TD8 #20: Counterpoint & String Runs

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This one is based on something I heard on Alan Silvestri's score to "A Christmas Carol". What caught my ear was the melody in canon and also the energetic string runs that really adds some excitement. All this is going on over a low pedal that gives a solid base (pun intended) to build on.

Here's the sketch:

TD8 #16: Quirky Woodwinds

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Short one today. Basically all melody, the green being the low and the red the high. Another difference is that the higher line is harmonized as well.

Much easier to work this out in a sketch where you can see all the voices closer together than on a full score page like this. The rest is just a matter of distributing the voices to the most logical instruments according to range and of course what sound you're after. Here's the sketch:

TD8 #4: Sneaky Counterpoint

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As you can see in the Elements score the melody is both green and red. I use this when there's two melodies that are of equal importance that overlaps, much clearer than just using one color.

The pedal is made up of celli/violas/bassoon and harp. Besides the Celli that's doubled by the bassoon they all have their own figures, but since it's all centered around the same note the combined effect is a pedal.

I analyzed the bass drum hit as a fill since it really sticks out at the end. When it comes to percussion, I usually try to see which Element it fits together with the best and label it accordingly.

I've noticed that on some of the Elements Pdf's the highlights are a bit out of place when opening it in the OS X preview. Try using adobe reader instead if you have that problem