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EDIT: Thanks for the great comments, everyone! I have uploaded a slightly better version with better mixing.
For over two years, I have been submitting my work to Newgrounds and today I have reached a milestone in that work- my 100th audio submission to Newgrounds. In respect to that, I have put together a piece the likes of which I have never created before- it is longer than, more varying than, and hopefully greater than any previous piece I have tried to make, in an attempt to manifest the things I have learned and the styles I have developed over these two years. This piece means a lot to me, and it has been a work that has taken many hours more than any other, and consumed and bothered me more than any other as well.
This song is organized in a more traditional four-movement form common of a symphony. Aside from being extremely short compared to a symphony, it differs in the sense that most symphonies are bound together by a common theme or key, but this one is bound together by tempo- the entire song (albeit parts where it slows down) is at 80 BPM.
The four movements:
1. Maestoso con Brio (majestic with vigor)- (0:00-1:30)
2. Obscuro alla Marcia (dark, as/like a march)- (1:33-3:04)
3. Dolce e Grazioso (Sweetly and Gracefully)- (3:05-4:10)
4. Brillante Con Brio (Brilliantly, with Spirit)- (4:11-5:17)
You can also interpret the movements as characters (thus the title):
1. The Emperor
2. The Soldier
3. The Villager
4. The Hero
Movement 1 starts off quiet and dark, but rises slowly to a lofty timbre over time. Of the several people who have heard this piece before, they seem to like this movement the best.
Movement 2 is dark through and through until the finale. Horns and trumpets hold dominance here, subjugating even the lofty violins from movement 1. The song is filled with dissonance, combat and a steady beat in the second half.
Movement 3 is a total reversal from movement 2, relaxing and calm, and is both basic and archaic in form, being almost entirely I-IV-V as a folk or church song might be.
Movement 4 is like a charismatic commander preparing his men for combat with an arousing speech. The F min -> F maj motif repeats several times, each time more embellished, until it resolves further into a strong finale.
-created using Finale 2009 and EWQL Symphonic Orchestra-
Please, by all means, feel free to review the piece or comment on what you interpret parts as or such... I really LOVE to hear what people think when they hear the music.