music for bagpipes and drum

I wanted to write a piece of music that included the chords: C, Caug, Cdim, C# and resolve back to C. I used these chords as the harmonic backdrop to the piece. I then used the C, and C# pentatonic scales for the melodic material. This outline is Divertimento #2. What grew out of that material is “Life Just Happens”.

This is written for 3 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, and a Db bass. It includes an introduction to the motifs and then the motif themselves. Once all of the motifs are played by the violin then it repeats itself using the cello in the same manner and then switches to the viola.  The finale brings all the the elements together ending on the C chord.

It is 40 sec. for Divertimento #2 and Life Just Happens is 7min. 30 sec. long.

You can listen a representation of the piece on Soundcloud here.

I composed this piece in 2020. It is a string sextet orchestral piece, featuring 3 violins, a viola, cello and bass. The inspiration for this piece came from my Divertimento #2, a musical sketch for the same instruments. I expanded greatly on this sketch and came up with this piece and after I finished it and listened to it, I named it Life Just Happens. 

To me the piece has all the elements of a life lived, happiness, sadness, tension, release and all the other emotions that we humans have as we live our lives. It times out at 7 min. 30 seconds, making it a substantial piece of music. This is quite a departure for me, in that it is more contemporary sounding than  my other works. Having said that, old habits die hard and I still combined a couple of delightful melodies to accompany cacophony that exists in the piece. 

Geek Speak: 

I used the BBC Orchestra Pro in this piece for most of the instruments, but since it has three violins I wanted to have the violins to have their own voice. I used the instrument leaders of each string section (there are two ) in the BBC Orchestra violin section. I used Spitfires Solo Strings and took the virtuoso violin from this library. Once the sounds were assigned, I found that they sounded too much like a section rather than solo instruments. To correct this I went into the mixer section and chose a close mic and an ambient mic and that narrowed the sonic capabilities to match more of a solo instrument. I mixed each of these instruments one at a time adding only one at a time to give the balance that you hear on this recording. Once mixed I mastered it with Logic Pro mastering button. 

You can hear a clip of this piece on SoundCloud: 

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