cis minor - "She Said: Dark Clouds Passing" by Cis Minor published on 2012/10/19 21:05:15 +0000 A slow, yet dramatic piece written for string orchestra. This piece is actually a canon. It starts with a simple melody in the double basses. This melody is the core of the piece. With every repetition there kicks in a new voice, always transposed by a quint, and shifted by one bar. One by one the melody goes to the Celli (divided in two groups), the Violas (again divided in two groups) and finally the Violines (both sections divided in two parts). At the climax the canon consists of eight parallel voices. With each transposition the mode of the next voice is changing: a-minor in the basses, than phrygian in the first Celli, locrian in the second Celli, lydian in the first Violas and so on. The concept for this canon was taken from the beginning of the first movement of Gorecki's 3rd Symphony. If you like this piece than the credits are for the genius of Gorecki, if you dislike anything in this piece I should be blamed :-) The difficult part is to create a cantabile melody that will work in a strict, eigth-voice diatonic canon with florid counterpoint and leads to a satisfying holistic composition. And I need to admit that this is far beyond my musical imagination that I can do on paper. So I created an excel spreadsheet that allowed me to enter a melody-line and instantly see the eight-voice canon derived from this. To have a first aural impression I played the resulting harmonies on the piano. This was a very helpful tool, yet a reasonable amount of work. Afterwards I transcribed to paper and played each voice in my sequencer, fine tuned the dynamics and expression for each string section. I used the incredible L.A. Scoring Strings, horribly expensive, but I guess amongst the best string orchestra vst money can buy. The title is derived from a german saying: "Wolken ziehen vorüber" - this has the meaning of "you might come into trouble, but eventually this will be better". I dedicate this piece to Fine Hanneman.