Mentoring Program

March of The Alchemist

This piece is supposed to sound like an alchemist who is putting metals together to make things like potions and gold. In some parts, more than one instrument has the main melody, so it sounds like the melodys are two different items that the alchemist are putting together, And the melody is the chemical reactions that turn it into the result.
Grade Level: 6
Intended For: Live Instrument Performance
Software Used: Noteflight
Instrumentation: Violin, Cello, Piano
Key: A Minor
Meter Signature: 4/4
Tempo: 100&112
Status: Work in Progress
Noteflight URL: Website Title


#4 Erik Nielsen 2017-09-25 12:40
Dear Jamie,
Thanks for creating the parts. Your mother emailed them to me and they look just right. I'll let you know as soon as we have a date for the performance confirmed. Good work!

Best wishes,
#3 Erik Nielsen 2017-09-21 13:24
Dear Jamie,
Thanks for taking care of these things. Your score looks great now. I've printed it as a .pdf for the musicians, so all I need from you is the individual parts.
I'm pretty sure you're the one who showed me how to automatically put in multi-measure rests in the parts, but just in case I didn't, here are the instructions.
Go to Settings (that's the "gear wheel" next to the tuning fork in the upper left part of the tool bar above your music). Click on it and a menu will open. Click on Formatting in the upper menu, then go to near the bottom of the Formatting page that opens up and check the box that says "automatically create multi-measure rests". Save your changes and then click on "Print parts" (that's the multi-page icon on the top tool bar of the score). Print them as .pdf files and then go to Google Drive and upload the parts to the folder I've shared with you that has your name. I can't print the parts unless you send them in the way I've described above. In any case, please do this as soon as you can and in the meantime, let me know if you have questions. Once you've sent me the parts your piece will be all set. Hooray!

Best wishes,
#2 Jamie Maddox-White 2017-09-20 18:01
Hi Eric,
I changed the piano dynamics at rehearsal A, and changed the sudden change in tempo. It works well!
#1 Erik Nielsen 2017-08-03 09:56
Dear Jamie,
I really enjoyed working with you last week. Your piece came a long way during our five days together and now is much more coherent and effective.
I really only have two questions for you. First, are you sure you want the piano to remain f all the way from rehearsal A to B? It seems to me that a lot of it is background material, especially in bars 15-27 (with the exception of the 16th note run in bars 21-22). I'd suggest doing more with crescendi and decrescendi during this long section so it's not always at f but better matches the other instruments and their dynamic level.
My second question has to do with the tempo change at bar 39. We may have already discussed this, but I forget what you told me. Do you want that to be a sudden tempo change or to have a poco rit. starting at 38 (letter C)? A rit. there will make it easier for the players, but you're the composer, so just tell me what your decision is on that.
Jamie, this is going to be an exciting piece to listen to, especially with the surprise ending. Let me know about your decisions on the two questions I've asked above and then we'll get to printing the parts. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best wishes,

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