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⇒ 4 more: II. The Drive • III. Arrival & Greetings • IV. A Difference of Opinion • V. Returning Home
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|Work Title||The Visit in Bb - Thompson V1-2-PD|
|Alternative. Title||The Visit|
|Composer||Thompson, Steven E|
|I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No.||IST 9|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||2019|
|Dedication||For everyone who ventures out to keep in touch with friends and family.|
|Average DurationAvg. Duration||19 minutes|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Modern|
|Extra Information||Composed March 2019 - August 2019|
The Visit (contrary to the alien invasion CD cover photo) is just a simple story (in 5 movements) of a day spent visiting family or friends. The piece was written and orchestrated for small orchestra from March to August 2019 by Steven E Thompson. Score parts, and MP3 renditions are available on the IMSLP web site (Composer: Steven E Thompson) for free Non Commercial use (printing, performing, and distributing).
I – Awakening – introduces The Visit with a deep sleep, interrupted by an insistent alarm clock and hints of Reveille played against a field of music growing in speed and volume as the day of the visit gets under way.
II – The Drive – emulates the sounds of the car running, accelerating, and finally decelerating almost akin to an airplane landing, sprinkled with a bit of joy riding as the visitors traverse the countryside on their way.
III – Greetings – announces the arrival of the visitors to their destination and introduces a gentle conversational mode. Gentle conversation takes place with each speaker politely awaiting the other to finish. Voices in harmony and fugue-like motifs are added as the visitors and hosts grow more comfortable with each others’ company. The conversation gradually grows in volume and intensity, setting the stage for … IV – A Difference of Opinion – wherein the winds and brass banter back and forth with contrasting rhythmic motifs, starting with simple statements of opinion, gaining support from like thinking (harmonic) players, and expanding into multiple parts as everyone takes a turn restating the arguments. The strings intervene to steer the conversation back to more civilized territory. A reintroduction of the theme from movement III seems to help smooth the waters, and the movement ends with both camps having one final word before finishing emphatically.
V – Returning Home – starts with a ticking sounds of a clock, reminding the visitors and hosts that the day has passed and it is perhaps time for everyone to say goodnight, get home, and settle in for the night. The lullaby quality of the movement beckons the visitors home with pleasant, happy memories of the visit along with the peaceful, sleepy mood that eventually leads them back home, into bed, and returning to the peaceful sleep they were enjoying as the day began.