March 2012

Music and Movies

March 30, 2012 08:58

It is my latest (and probably only, so far, at least) philosophy that "music tells half the story." When you watch a movie, you might get so into the plot and characters that you forget all about the music, and how the music is a character of its own. Think about it; a scene in which a character dies (like during The Hunger Games or in Harry Potter) would not be as sad if there was no beautiful violin solo with the other orchestral strings backing it with D minor chords, right? A scene in which an action battle is occuring (like in Star Wars) would not be as cool without the epic, loud, and intense backing of the music. A film's soundtrack is extremely important in a song. That's why I'm excited for our orchestra concert - it's music from the movies.

Silent movies, back in the old days, depended entirely on music, for there were no voiceovers, sound effects, or nearly anything else to back up the music. It's usually a piano solo, but there probably were orchestras playing as well.

"Music tells half the story." That's my latest philosophy.

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Knight's Dance for Two Violins

March 25, 2012 10:50

Take a look at my composition I explained yesterday. It is written for two violins, but I play both parts. Please check it out and let me know what you think!

Knight's Dance for Two Violins

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New Composition; Happy Birthday!

March 24, 2012 20:20

I composed a piece today. It starts in a steady D minor and then shifts, using perfect fifths, slowly into two other keys. I will record the two parts eventually and upload a link in a future post.

Although yesterday was my sister's birthday, we celebrated it today; I played along on my violin.

Hunger Games was a great film, so if you haven't seen it, I suggest you do so. There's one piece in the middle that had a really nice violin solo, so I'm going to try to arrange that eventually.

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First Blog Post! :)

March 22, 2012 17:59

Here's to a great first post! For now, I'll just talk about what happened today; hope you enjoy!

Various things occurred today in the wonderful world of violin playing for me. I recorded myself performing a piece I wrote, 'Giving Back to Nature,' for my sister's twelfth birthday tomorrow; it's a duet, but I play both parts. After school, I fitted the parts together the best I could, and it worked out pretty well, although there were some rushing problems. I only had two days to sightread and perform this piece, so I definitely could improve.

For my sister's birthday, me and my family are going to see The Hunger Games tomorrow, and I'm hoping if any music sticks out I'll come home, ready to arrange it for violin (most likely). Speaking of movies, our concert for orchestra is going to reflect movie themes. We have so far gotten The Pink Panther theme, Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas, and a medley of music from Ratatouille; tomorrow, our teacher will hand out music from Toy Story 2 and Fantasia 2000, so I'm really excited!

I also take private violin lessons. Our Spring Recital is coming up, and I am playing Vivaldi's Concerto in A Minor.

Well, I think that's all for today. I'll probably talk about other things (not just what happened) in future blog entries. I hope you enjoyed! Thanks for reading!

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