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Carefree Minuet


Author Comments

"A modern approach to Baroque orchestra."


EW Symphonic Orchestra


  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Double Bass


  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Clarinet in Bb


  • Harpsichord

Composer's comment:

I am a big fans of Baroque music and French music, and quite a lot of French modern composer also have their own approach of Baroque dance music (such as Debussy and Ravel). Minuet is one of my most favorite Baroque dance, probably because my most favorite childhood piano music is Minuet in G major by Petzold.

This music took me 11 hours in FL studio. Most of the time is just me twitching the articulation and that is quite tiresome. I probably should adjust more dynamic control but then I got quite lazy of it.

Harmony-wise this music is pretty have quite a lot of traditional harmonic progression, as well as parallel harmony, extended harmony, whole-tone, and lots lots lots of modal mixture. Quite improvisational and "carefree" if you may say.

(p.s. I will be really mad if harpsichord count as string and it doesn't count as keyboard instrument.)


CD Icon image taken from: https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/the-minuet-58933

The Minuet

Leopold Schmutzler (1864–1941)

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

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Just found your page, your music is lovely!

Do you know of Poulenc? He's my unhealthy obsession and also a 20th-century French composer. I can really hear the modern French influence with the obvious melodic weaving and the delightful harmonies that flow effortlessly but are occasionally awry (03:52 is a good one) Your adhesion to a strict stucture helps make the multi-tonality make sense too. I also totally get the pain that comes from plucking out articulation so that things sound more natural. It's a headache to go through, but it's polish that definitely helps this piece shine. I mean, the mixing you did doesn't present any problems to me. I'm refreshed by this improvisatory wandering and thank you for doing this honestly.

You should be fine with the harpsichord in the context of the contest. I would hope the last thing it'd be considered is a string instrument.

MIssionary-music responds:

Yes I know Poulenc, one of my musician friend actually told me that this sounds like some sort of Poulenc+Ravel+Prokofiev+Debussy all come together. And certain part also sounds like "Alborada del gracioso" from Mirror by Ravel (especially the orchestra version), which I didn't recognize it until he told me.

You might want to check my other piece as well: https://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/1009182

This totally sounds like Poulenc and Prokofiev.

sounds great, probably going to win the orchestra jam

nice work

Sounds like it would be in an ambient sort of game, like Candy Crush.

MIssionary-music responds:

Some puzzle game like "Echochrome" have great BGM too.

Credits & Info

4.43 / 5.00

Feb 27, 2021
5:28 AM EST
File Info
11.7 MB
5 min 7 sec
  • FL Studio
Misc. Kit
  • EW Symphonic Orchestra

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