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I wrote this piece for my mom, also so my family could play it together. My mom and sister play the violin, my brother plays the viola, and I play the cello. This piece is meant to be very uplifting, also, it reminds me of waves and a breeze on the lake. It was really fun composing for Opus!
Grade Level: 5
Intended For: Live Instrument Performance
Software Used: Noteflight
Instrumentation: violin 1, violin 2, viola, and cello
Key: C Major
Meter Signature: 4/4
Tempo: 120
Status: Completed Work
Noteflight URL: Website Title


#19 Matthew LaRocca 2017-04-12 20:39
Thanks Cassie!
#18 Cassandra Beste 2017-04-12 11:55
I also updated my Bio and my description of my piece.
#17 Cassandra Beste 2017-04-12 11:41
I fixed the slurs and did the rehearsal marks. Also this is how I want it.
Thank you!
#16 Matthew LaRocca 2017-04-11 21:42
Hi Cassie,

That's odd. Is it how you want it now?

Also, I would like you to add in rehearsal marks to the piece - they always help the musicians a ton.

And some of your slurs are off. Look at:





The slur pattern should be the same as what you did in the previous ones, so I think it's just a typo.

#15 Cassandra Beste 2017-04-07 16:48
I changed the ending chord, it sounds much better! But, its really weird, last time I changed my piece (at school) It didn't have some of the changes I made before. But I thought that I didn't save it, but now i'm at my computer at home and it didn't have the changes I had at school which I DID save! So, I don't know what's happening!
#14 Matthew LaRocca 2017-04-06 11:56
Excellent. Thanks Cassie! I think those little cuts make it flow much better now.

At the end, since you end on a C major chord (I really like the changed ending, btw), I think you should give Violin 2 a G so you get all the notes in the chord. C,E, and G.

Jake, what other score prep did you have for Cassie?

#13 Cassandra Beste 2017-04-06 08:45
Ok, I shortened the piece where you said. I also changed the end, into a not so depressing ending, which I did before but I guess I didn't save that. Now what was the end is earlier in the piece. Will you please send me any and all additional changes to get ready for Opus?

Thank you!
#12 Matthew LaRocca 2017-04-05 14:16
Hi Cassie,

Congratulations on being selected for Opus! I'm very excited for you.

We need to shorten your piece just a little bit to keep it under the time limit.

I would cut measures 49.52, 58-61 and 70-73, where you have the four previous bars repeated exactly. This does double duty in that it will shorten it just a little bit, and also by changing the 12 bar phrase to eight bar phrases, it moves the listener to the end of the piece which will be very cool.

Let me know if you have any questions!


PS- in bar 75, there's a B# that you should rewrite as a C natural.
#11 Cassandra Beste 2017-04-04 16:33
Ok, Thank you!
#10 Jake Lester 2017-04-04 16:03
Hi Cassie,

Congratulations! Your piece has been selected for performance at Opus 32! I hope you're excited, because I definitely am.

Now, we begin the next phase - preparing your score for performance. There are a few minor visual things that you should change right now.

First off, you should include your name and title on the score. Also, if you have a measure with only rests, make sure you use a whole rest. Measure 8 in the first violin, for example, has two quarter note rests and a half note rest. This should be changed into a whole rest. This happens again at measure 43. Be sure to address this as soon you can.

Another thing - we're going to have to shorten your piece a little bit because it has gone over the time limit. Either Matt or Erik will be in touch with you to figure that out.

Thanks Cassie. Once again, congratulations!

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