Barb’s Music Blog

Farewell to Summer

I’ve finished Orchestration 2 (Berklee Music Online, Ben Newhouse)!

This was an amazing course.  Lots of work, as expected, but I’m coming away from it with an arsenal of useful tools.  When I finished Orchestration 1, I felt very unsure about my orchestration skills.  (Actually, I felt lucky that I’d been able to write and orchestrate a complete song for orchestra.)  But I didn’t have the confidence to continue writing for orchestra.  Now I do.

Take a listen to “Farewell to Summer”.  (From this link, or from the play list at the right of the screen.)  To me, this music captures the bitter-sweet end of summer–good memories thinking back on sunny days (on the golf course) and melancholy to be leaving those days behind, with winter ahead.

I welcome your comments on this music.

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6 Comments so far

  1. Walter April 11th, 2010 12:26 pm


  2. Vida April 11th, 2010 9:28 pm

    That is just beautiful Barb!!!

  3. Dr. Don April 12th, 2010 11:33 pm

    Barb I love the lyrical theme-how it repeats and becomes more robust. It takes me to a happy place. Very nice music.

  4. Scott April 17th, 2010 5:15 pm

    Barb, Exceptional!

  5. Stefon April 18th, 2010 12:56 am

    Perhaps the 2nd Movement to your Grande Concerto?!?…

    You truly capture feeling & emotion in your work.
    Is this Canada’s answer to a Mike Oldfield?!?…

    The irony for my ears, is this doesn’t represent the title. A definite farewell but; a story that needs a resolve.
    I sense a need to tell the whole truth…
    A beginning movement to the reasoning behind this story.

    A 3rd Movement, to this definite journey, I feel in the notes you have created.
    Beautiful and rare these days!
    This Movement reminds me of Rodrigo’s 2nd Movement in his 1st Concerto for Guitar. That was his expression for the loss of his unborn child.

    You continue to awe & inspire me with your brilliance.
    I can honestly say, you are in a class of your own.
    Such beauty!
    I hope to one day aspire to your level!!

    Your fellow musician & co-worker,

  6. Kelvin April 22nd, 2010 8:13 pm

    Very beautiful. I’d like to hear more!

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