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Nirnaeth Arnoediad

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Hello, This is my first composition. It was for a class called AP Music theory.

It is a piece based on the The Battle of Nirnaeth Arnoediad from the book "The Silmarillion".

The Instruments used are all brass and Timpani.

The program used was Finale 2006.

Here's an outline of what I was attempting to portray.
0.00 - 0.18 - The Appointed Day.
0.18 - 0.35 - The Arrival of Gondolin and Fingon's Speech.
0.35 - 0.38 - The Silence before the Storm
0.38 - 0.58 - The Heralds of Angband and The mutilation of Gelmir.
0.58 - 1.12 - Gwindor's madness, and capture.
1.12 - 1.22 - Angband Unleashed.
1.22 - 1.29 - Fingon's Retreat.
1.29 - 1.33 - Hithlum's and Gondolin's charge.
1.33 - 1.48 - On the Fourth Day of fighting begins Nirnaeth Arnoediad, The Battle of Unnumbered Tears.
1.48 - 2.12 - Maedhros' arrival to the Battle.
2.12 - 2.20 - The Betrayal of Men.
2.20 - 2.27 - Maedhros' Retreat.
2.27 - 2.41 - Fingon's Duel with Gothmog... And Hurin, the last survivor Fighting alone.... (End of Battle)
2.43 - 2.57 - The "I-have-run-out-of-time-o n-this-project-cool-endin g" ending.

So that said I probably would have ended it different if I had more time to complete the project.


First composition? Great!

Hey, cool! I took AP Music theory last year. What was the assignment? I don't write a lot of reviews, but your comments caught my eye. Yeah, Silmarillion, I should read that again. I just had to read The Hobbit for my Mythology class. I write all my music on Finalo 2007 so there's another connection I made with this song lol.

There's a lot of music on this site that sounds like a 10 year old just typed random stuff into finale notepad. But you're studying theory, so thats good to see. Finally onto the critique: The instrumentation fits the style and is well used. I would make the opening tuba part move a little bit. You use rests very effectively, like at 0:58. That build into a complete break is nice. The use of timpini at like 1:20 is also good. The dissonance at 1:54 is good. Let's see... what would make it better? At 2:16, I would put all the low parts on the root so that you get the effect of the high parts on the m3, and then all the lows on 1. Idk, I'd like that better. I'm not a big fan of the repetition at 2:30- 2:40. Change it up a little bit. And on the last note, trumpet up the octave man! It's the climax, don't wus out on it.
Overall, Great. A year of theory has done you well. First composition and a great success. Not perfect, but I like it. 5/5


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Vexorian responds:

Thanks for the review!

It was our project for the last 9-weeks.. Which was our only grade. And the objective was to use everything we know to compose a 3 minute composition. Being any style we wanted as long as we could explain it.

Yeah, I know there were certain parts that could have been a bit different but at the time I had time constraints to where I only could work on it at certain times, so I basically just had to finish it. Like the ending was the "I-have-to-end-this" ending.

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4.07 / 5.00

May 22, 2008
4:34 PM EDT
File Info
6.7 MB
2 min 57 sec

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