Ben Crockett : Opening
 

Ben Crockett : Opening

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Snorkel
Opening
Ben Crockett
for String orchestra 

Saturday, June 09, 2007
 6 votes,   Average: 4.17   Plays: 8063


As I wrote this song I tried to run a movie, or rather, an opening to a movie in my head. I wrote this piece according to what I saw, which was rendered by what the music made me feel. It may sound like circular reasoning but it really worked because the movie in my mind would progress because of the music and the music would then progress because of the movie that I saw in my mind. They basically carried each other on. Hope you enjoy it. If you can't see an opening to a movie in your mind then I guess I've failed...

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 Account Closed
It actually reminds me of Bernard Herrmann's score for "Psycho", especially the softer parts.
7 years ago

 SailorV
It's not ominous enough for Hitchcock
7 years ago

 SailorV
I think it would best fit the soundtrack for Romeo and Juliet.
7 years ago

 Snorkel
Pizz stands for Pizzicato, a technique in which the strings of a violin, viola, cello, or bass are plucked, giving a softer, more round sound than a guitar or other string instrument. I still have yet to find Pizziola in the dictionary.

It is a little rough though; I was listening to most of my recordings and they all seem to be a bit rough around the edges. I should probably smooth things out, re-record them then resubmit them. For some reason it sounded better in Sibelius, but once I recorded it it took a dive.

I know it sounds like I'm being argumentative (which I'm usually not), but trust me, your feedback is appreciated and it helps me to analyze my style in a different way.
7 years ago

 Mozarteress
Ok! It's difidently a movie opening piece, Alfred Hichcock would have loved it! Unfortunatly it has been composed about thirty years too late. it's a great movie piece but honestly, no wonder most of the comments are negative, it's to old fashind. But I like it and it made me think of a movie alright!
7 years ago

 SailorV
What does the pizz mean? It sounds like a pizziola, a stringed instrument that makes a stacotto sound.
7 years ago

 SailorV
OK. What movie do you think this piece would be most suitable for?
7 years ago

 Snorkel
You missed it then lol.

If I had a movie to put wth the score then it would make sense. The "clashing" or use of tension would help portray the feeling of what people would be seeing; this technique of creating slight dissonance is a very old and common one that can be used in a multitude of situations. There being no distinct melody in the beginning is also an unfortunate side effect of composing to what I see in my head; however, melodies are overrated in the sense that they help take away from the simple truth that music is very subjective and can be used in infinite ways to portray different aspects of expression, one of these ways being amelodically.

Pizziola? Is that a word?
7 years ago

 SailorV
To be honest, I don't think this is your best piece. At the beginning it felt like the strings were really clashing and running together, so i couldn't find a clear, distinct melody. And then, when it got to the pizziola, it almost became comical. But I did really like from measure 112 on to the last bar.
7 years ago



 

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