March 19, 2010: In January, 2008, I was making yet another attempt to understand music theory, when someone from the Pixel Corps introduced me to The Teaching Company, where I found a lecture series by Robert Greenberg called, Understanding the Fundamentals of Music. He used excerpts from classical music to illustrate concepts, and I was hooked. I had never had any idea what was going on in this genre, but with his explanations, I came to relish the wonderful complexity of it.
I got several more of his series, and the one’s on Beethoven hooked me even further. Like many people, I enjoy his music more than any other composer, at least so far—there’s a lot of classical music I’ve never listened to.
I decided to do a 3D animation of the introduction to the second movement because I love the base line, but I wanted to include some piano, and this introduction was orchestra only. The same sequence repeats near the end of the movement, and acts as a transition to the third movement, but with piano; however the orchestration is different: the base line is plucked, and doesn’t stand out as much as it does in the beginning, where it’s bowed. So I decided to take the orchestration from the beginning, and the piano from the end, but in both cases, this passage is transitional. To make it a standalone piece, I needed to have it resolve instead of transition, so a little re-writing was involved. The first few bars of the piano, after the title, are slightly modified from a passage in the first movement.
The music for the titles came just as it was from its position introducing the repeat at the end.
I bought a book of all the scores of Beethoven’s piano concertos, and entered the notes in the piano roll editor in Logic Pro with the pencil tool. Logic’s built-in orchestra samples are not that great, but I discovered the IK Multimedia Philharmonik Miroslav Orchestra and Choir Workstation, and their samples are amazing—well worth the extra bucks.
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