‘Reminiscence’ is a piece I wrote for an assignment in University in my composition module. The brief was that we should be able to create a piece of music using older composed music.
For this piece, I decided from an early stage that I wanted to use Chopin’s Nocturne in Eb Major as inspiration; a piece that is impossible to dislike, and one that has been amongst my favourites for a while now. There are a number of processes I went through in order to write it; I used an inverted version of the basic melody line (then putting this in the violin part); I studied and analysed the techniques and ideas that made Chopin’s piece such an original and much loved work (including chord progressions, structure, rhythmic feel, and melodic ideas) and incorporated many of them subtly into my composition; I utilised some of my newly discovered Jazz theory, adding extended chords and other such ideas to the mixture.
Over all I feel that the piece has been successful and I am very proud of my achievement (this being one of my favourite compositions to date). The idea for this piece was to be very faintly reminiscent of the Nocturne (perhaps more so for people with a better familiarity of the piece), and I believe that I have achieved this.
The piece was performed using Sibelius 6’s in-built MIDI sounds.