Sunday, October 31, 2004

First Movement of Symphony Complete!

Whew! I finally finished the first movement of my Symphony No 1. Well, I'm not entirely finished, I'll probably go back and do a little polishing, but most of the work is done. It's six and a half minutes and in my favorite key: C major! The Symphony is entitled "The Competition" because it was written for Garritan's Orchestration Competition:

I'll officially post the MP3 on the music website in about a month, after I get some feedback from friends and make any changes I need to, but already you should be at least somewhat giddy inside. He he he. I'm not sure when I'll finish the second and third movements, but probably not for a while. I may even wait and enter them into next year's competition.

Also, November is National Novel Writing Month, commonly known as NaNoWriMo. The idea is to write and entire novel, of at least 50,000 words, in a month. It's insane, and I've never been able to do it before, but I'm gonna try. Check out NaNoWriMo at:

By the way, I didn't win a darn thing in that tutorial contest I mentioned in a previous blog. Oh well, too bad.

That's all for now. November will certainly be a busy month. So get to work.

Over and out.

Monday, October 25, 2004

My first trip to a live orchestra!

On Friday night, I had my first chance to attend a live orchestra, so I thought I'd write a little review of my experience. It was the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, and the program included Prokofiev's Symphony No 1, Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No 1, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 6.

I was able to get a free ticket to the orchestra since I am a student at the college the performance was held. And with all the tuition I am paying, I certainly deserved it! When I arrived, the first thing I noticed was that most of the people there were old people. I certainly have nothing against old people, but with students able to get free tickets, why didn't more students come? I felt left out as the old people enjoyed wine, for alas, I am too young to legally drink alcohol.

I walked into the concert hall and took my seat, near the middle but off to the side, where I could clearly see the violin players. Before the performance started, I felt bad for a woman in front of me who had decided to bring her baby. Perhaps she thought the baby would sleep, but of course it cried loudly instead. After much of the crowd stared at her meanly, she left with her baby and I didn't see her come back. Next to me sat two fellow students, however they seemed to think the symphony was the right place to show their affection for one another. I guess they finally got bored of the music, becuase they didn't show up for any of the other pieces after the first.

The first piece, Prokofiev's Symphony No 1, was played perfectly. The sound of a real live orchestra sounds a lot better than anything you can do on a computer. I think that's mostly because of the limits of computer speakers. At a live orchestra, the entire sound seems to surround you; it's an awesome experience.

The second piece, Shostokavich, was also played wonderfully. I'm not a big fan of the modernists, but when you actually see a guy playing that concerto, it adds another dimension to the performance, and you'll never be able to do that with a computer. I also noticed people like to save their coughs until those short moments of silence between each piece.

The final piece, Tchaikovsky, was awesome. Superb. Excellent. With cymbals and loud brass, I don't know how people do it! It really puts all my work to shame.

Next, on Nov 13, the Dresden Philharmonic plays Beethoven's Symphony No 7! I love getting free tickets!

Over and out.