Orchestral

Urban Sprawl (2022) Orchestral

Some time ago I heard about an orchestral suite by Spitfire audio that was free. It was their B.B.C. Orchestra Discovery. I did some research on YouTube and found an entertaining fellow Guy Michelmore who put this suite through its paces. He uses a keyboard and hardware to input his ideas. I on the other hand use notation software to create my midi files. 

Inspired by what Guy did I wanted to create a piece of music that showcased as much of this orchestral suite as possible. I created this music completely in my DAW (digital audio workstation), quite a departure for me. Once done I converted it to notation and have it available to the public on my website in the SHOP area. 

Lets start: 

Introduction: Section 1 &2

I chose the key of C, 4/4 time, and 120 bpm. then went into my chord pack and input the chords: 

C, G, Am, F, C.  

I wanted to start out with tension to grab the listeners attention. 

The instruments to create this feel are: Flute1&2, Trumpets, French Horn, Tubular Bells, Timpani, Cello and Bass. 

Introduction to the Theme: C, Am, F, G, C, tempo 76 bpm.

I listened to the chord structure at this point and then sang a melody into the DAW and converted it to midi … this became the basis for the Theme. 

Here I reduced the instrumentation to: Bass, Cello, Tubular Bells, Strings, Bassoon, & Clarinet. 

Tension keeps building. 

Theme: Section 3:

The Clarinets & Cello state the melody here, supported by the Bassoons, Strings and Timpani. 

Rhythm is done by the Trumpets, French Horn, Trombones and Basses. The next section is signalled by the Tubular Bells which becomes the case for all the sections. 

Showcase Movements: 50 bpm. 

Here is where I wanted to showcase the different Orchestral sections. The time moves from 4/4 time to 3/4 time. You will hear the traditional um pa pa throughout this section.  

This section is divided up into 3 parts: 

     Section 4: (brass sounding)   

Features the combined woodwinds and brass, they carry the melody and accompaniment. 

Timpani is used for accent purposes.

     Section 5: (string sounding) 

Features the String section supported by the woodwinds. Timpani used for accent purposes.

    Section 6: 

This part features the tuned percussion. The Marimba takes the melody, supported by the Glockenspiel, Xialaphone, and Harp. The Tubular Bells introduce the beginning and end of this section. 

Finale: Section 7: C,G,F,Am,C  4/4 time, 140 bpm. 

The melody variation is taken by the Flutes, Clarinets and Cello supported by the Strings, with the addition of Tubular Bells, Harp, and  Timpani. 

So what does this give us? Three movements, 4/4 time, 3/4 time, 4/4 time, divided into 7 sections, 3,3,1, and just under 12 min. of musical wonder. Played with 22 instruments. 

I do hope you enjoy it. 

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