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Black Forest Dance v2

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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 :-)

Guest said

Very outdoorish sounds...diggio!

Guest said

Hi Eduard, just cooking dinner and being royally entertained! Bee

Guest said

A brilliant tune, well structured and arranged

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Dave Berry said

Beautiful

Guest said

Diamond dust.

Guest said

Another spell-binding beauty.

Guest said

Definately caught the environment. Interesting reading about the process too. I have always thought it would be cool to have a tree house, like the ewoks village in Star Wars. lol...I could see it listening to this. The camp fire blazing...

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ghst said

mmm, beautiful, what an imaginative composition. playful, mystical and fun.

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Utopian Hedonism said

This could suit to these beautiful fairy tales like Corpse Bride. Fantastic arrangement and magical melodies !

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another cultural landslide said

BRAVO! w;-)

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Threads Of Madness said

Very Nice Track, It Sparks My Imagination. Beautiful Composition.

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Lalo Oceja said

great again!!!

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Lalo Oceja said

about your comment to my romance for orchestra: yes, I agree... how much I need a real orchestra!!! I really thank you, you know? I was thinking on doing that piece over again :) thanks again

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Lalo Oceja said

going from minor to major tones.. that was perfect

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Lalo Oceja said

The more I hear it, the more I like it... great work

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Gareth Grant said

Great stuff.

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yahondu said

shutting my eyes - i was back in brazil - the rainforest there is alive with many things - both fairy and non-fairy. thanks for this beautiful piece of "forest" music!

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Lalo Oceja said

Eduard, keep saying such a beautiful words to music, I love the way you describe a piece of music, its fantastic!

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Lalo Oceja said

drakonis, you are a great musician and a poet!!! thank you

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Lalo Oceja said

Bravissssimo! very well done maestro. it makes me think of a rimsky korsakov work

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another cultural landslide said

Oh yes, this is beautiful!

Guest said

And now it is a warm Autumn eve in my kitchen. Bewitching music!

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