Flying

Owen Harris
Grade 5, Champlain ElementaryOwenHarris

“I have decided to write for a woodwind quartet.  For most of the piece, it is upbeat and happy.  I would like it to have the feeling of soaring or flying or being free, but also the feeling of descending and falling. As a result of this, I have had the melody mostly in Clarinet, due to it’s high range.”

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Flying

Concerto in G Major

Alex Wick
Grade 4, Champlain ElementaryAlexWick

“Concerto in G Major is a song for flute, oboe, bassoon, and violin. While the flute, oboe, and bassoon play the accompaniment, the violin  plays a contrasting, high-pitched  melody. Concerto in G Major has four parts to it: a sweet, bouncy  beginning,  a very, very quick happy and bouncy mid-part, a dark, grand other mid-part, and a closing theme, which is a variation of the beginning. The closing theme has the tune of the beginning, but the violin melody changes to a 16th-note variation and in the first part of the closing theme the flute, oboe, and bassoon make repeated-note patterns in 8th notes and the notes are the same as at the beginning (except for the bassoon).”

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Concerto in G Major

Trio in G Minor

Anna Halladay
Grade 6, Edmunds Middle SchoolAnnaHalliday

“Trio in G Minor – This is a violin/cello trio that I made, thinking about another piece I saw called “Shark.” I tried to make this sound a little bit scary, a little bit like the Jaws theme, but I wanted a break in the tension every once in a while just to give the piece more feeling.”

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Trio in G Minor

Snow Day

Isa Kaplan
Grande 5, Charlotte Central SchoolIsaKaplan

“I began to successfully make progress on this piece during a snow day home from school. Now, whenever I hear this piece, I am reminded of that snow day. The piece is playful and it changes a lot, just like the snowfall. This is a trio for violin, viola and cello, and they all play with each other like I play with my friends in the snow on a Snow Day.”

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Snow Day

Insidious Whisperings

Daelan Roosa
Grade 7, Barnet SchoolDaelanRoosa

“Insidious Whisperings is a piece I wrote as an analogy for the struggle against what we consider evil. It starts slow and tense, like the calm before a storm. This is a bass line slowly joined by the other instruments. The bass line shifts the violin as the clouds of war are gathered, and the tension builds. Suddenly the scene erupts into a titanic clash of arms as the two sides strive against each other, the tension shattering like a glass rod. The conflict is quick, but has long reaching impact. Afterwards there is a period of mourning as the victorious grieve for their fallen comrades. However, the victors move on, and hold celebrations, feasts in honor of their battlefield prowess. But evil doesn’t simply disappear. You may notice that the celebration sounds eerily familiar, and it is. It is almost exactly the gathering of darkness, just sped up and played with a different feeling.”

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Insidious Whisperings

With Hope Comes Success

Walker Wright
Grade 6, Hardwick ElementaryWalkerWright

“When people listen to my piece, I want them to feel warm with hope, the name of the piece suggests the feeling of “getting back up” from a fall, to have confidence in the future. When I wrote this piece, as well as the year of development, I was thinking, ‘What music would be playing if something bad had just happened, but in the midst of it all, a glimmer of hope is there, growing, growing until it explodes in a powerful song.’ ”

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With Hope Comes Success

Hope

Colin Fennelly
Grade 8, Harwood Union MSColinFennelly

“This piece is written with four main musical ideas, which I variate and mix with the other ideas throughout the song.  I used the violin, the viola, the cello, and the double bass because I wanted a full and thick sound to the piece, and the high sound of the violin as well.
I got the idea for this song one time when I was feeling a little down.  But music is an amazing thing, and as I started writing, the music made me feel better and better.  And through this feeling, this song, symbolizing hope and that everything will get better, came to be.”

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Hope