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Wind Quartet - Snow is Falling

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2st Movement of a 2-part Wind Quartet! This wind quartet reminds me a little of the music in the Legend of Zelda series. I tried to really employ the colors of the different instruments to get a really full sound and exotic images in my head. I personally see a lot of winter imagery in my head, so I called it "Snow is Falling". The dark jazzier section in the middle reminds me a lot of the howling, biting wind of the winter, as well as the solitude of winter, with spring coming forth, represented by the metaphor of the rising of jazz in the composition.

Score at my Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/ke ntokhromatic

If you take a look at the youtube link, someone left a visual description of this and the first movement (In a Lake) based on the Legend of Zelda! It was really interesting, so I thought I'd post a copy of it here as well:

dicehiggins (1 day ago) 0 Reply | Spam
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Beautiful. Makes%uFEFF me wish I could dance Ballet, because listening to it puts in my head a story.\

..a zelda based story. Start out with Zelda and Link together, sitting%uFEFF by a lake in a clearing. (in the first movement) they are talking, dancing, playing, being children. in the background, dancers representing deer and rabbits watch them. (I see the animals around 2 min into the song) around 3:18 things start to get a bit dark something is wrong, the dancers react. 4:00 the animals start to run off stage.

5:00 gannon(dorf) shows up, but hidden from Zelda and Link. around 5:30 she takes Zelda without Link seeing. Begin Second movement. Link looks for Zelda, can't find her. Runs around 'calling' for her. Faerie shows up around 1:10, tells him what happened. They maybe go to a town, ask people if they know what to%uFEFF do... end up at the temple of time. 1:50 changes into old link at 2:30 he enters a forest. There is snow, and monsters. He battles his way through.

he makes it to a dungeon. Enters, and battles his way through. In the music I can see him sneaking through each room, fighting as guards see him. 5:00 is the boss fight.%uFEFF 5:24 boss is dead. 5:33 receive the triforce. (Just what I saw)

Reviews


Good quality Quartet.

Very good, the quality of the playback is decent and the composing itself shows a good level of competence, did I listen to your other wing quarter? I forget what score I gave it, but this sounds like an 8.

some point, and these don't effect the score:

the author's comment; for god sake man, no need for the life story, explaining every detail of the piece sorts contextualizes the piece before you've even listened to it.
let your music do the talking. if it's good it dosnt need a interpriter writing essays on it and every single minute of it. a big long explanation can suggest that your not as good at communicating through music as you'd like to be and that you need to back it up with long stories. to make sure it;s listened to the right way.


kentokhromatic responds:

Hi,

I'm not sure if it was obvious enough from the description, but the narrative that was in the description was posted by a user I don't personally know in my channel named "dicehiggins". The reason why I posted his writing was because I like the idea of "story music", such as Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet. In it, each movement references and symbolizes parts of the story. I think the use of text as something the music is directly referring to is justifiable because it is a collaboration of mediums (story & music, in the case of dicehiggins' description), rather than simply an artificial description of the music. In other words, dicehiggins' description I included here is an optional opportunity to experience the music in a different, collaborative medium between story and song.


Love the sound

I LOVE the sound of this, what are you using to put it together? The way the instruments compliment each other is rather beautiful. Is it a clarinet that starts at around 2:35, really nice, counters the rest of the instruments wonderfully. I agree about the winter imagery, it most certainly has that feel to it and I can hear the zelda influences in there. My only suggestion would be the that it lacks a central theme, it has a lot of really good parts but I think it needs something to tie it all together and make it a bit more cohesive. On the whole though I think it sounds great and really would like to know what you're using to put it together?

Bloody Marvelous!


kentokhromatic responds:

I'm just using Finale right now!

I think I will always struggle with where is a good degree of theme; my teacher discourages me from literal repetitions or recapitulations, and encourages me to move more towards subliminal themes and taking priority the direction of music, to imitate more the flow of speech. The first motif in particular is hidden in the vocabulary of the other lines, where they are more subliminal and intuitive, save the middle section.

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Credits & Info


Listens
772
Downloads
34
Votes
18
Score
3.51 / 5.00

Uploaded
Jul 20, 2009
5:07 AM EDT
Genre
Classical
File Info
Song
7.9 MB
5 min 45 sec

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