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Grecian Dances [RAC 2012]

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Mar 18, 2012 | 6:14 PM EDT
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7.6 MB
3 min 19 sec
4.28 / 5.00

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My entry for the 2012 Represent-a-Country competition, representing Greece.

I decided early on that I wanted to do something with early Greek music. I then realized I would be fighting an uphill battle working with some ancient melodies. Thus, I changed my mind and focused on taking some more contemporary (relatively speaking) Greek folk music elements and turning them into a piece that is as much reflective on Greek culture as on myself, incorporating orchestral and cinematic elements into the piece to provide a new look at an old style.

See below for pictures of my very messy but somehow workable score in Finale... I don't normally label my staves, but I reckon you can see which is which. Note that the second to last staff is ambient background (that's why it looks weird), which adds a bit of realism in my opinion.

Designed Orchestration:
2 Flutes
3-4 Clarinets
2-3 Trumpets
4-6 F. Horns
3-4 Trombones
Var. Strings (Violins, Violas, Cellos)
1 Guitar

Keys Used: D Maj., A Maj, E Maj, F# Maj., C Maj. (I know, why would the Brass guy write a song in all sharps?)
Time Signatures Used: 2/4, 3/4, 6/8, 7/8, 4/4
Headaches Acquired: Too Many

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I began my research reading up on classical Greek theory in A History of Western Music (J. Peter Burkholder; pages 10-23) and by conducting a study on the Epitaph of Seikilos (which I uploaded to my soundcloud). However, after listening to some more modern Greek music I picked up at the local library, a CD called Memories from Greece (1999; AMG), as well as a CD of Romani music. The primary proved rather invaluable. I also took the time to ask for some tips from my band teacher, who grew up in a Greek household and knows much about their rhythms and style.

I did not use the internet much in this research, although I did find some very interesting elements on early Greek music, including a tutorial on how to build your own Lyre which I may complete at some point if I have time and resources.



Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

hello samulis we chose your music for a video game named tropical terror who will be featured on yoyo game and cbna. if you don t want your product to be on the game just contact me on my newground acount and we will remove it. thanks for your work i wont forget to credit you

samulis responds:

Howdy there,

I am always glad to see my work featured. I am glad you like it. Please contact me by message if you have any questions or wish to use the music commercially. :)



Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Excellently realised composition. Each instrument plays a somewhat idiomatic line with effective and very Grecian harmony etc. Some passing dissonances to iron out here and there, but hey ho :)

Keep it going man, this is sounding very very good :D

PS: Love the kinda serenade thing you had going on at the end, it really spoke to me. Transitions and bold/ daring key changes brought a great deal of interest to the fore. Some intriguing rhythmic changes around the three minute mark as well! Excellent stuff indeed.

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samulis responds:

Thanks, I did put a bit of my own style into it. Although the Greek style is rather strongly against dissonance, I love throwing some in here and there to give the song more character.

Thank God I am never playing this... the F-sharp passage would kill me! D:

Thanks for the review!


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

This is great. Like the transitions between key signatures and chords. Nice instruments' creativity too.

The only complain is the the quality. Sounds like it has compressed.

Good luck in the contest.

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samulis responds:

Hmm... it was actually not compressed. Perhaps the issue was that I did mastering mainly on headphones instead of using mainly my speakers. It's 320-kbps .mp3. I'll check it though, thanks for mentioning that.