Opus 2 ‘Into Winter’

Title

Into Winter

Date of completion

16th June 2017, KST

Behind the title

I titled this piece ‘Into Winter’ because when I listen to it, I see a team of brave adventurers heading into a land of eternal winter to face the dangerous Snow Queen (the real one, not the fake Disney one). Cheesy, I know.

I chose this title after dismissing more outlandish candidates such as ‘Winter’s Realm’ or even ‘The Lair of the Snow Queen’. I’m trying to maintain a streak of making tasteful titles for epic music.

Influences

Various orchestral-music composers, such as Thomas Bergersen and Shikata Akiko.

The two cracks at 1:16 and 1:57 were plundered from inspired directly by the Reunion Tracks version of ‘One-Winged Angel’, composed by Uematsu Nobuo.

What I learnt from composing it

  • For the best results, compose slowly and thoroughly.

  • I like my second piece much more than my first. I hope that means that I’ve grown as a composer.

  • When composing the left-hand notes of a piano part, less is more.

  • I need to expand my knowledge of instruments.

  • Effort can’t give a composer everything. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, certain notes will refuse to sound perfect, and you’ll have to settle for second best.

What I’m most proud of

  • The middle and climax (from 1:16 onwards) actually sound pretty good to my ears. Or at least they will until I become disillusioned with them!

  • I’ve already said this in a blog post, but ‘Into Winter’ represents where I stand as a composer, for both good and bad. Unlike with my first piece, ‘Onwards‘, I’ve given this composition my all.

Attribution

If, for some reason, you’d like to read about the whole sordid journey behind this composition, please use the following links (ordered chronologically):

https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/03/19/opus-2/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/03/24/opus-2-2/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/03/25/opus-2-3/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/03/31/opus-2-4/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/04/06/opus-2-5/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/04/09/opus-2-6/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/04/26/opus-2-7/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/04/29/opus-2-8/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/05/11/opus-2-9/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/05/12/opus-2-10/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/05/17/opus-2-11/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/05/25/opus-2-12/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/05/28/opus-2-13/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/06/03/opus-2-14/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/06/15/opus-2-15/


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