FROM THE OCEAN'S DEPTHS
An Ensemble Piece for Viola, 2 Cellos, Optional Cello 3, Glockenspiel and Piano
Standard : Moderate/Advanced
Running time: 3 mins
“...in the deepest parts of the ocean, strange creatures inhabit the murky depths. This is where the music begins. But as it progresses we begin to look upwards as the mood gradually lifts and shafts of light infiltrate the darkness.”
What you will receive....
Your download will contain a PDF of the score and parts, and three MP3 files of the piece: a full live performance, a recording of the piano and glockenspiel together and one of the piano alone. These last two can be used for practice and as backing tracks for a performance.
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About the piece
When writing this piece my aim was to prove that even people with a limited capability of string playing can perform a piece of music that has dramatic substance, a piece of music that is meaningful and serious.
I felt that in order to achieve this the music needed to have strong, visual inspiration behind it. This inspiration came from a TV documentary about the deepest parts of the oceans where strange creatures inhabited the murky depths. This dark place is where the music begins. But as it progresses we begin to look upwards as the mood lifts and shafts of light (depicted by the Glockenspiel) infiltrate the darkness. The music ends on a positive note, in a shallower ocean flooded with light. Thus the music begins in A minor, and ends in A major.
This could be challenging to play for some students, thus I aimed it at those around Grade 5/6 standard. Although the parts never leave 1st position and have easy rhythms, the keys change and so there are some fairly complicated scales and finger patterns. Players need to count beats carefully so that they know when to play.
And of course mood is everything: sustained phrases, big sounds and confident playing being a requisite. Like I said, the parts can be played entirely in 1st position, but I would hope that perhaps players may wish to move into higher positions to create long phrases and warmer sounds.
The viola part can be played by a cello, so I have included an optional third cello part.
There are tempo changes. These are optional and so with that in mind I have included two MP3 piano backing parts, one with the tempo changes and one without, because this piece can be played with the recorded piano part. However, if the players are unconfident, in order to get the most committed performance possible it would be best to have a competent director or conductor, even with a live pianist.
I have written this piece of music to also be played by players of a much higher standard. It would really benefit from the technical experience that more advanced players could give it.