Black Forest Dance v2
Close your eyes, and come with me. It is a warm Autumn eve in the Black Forest. There are ancient folk tales about this magical wood… how late at night it comes to life with mischievious fairies and wood nymphs. Any mortal who hears the unusual, hauntingly romantic dance music, will be enchanted, drawn into the heart of the forest, and will never return. Hush! Do you hear them? They’re calling, gathering for the dance…
Extra Notes: I wanted to create an unusual dance, something that felt just a little off-kilter, strange, but catchy at the same time. I wrote a melody that switched between minor and major, and also wrote an unusual rhythmic “loping” feel between the cellos, strings, and clarinet. It is in 4/4 time, but doesn’t want to be… I’m dubbing it a “faux-trot”. This is for all of us who have delightfully quirky eternal romances. Deepest thanks to my wife who inspires my music, and guided and critiqued this piece so thoughtfully. She really wanted the middle section to be a full-fledged-fugue, but it is a simpler canon (“round”) for now until I learn more about composition.
Version 2 Notes: I made a fatal mistake in version 1, where I had written the clarinet part such that a few notes were one note lower than a Bb clarinet could actually play. So I transposed the whole piece up from C# minor to D minor, and it all fits now. It was also suggested that I sprinkle some pizzicato strings in here, so I rewrote a few sections to let the strings and celli feel plucky. And, I separated the string staff into 2, violins and violas, and fixed a couple of bad chords. This sounds better, now it can be played by a real orchestra :-)