Canon Fragment 1 (Violin +Viola da Gamba) with Bloopers
It might not always be obvious from my other music, but I spend a lot of time studying #counterpoint. This is usually just a way for me to keep my mind sharp, and reflect a bit about musical
material and #composition in general. What I finally decided to record is a short #canon at the seventh. I especially like the #imitation at the seventh in a minor key, because it can produce
very interesting permutations of the original Gestalt of the subject. A canon in two parts is a great #obstruction to work off, especially if you don't want the music to sound labored and forced.
That is also why I chose this specific #instrumentation to make it all sound rather cute in the end. The soggetto of the canon is again based on the main theme of my score to TORO. I really like how the imitation at the seventh turns the original f-minor triad into an e-dimished triad. When I was done with the original
two-part version, another version presented itself with an added Bass, that filled out the harmony and created additional movement.
Speaking of labored and forced, the recording of that Violin-Part was precisely that. I am not exactly a great Violin-player, and usually I just use the instrument to experiment or to test out my orchestrations. Also, I have long gotten used to an alternative tuning, that didn't exactly help with this part. Because of the sheer amount of takes that I required to record this, I decided to include a short blooper reel in the end.
Viola Da Gamba Tuning: Bb-F-Bb-eb-g-c
Violin Tuning: G-D-g-d