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B is for... 09.27.2008
Past Updates: 09.12.2008 | 08.30.2008 | 08.15.2008
"Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence."
- Robert Fripp
Concerto for Solo Violin, Strings, and Harpsichord with Basso Continuo in F-sharp minor (Krebs) - I. Allegretto
Francis "Fermat's Last Theorem" Gayon Parasite Eve | Theme of Aya
Author's Comments

...or simply "Krebs Concerto," if you find that voluminous title too tiring to recite. This piece was actually started earlier than the Windurst Waltz, but ended up getting finished later since I got "composer's block" in the third movement.

This movement employs the ritornello form which is, put simply, like a rondo but with the ritornello or refrain (played by the tutti) appearing in fragments. I changed the time signature from 4/4 to 6/8, but I'm pretty sure you'll still recognize the theme used. Note that Theme of Aya has several "layers" to it. I took each of those layers and used them to initiate each of the solo segments (the "episodes" in between the repeated parts).

This mix may not be for everyone since it's in a quasi-Baroque style—like something straight out of Vivaldi's repertoire, but I still hope that you'll give it a try.

Composed using Sibelius 4 and rendered by Kouen using SONAR 6 Producer Edition. The GPO samples for a Stradivarius used for the solo violin are quite lovely, no?

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Now before you guys clobber me for my tardiness, allow me to explain myself. See, I was post-duty yesterday and upon arriving home, I crashed into my bed and went straight to dreamland. I awoke all distraught because we had an end-of-rotation exam in Internal Medicine that same day and I wasn't able to study. I tried to do a quick update, but my FTP client refused to cooperate; thus, I had to postpone updating the column. Now that that's clear, let us begin! Onwards!

B is for... "bummed out." My piece lost in the competition. I suppose the judges thought the melody was way too difficult to sing for most average people. (It does have a high F-sharp, after all.) I still stand firm in my belief, however, at the risk of sounding like a bitter old geezer, that my piece was most apt as a centennial song. I mean, come on! How could you have a centennial song without an orchestra!? The mere thought of it stimulates my area postrema! Preposterous!

I kid, folks. I kid.

Anyway, B also stands for... "blissful." Our very difficult (and very intellectually-rewarding) six-week rotation in the Department of Medicine/Medical ICU/Department of Neurosciences is coming to an end this Sunday and the "benign" rotations are up next! We also had our group practical exams in neurology last Friday, and guess who got a 97%? I have to admit, though, that I think it's a tad too high. While localizing the lesion, I was like a robot, saying: "CVD bleed. Left. Supratentorial. Subcortical. Affecting the left. Thalamus. And extending into the. Posterior. Limb. Of the left. Internal. Capsule?" Yes, there was a question mark at the end. I was right, though, so the consultant let it go. So yes, I'm pretty happy despite my loss in the songwriting competition.

And now, to connect the title to our piece for today, B is for... "Baroque." I thought of doing this piece because I wanted something way different from the original piece. Shimomura's style for Parasite Eve was very modern, so I tried using the oldest music style I can compose in. I'm not exactly a music student, so I'm not so sure if the piece passes structure-wise as Baroque. I just settled with trying to capture the feel of a Vivaldi piece. Again, this piece isn't for everybody, and I expect that a lot of people will find it boring and whatnot, but I ask that you give it a try. As with most pieces of this kind, it is in three parts, or "movements." The other two will be posted in the succeeding updates of Sound Test.

Well that was pretty lengthy. Now I'm off to prepare for my last duty in this rotation. Take care, guys!

P.S. Anyone who correctly explains the connection between the concerto's title and the game gets a cookie.

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