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Slightly more advanced challenge: anthem
« on: July 16, 2012, 07:53:07 AM »
Here's something to try for our more-advanced forum members (and our less-advanced members are welcome to have a hand at it as well... it's a great experience):

Take your national anthem (or if you REALLY dislike the melody of your national anthem, you could always swipe someone else's), and write a brief "version" of it that is unlike anything else. Re-harmonize it. Break the phrases into smaller chunks. Modulate differently. Add WAY too much counterpoint.

The idea is a sort of "masquerade". Create a minute and a half of music that contains the national anthem... it should remain recognizable to a degree (ie: no camouflaging it so that no one can tell it's there).


you can score it as you like. large orchestra or single instrument. make it interesting, make it fun.
be creative.
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Re: Slightly more advanced challenge: anthem
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2012, 08:11:22 AM »
Oh this sounds like fun.  I have some conceptual ideas already that hopefully I can relate musically.  Great idea. 

Very nice harmonization of O Canada too. 
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Re: Slightly more advanced challenge: anthem
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2012, 03:03:04 PM »
I can never resist a challenge.  :)

http://www.ronaldjbrown.com/cf/o canada.mp3

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Re: Slightly more advanced challenge: anthem
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2012, 03:45:00 PM »
the last 6 notes were... too many notes. LOL

it certainly had a "glacial" feel to it.
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Re: Slightly more advanced challenge: anthem
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2012, 07:53:52 PM »
Here's an entry from the US :)

I'm trying to begin exploration on a scale I came up with not too long ago.  I'm not sure it works very well in this context.  That is taking a traditionally diatonic piece of music and trying to fit a nonatonic scale around it.  At any rate the score is attached and a link to the rendering is here



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Re: Slightly more advanced challenge: anthem
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2012, 11:22:00 PM »
Steve! that is incredibly clever!

I really like it. I think it works VERY well.
Honestly, you should consider submitting it to a brass quintet.

Only thing to change is the order of the instruments. In a quintet, the horn goes below the trumpets, rather than by orchestral score order.
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Re: Slightly more advanced challenge: anthem
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2012, 06:20:07 AM »
Thank you Michel.  I was afraid it sounded a bit wandering harmonically.  I like the opening and closing harmonies, but I didn't spend enough time on it for it to have a sense of direction harmonically to me.  Maybe I'm too close to it. 

I'll correct the score order.  I believe Finale did that by default.  It must use orchestral order as the default.  I probably could have tried using the brass quintet template instead. 
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Re: Slightly more advanced challenge: anthem
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2013, 06:55:08 AM »
Steve,

I just wandered into this topic.

I really love your presentation.

Quite intelligent in design and quite clever musically.

I agree with Michel .... it should be published.

Mark