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My Completed Symphony ("The King of the Aliens Symphony")

Joshua Iyer

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Published: November 4, 2013 at 11:59 PM [UTC]

Wow! Two months I've been working on this symphony, and now, I'm done! I'm just getting together the score (I 'published' it via FedEx Kinkos - it looks like an official score!) and the CD file so I can mail it in and see what happens with it! This symphony will be the basis for the film score for next year's summer film, so it'll be very important to me later on. The YouTube link is down below, so if you like, skip right to it. Or listen as I recount the story of this symphony, just for me to reflect. Ahem...

The second movement of the symphony is an almost exact replica of "Ebonique's Theme" which I'd originally used when writing the original soundtrack for the film in May 2013. I moved up the key and extended the theme, but that was really all I did to it, besides reorchestration. I remember writing the majority of the first movement while outside on a walk around the lake one afternoon, thinking a little bit of The Lord of the Rings as I did, with the beautiful violin and cello melody towards the end of the movement. The third movement was probably the most difficult one to write, due to all the changes in character. The fourth movement was my giant finale. Obviously, everything would sound much nicer, cleaner, and hopefully LOUDER if a real orchestra were playing this. Maybe... Maybe...
Anyways, this project was a lot of fun, and it's certainly not over: I have to write the film score at some point! I'll be coming back to this symphony time and time again, but for now, I'll be moving on to some smaller things, like piano solos and violin duets and things like that. I need to practice my counterpoint. :)

The King of the Aliens Symphony

Not related to this project in any way, today in orchestra we got Anderson's "A Christmas Festival"! I'm still second violin this year, although since next year I'll be a senior, I think I'll get to play first (and throw my Santa hat off!). So yeah! That's really exciting! I can't wait! (And did you hear my violin playing in the symphony?) I just can't wait for Christmas! Now that I'm done with my symphony, I'll have to work on some Christmas stuff... :)

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