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Arrangement (Reduction) -- Feedback on harmony

Discussion in 'Critique & Feedback' started by Rohann van Rensburg, Aug 30, 2019.

  1. Hi folks,

    My writing has been abysmal lately -- got stuck with a composition with nowhere to take it. Stuck in the "valley of despair" (DK effect), little output, life, etc. Anyway -- Austin Wintory released a barebones melody and challenged people to harmonize and arrange it, so I decided to jump in and hopefully get back on track. Here's the piano reduction version. Would love to know thoughts (the notation is fairly bare-bones too, more just for "writing it down"'s sake). Please excuse the stiff MIDI performance; I had to input this on a synth with terrible sensitivity and I'm not good at playing it [although I wrote it on actual piano]):

    Few thoughts:
    -The arpeggiated thing is something I'm not set on yet. I still have trouble not writing "piano-y" when doing reductions (also doesn't help that I'm not a very competent player)
    -I don't know if the octaves to lower harmony at bar 16 works
    -The voicings at the end will probably be slow and quieter, I was picturing strings and winds there

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/iw1esspduzcw5k8/Austin Wintory Melody Arrangement.wav?dl=0


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