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Sonatina for Orchestra

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A short, classical sonatina for orchestra in the style of late Haydn and Mozart and early Beethoven.

This sonatina features many different techniques and sounds common in the later classical period – the instrumentation is typical of the time (with the exception of four timpani instead of two), the sonata form is one of the common and well-known forms, and the opening motif and lyrical, string heavy melodies have become characteristics of the time. It has the sound of Beethoven writing in the style of later Mozart or Haydn, sticking with the styles of Haydn and Mozart for most of the piece but occasionally slipping in a bit of Beethoven’s own sound.

The audio was recorded through Garritan Personal Instruments 4 into my computer and mixed with Audacity and Pro Tools 11. If you want to use this in a project (commercial or non-commercial), please let me know before you use it (this is purely for my own interest and records - I'd like to know how my music is being used and how it's spreading).

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Awesome composition. I liked it from the beginning - the introduction with the unisono was just so classical! Also the use of the clarinets was a very nice detail. Hard to believe that mozart was one of the first / the first composer who really inserted clarinets into his compositions - lots of new possibilities for orchestrators :D

The thematical work is near perfect. Cant find any issues. A piano would have been a nice addition. The track would be perfect for a classical piano concerto.

Overall: This is one of the best tracks from the compositoric view i have seen here so far. Good job. But: PLEASE BUY A BETTER ORCHESTRA LIBRARY. The sound really was ... ehrm ... just not state of the art. Thats how libraries sounded many years ago. If you are looking for a cheap solution with "quite good, but not extremely awesome" sound i would recommend the good old EWQL Symphonic Orchestra Gold / Platinum. If you are looking for something more epic / higher quality: Check your PM!

Glad to have you on board sir! Serious classical composers are rare here :D

5/5. Added you to my favourit artists. Btw: The jazz composition also was quite good, but the piano accompaniment could need some more variety. The chord progression, feel and harmonics are still good sir!

DavidGrossmanMusic responds:

Thanks, I'm glad you like my music. I agree that a piano could have added another layer to the music, but when writing it I didn't want to add a piano (I heard the track in my head without a piano, so I wrote it without a piano, although I am working on a few piano concertos right now - both will be on my website and one will also be on here, I think). With regards to the audio, I use Garritan instruments for everything I record (check the description, it lists GPO 4 as the VST that I used to create the file). The reason it might not sound as good is because when I created this audio file back in early summer of last year I was doing almost no mixing outside of Finale (and because my computer has a bad habit of messing up the sound quality when I convert from wav to mp3). Some of the newer pieces I've written and mixed have a much more realistic sound than this, but to mix/remix all of my music from last year would take too much time.

Thanks for your recommendation of East West - one of my composition teachers uses their libraries and is happy with it, but that's what he started out using for VST libraries and prefers it over Garritan. I've looked at some of their programs and feel that they are more difficult to use, and the much higher price tag (more than twice the price of the Garritan libraries I have to get the same instrument coverage (orchestra, wind/brass band, jazz band, organ, world instruments, etc.) - when I purchased the Garritan instrument libraries I was still in high school but could get a student discount, something that East West wouldn't offer), which doesn't really make up for the only slight (in my opinion) improvement in quality. Yes, there are some instruments that East West has that Garritan does not, but there are also a lot of instruments that Garritan features that aren't yet available in East West at the same quality. In the future, if I have access to an orchestra, I will use them to record, but until then I make do with what I have and do as much mixing as I can. At some point I might switch to East West if I feel the benefits outweigh the cost, but don't think that would be for a while. If I find that I'd be using VSTs for a lot of scoring and soundtrack recording, I'd probably start switching over, especially to one of the choir libraries first.

For the jazz piece, I don't know if I mentioned it in the description, but the percussion and rhythm instrument tracks were only done so the audio wasn't just the head and nothing else. At some point I might upload a live recording of my combo playing it, and the rhythm and percussion would be much better.


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Feb 12, 2014
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Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.