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๐Ÿค“ For The John Powell Fans...

๐Ÿ‘‚ listening May 02, 2023

This track was on repeat when I first heard it. ๐Ÿ”„

Vaughan Williams’ “Five Variants of ‘Dives and Lazarus’” is a gorgeous example of effective string writing, and to me, is highly reminiscent of some of Powell’s work in ‘How to Train Your Dragon’:

One of the things that strikes me about this piece is how Williams distributes the melody and harmony in the opening.

Violins 1 and 2 carry the melody alone, Viola plays two-part harmony in divisi, Cello carries 1/2 melody and 1/2 two-part harmony, and Bass alternates between pizzicato and arco for emphasis.

It’s a beautiful example of taking a simple idea and orchestrating it with grace.

The above video has score included, but I was so in love with this piece that I got the physical score—attaching that below for my fellow book lovers ๐Ÿ“š


๐Ÿ’ก Challenge: Make a piano reduction of any 4-8 measures in this piece. Note how complex Williams’ score looks on paper, but how simple the arrangement actually is when reduced.

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