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LB - Triumphant Return

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"What a cruel thing is war: to separate and destroy families and friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness God has granted us in this world; to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors, and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world." ~Robert E. Lee, letter to his wife, 1864

Hey guys.

I hope you enjoy this latest piece, I really had a lot of fun making it and as far as production quality goes, I think its my best yet.
The piece follows a ABA approach. The first section being the soldiers marching home, the B section (Piano) is in my mind the soldiers reuniting with family and friends, then finishing with a reprise of the A section.

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Thanks ^.^


Sounding quite interesting. Unfortunately, not many textures, transitions, patterns and chords. Instrument uses are quite, tiny bit interesting.

If you were aiming for the epic war theme, I think you missed it miserably terrible. But I like your experiment works.

Keep it up.

Good... except I can't believe you used that chord progression. C'mon... seriously? :3

One critique is that the horn sound you used is wayy too high velocity for the feel you want. Use a mezzo forte or mp volume/patch but just bring it up in the mixer. Remember that even within instruments is a range of feels that should be carefully watched.

I really like the B phrase. A lot of people make B phrases that are really bland or not contrasting enough, but you did a good job bringing in a new feel for a bit.

I question why you chose the piano for the A section march. I think a brass ensemble would be able to symbolize the feeling of a march a bit better, or even an emulation of fife-and-drum. Programmatic music is something where you should never be afraid to use something out of line or unexpected. :)

One recommendation is to have a bit more variation in your melodies and ostinatos (repeating patterns). Perhaps have the snare pattern change every 4th measure or likewise with other instruments, having certain times slightly different. This keeps the music fresh and evolving even through a buildup.

I also think you could use more orchestra in this... I understand the need for an intimate feel, but soldiers marching? I'm thinking full steam ahead orchestration-wise. Also don't be afraid of ornamentation, either within parts or just by adding counter-melodies to the piece by adding other parts (a few nice woodwind ornaments never hurt anything).

Keep compos(ed/ing)!

LazyBucks responds:

Thank you Samulis.

I'll be sure to take all your advice into the fold next time for sure :D

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Credits & Info


3.98 / 5.00

Apr 20, 2013
11:23 AM EDT
File Info
4.8 MB
3 min 29 sec

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Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.