It’s been a while since I last wrote a wholly-orchestral piece. As I was writing this one, I toyed with the idea of turning it into an industrial piece, à la Conflagration, but ultimately rejected that path.
Dark in parts, fanfare-like in others, and with a playful duet between flute and bassoon towards the end, Rising is quite certainly programmatic (that is, it constructs a narrative). The story that it tells — well, I’ll leave that open to your interpretation.
I’ve extracted the performance data from Rising, so that if you want to, you can build a TrackPerformer performance of the piece. Download rising.js to get started. Follow along with my TrackPerformer step-by-step — with the template in hand, you can safely skip large chunks of the step-by-step. You’ll mostly need to focus on steps 1, 5, 6, 7, and 8.
If you do build a performance, let me know about it! I’m tempted to start releasing the data for my other tracks as well, so if you’d like to build a performance for any of my pieces, just let me know in the comments.
Rising by Barry van Oudtshoorn is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.