"Majestic music," written for the Professional Composers Music Composition Challenge.
Busy week, and general focus issues, and I just couldn't get anywhere with my original idea - so on the last day, I gave up and wrote this waltz instead.
Software: Cubase Pro 10, Kontakt 5, VSS3, Ozone 8.
Libraries: Spitfire Symphonic Strings, Spitfire Symphonic Woodwinds, Spitfire Percussion, Orchestral Tools Metropolis Ark 1, 8Dio Century Brass Solo.
Idea and orchestration:
My original idea was mostly sound design based on three orchestras in a huge space (an idea I had for another project originally), and I planned on having a long, mellow buildup, for more contrast when the actual majestic part was to start. However, I just couldn't get anywhere with that composition, so I started over with a waltz for a somewhat ordinary orchestra instead.
Parts of the original idea remained, though, with tremolo strings fading from section to section, and some percussion, flute trills and woodwinds around that. And of course, french horns and a flugelhorn, because, noble. ;-) The plan was to build the majestic feel around a slow waltz rhythm, and some... well, majestic chord progressions, and I suppose that worked, but I'm more pleased with the more melodic parts.
The arrangement is based on the usual strings (vln1+2, vla, vlc, db), some brass (horn, flugelhorn, horns a9, bass trombones a3, trumpets a4, tubas a3), and some woodwinds (flutes a2, oboes a2, english horn, bassoons a2) backing one thing or another up most of the time, for that proper orchestral sound. Bass drum in the mellow parts; timpani doubling the basses in the more intense parts, and glockenspiel subtly marking themes in some parts.