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    Default Weather Music Suite First Movement

    So here is my promised post about the first movement of my suite. I initially planned for the melody to not be in ternary form while the harmony was in ternary form, but the melody ended up being in ternary form. I chose the key of G major because it sounds warm to me. To reinforce this, I decided on the instrumentation being string quartet + piano. I use a sequence to modulate from G major to D major as a transition into the B section. So, I guess you could call it ternary sonata form, whatever that means.

    I include a short canonic passage in the B section of the piece after I have established D major as the tonality. Afterwards, there is a short transition back to the A section. This emphasizes the subdominant and even includes plagal motion. After the themes of the A section are played, there is a passage that includes 2 creschendos. And then the movement ends with a plagal cadence at fortissimo.

    What do you think of it? Did I get that warm, sunny quality that I was aiming for? Here are the mp3 and pdf:

    Weather Music Suite First Movement.pdf
    Weather Music Suite First Movement.mp3

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    You're breaking some rules of counterpoint. I've just analyzed the first 3 bars. The left hand D in the first bar is in the space of the C of the right hand in the next bar. It sounds like the voices crossing. Also feels like a bit too much parallel motion in the 3rd bar. The strings are sound too close together with a lot of the same range as the piano, and also too loud. The piano should be louder than those strings which drown it out. I think you should change the strings on a strong beat, since the harmony is also changing. I illustrated some changes I made in this video. Just as an exercise. Anyone can chime in if I broke some rules myself.

    "Forgive me, Majesty. I'm a vulgar man. But I assure you, my music is not.“ Mozart

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    I personally found it a bit too happy go lucky, but some of the supporting piano runs were really clever!

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    It’s the 21st century. Aren’t we supposed to break the rules of counterpoint?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ECraigR View Post
    It’s the 21st century. Aren’t we supposed to break the rules of counterpoint?
    I would say depends on the type of music, and which rule of counterpoint. Certain rules should be followed even with atonal music. Not following any rules just sounds bad. In a more conservative style like this, more rules should be followed in my view.
    Last edited by Phil loves classical; Aug-05-2019 at 05:16.
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