Battle of the Woodland Creatures

$40.00

for chamber orchestra (2015)

 

Description

Audio


Duration

6 min.

Instrumentation

1.1.1.1 / 1.1.1 / Percussion (Snare Drum, Temple Blocks) / Harp / Strings

Program Notes

Battle of the Woodland Creatures is a musical adventure stemming completely from fictional imagery. As an avid lover of all things magic and fantasy, I wanted to write complementary music to the concept of critters at war with each other. Imagine swashbuckling squirrels at arms against a horde of owls, or perhaps the tree-dwelling swallows are dive bombing a pack of chipmunks.

Musically, the first section of the piece has a distinct march-like quality, reflecting the militaristic aspect of war (even if it is between rodents, birds, and all things woodland). There are whimsical melodic themes, ensuring that the march maintains some level of eccentricity. The middle section concentrates on the harp, an instrument often associated with mystical forests. I envision the slower tempo of this section emulating both sides of the army recovering from the day’s battle, prepping for the combat ahead.

As the tempo accelerates, material from the first section returns as a recapitulation, indicating another battle takes place.
I aim to reinvigorate your imagination, bringing color to any mental image that appears while listening to the battle “…of the Woodland Creatures.”

 

Description

Audio


Duration

6 min.

Instrumentation

1.1.1.1 / 1.1.1 / Percussion (Snare Drum, Temple Blocks) / Harp / Strings

Program Notes

Battle of the Woodland Creatures is a musical adventure stemming completely from fictional imagery. As an avid lover of all things magic and fantasy, I wanted to write complementary music to the concept of critters at war with each other. Imagine swashbuckling squirrels at arms against a horde of owls, or perhaps the tree-dwelling swallows are dive bombing a pack of chipmunks.

Musically, the first section of the piece has a distinct march-like quality, reflecting the militaristic aspect of war (even if it is between rodents, birds, and all things woodland). There are whimsical melodic themes, ensuring that the march maintains some level of eccentricity. The middle section concentrates on the harp, an instrument often associated with mystical forests. I envision the slower tempo of this section emulating both sides of the army recovering from the day’s battle, prepping for the combat ahead.

As the tempo accelerates, material from the first section returns as a recapitulation, indicating another battle takes place.
I aim to reinvigorate your imagination, bringing color to any mental image that appears while listening to the battle “…of the Woodland Creatures.”

 

Tony Manfredonia

Tony is a composer and orchestrator living in Petoskey, MI, providing a multi-layered and sensory experience through expressive, colorful orchestration and warm melodies. He adds new perspectives to stories, environments, and everything in between through massive orchestral productions, as well as intimate atmospheres.

With performances and readings from chamber ensembles and orchestras, such as Apollo Chamber Players and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Tony's music has been played across the nation and has recently become published with MusicSpoke. Most recently, the Straits Area Band commissioned him to compose a work for the Mackinac Arts Council, celebrating Henry David Thoreau's bicentennial. Additionally, growing up alongside video games, he lives the life of a video game composer, creating sonic spaces and emotionally-driven tracks to enliven each game's world.

Born and raised near Philadelphia, PA, Tony graduated from Temple University with a degree in Music Composition. During his time in college, he had the blessing of meeting Maria - a young equestrian from Northern Michigan - via his blog dedicated to mental health awareness. Ever since mental health awareness was the spark for their marriage, he continually advocates those who suffer from mental illness. Through music, he expresses the inexpressible for those who don’t have a voice.

Notable works currently in progress are a new opera for OperaRox Productions, as well as the soundtrack to The Wayward Isles.



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