Thursday, February 26, 2009

Why it's fun being a music nerd

Tuesday night after band I accepted a challenge.
98% of you will probably think it's boring, especially if you never studied music. Or if you have a short attention span. Or if you're distracted because something really itches.

(Don't worry, though.... you can always go read other stuff I've written, like maybe this or this... or this).

Kyle#2 and I both like composing music.
I happened to mention to him that I had recently tried writing for strings (violin, viola, cello, bass) and wasn't happy with the result. I also mentioned being concerned that perhaps I use triplet figures too often in my compositions.

So he challenged me to write something, giving me very distinct musical rules.

And I reciprocated by challenging him to compose a different piece using MY rules.

Here are the rules he gave me:
Must use the string section (violin, viola, cello, bass)

Optional: Can also be scored for full orchestra
(which includes the strings)
NO triplets allowed

Must be in the key of b-minor

Must be in 2/4 time

Must have a tempo of 60 bpm

And, here are the rules I gave him for the thing HE has to write:
Tempo: 140 bpm

Meter: 5/8

Key: A-flat major

Instrumentation: Trumpet, woodblock, cello, bari sax, cowbell

The deadline is April 15th, 2009.
The piece has to have at least 32 measures, but no more than 60.
We haven't exactly decided who the judges are going to be, and the winner probably won't get anything other than a slightly larger ego.

I'll keep you all posted.
Either I'll emerge victorious or will be agonizingly defeated.
And, of course, there's always the possibility that Kyle will end up chickening out on me, in which case I'll win by default. :)

As for me, well, I finished the first draft of mine a few hours ago....
But don't tell him that. :)


Lynda said...

I don't know Kyle, and I'm sure he's a nice guy, but kick his ass, Janna!

Morgiana Le Fey said...

i have to say that this whole concept amuses me to no end...i love the instrumentation you stuck him with (.=

Da Old Man said...

Can we be the judges? I have no idea what you are talking about, but I vote that you win, anyway.

Janna said...

Lynda: Hee! :) I'll do my best!

Morgian: Tell him I need more cowbell.

DaOldMan: I'm still not sure who the judges are going to be... thanks in advance for your vote, though! :) Especially since you have no idea what I wrote! :)

whall said...

Take note: we don't have the staff to measure the rest required for this kind of work. It takes too much time. Signature not required for submission. Jaden, my son, oughtta be able to assist and Presto! He can't be beat. Basketball players with short appendages might like to see a leg grow in March. Yo queiro pachelbel.

Janna said...

Whall: I groaned out loud when I read "a leg grow". :)
Pachelbel is good with fire sauce.

whall said...

I was wondering if you got "sonata"

Janna said...

Whall: Groan! :) I didn't, until you mentioned it just now. :o