Well I have no experience with it; I'm just going off of Garritan demos I've heard. Well that makes sense. Well that's another of Finale's problems though, it doesn't really have solo sounds. It has "violin." One problem I encounter often is that my eight woodwinds will overpower my string section, when we both know that this is impossible. I think the addition of a parameter for number of instruments at the beginning would be a simple and dramatic improvement to Finale.Rewjeo wrote:I don't have problems writing fast bowed stuff with the Garritan sounds, myself. Of course, if I take something I wrote with the Finale MIDIs and then switch it to Garritan, it definitely has that problem. Oh, the big thing for me is that the solo sounds are way way way way better than the Finale solo sounds.
Yeah, I'm pretty sure that a string orchestra would suffice. The definition of a symphony is pretty lax. "Some sort of extended work performed by some sort of relatively sizable orchestra, and at least one movement is usually in sonata form, but not necessarily, and it usually has four movements, but really just whatever bro," is I think the best you can really do. Other than symphony, I'm pretty sure that a concerto is a work for a solo instrument backed by orchestral accompaniment, and a sonata is the same, but with no accompaniment, or light accompaniment. I'm not so great with them either.Rewjeo wrote:I've done a tiny bit with synth (like four years ago) and other than that I've only done stuff with strings because I struggle to get brass/woodwinds/percussion to really work. I suppose I could call something a symphony with just two violin parts, viola, cello, and bass technically... But I was under the impression that you needed more than that for something to be a symphony. Truth be told, I don't understand naming conventions for music at all. I haven't had any real composition training other than sitting down going over my pieces with my violin teacher. Thus all my pieces are named "String 7" or "Quartet 4" and I just kinda do stuff as I do it.
Hellz yeah. Plus, I already finished a double sonata for harp and violin, and they go great together. Maybe I'll put that up. Yep. 11 years. Probably the only reason I got into composing.Rewjeo wrote:Always add violin. Always. Speaking of which, you play violin, too? Cool.
Yeah, I'll just have to toy around with it. It is possible, and it's something like that. I'm using Finale Printmusic 2011.Rewjeo wrote:You could see if you can apply directions for using a different sound system with Finale to that one. IIRC from setting up Garritan, there's just one or two files you need to put in the right place and then in the Finale MIDI menu choose "Play from VST" and then do stuff with the "Instrument Setup"->"VST instruments" to pick the sounds. I would guess it's basically the same process as with Garritan. Oh, which version of Finale are you using, out of curiosity?
Hahaha I know, right? I really like that piece, though, so I almost can't help but like my march because of its similarity to it. The form of it is just so simple and genius. If only I came up with it first.Rewjeo wrote:Mountain King thing: So much In the Hall going on here.
The ending is a bit odd, but I kind of wanted that strong emphasis on the motif there at the end. I thought it kind of tied the piece together. Yeah, the cheery bit was sort of out of left field. That's what makes it a rhapsody though, so I'm ok with it.Rewjeo wrote:The only thing that really sticks out as weird to me right now is the ending. I think you should just hold that last chord until it fades out rather than building up again there. There were a few other places where you definitely went a different direction than I was expecting (i.e. 5:30 was building up to a way less cheery section in my brain than in yours) but I thought it worked with the exception of the end.
Yeah, I liked that bit. Hm. I'm not sure. It has a pretty strong bass, so I don't know. Let me know if you do figure it out, though. I'm trying to get a little fugato going, at what is currently the end bit. I've never done one before, so it's not going great.Rewjeo wrote:I really liked it once the pizzicato started going, but something felt a little weird for a lot of what was before that. I'm trying to put my finger on what it was. It feels kinda like there wasn't enough bass going on, but I'm not very confident that that's what was really bugging me there.
Sonata for Harp and Violin
I wrote this when I didn't really know how to write. Most of it still holds up surprisingly well, though.