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Isabella Opus 33

Composer Name: Bella Israel
This piece is a duet. I wrote it for two french horns and now know I will need to change one to another instruments. Any suggestions, please? Also I would like to change my time signature to 2/4.
Grade Level: 5
Intended For: Live Instrument Performance
Software Used: Noteflight
Instrumentation: 2 French Horns
Key: C major
Meter Signature: 2/8
Tempo: 120
Status: Work in Progress
Noteflight URL: Website Title
Located in: Opus 33 Grades 2-5


#3 Matt LaRocca 2018-02-20 12:21
Hi Bella,

Nice work! I think it’s flowing much better already with those little changes. It now feels like it’s in C major, and C is your home tone.

From here, what can you do to expand it out? Does each instrument take a turn playing the melody? Or are there spots where they work together?

I would also consider making the melody just a little bit longer. Maybe aim for eight measures of melody and involve the notes C,D,E,F and G in it. Try it out and see what works!

#2 isabella israel 2018-02-19 14:54
Hi, Matt,

I started and ended on a C in one part. I changed the 2/8 to 2/4.

Let me know you know what think.

Thank you,
#1 Matthew LaRocca 2018-02-08 15:05
Hi Bella!

My name is Matt, and I'll be working with you this Opus. You've got a good start to a piece, and I like where this is going to be going.

I would change one of the horns to a trumpet. That way you have some high notes the trumpet can hit, and lower notes the french horn can hit. The other option would be to write it for two trumpets, which we do have available, if you want two of the same instrument.

To change your time signature, you can click directly on the 2/8 and change the numbers to be 4/4.

I like how your melody slowly moves down and then back up again. I would suggest that you end your melody on a C, which helps us feel like C is the home key of your piece.

Keep writing, and I'm excited to see what you post next!


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