Moonlight Gamma Serenade
Listen to Moonlight Gamma Serenade
This is the third piece I compose using the same mode of Carlos Gamma after Adagio Gamma (see it for explanations about this tuning system and the related mode I use) and Gammalan.
This piece is written for strings and uses the same Omnisphere timbre I already used for Adagio Gamma.
This time I have added a movie of the scrolling score to show what is going on (the score is simply a working version of it not meant to look nice on paper).
The audio of the movie is 44.1 kHz, 16bit, mono and the video is recorded at 10 frames per second to keep the file relatively small (32.9 Mb).
The score only makes sense if you think that IT DOES NOT SHOW THE ACTUAL PITCHES BEING PLAYED, so, for example if you look at the first bar of the image below (bottom staff, bass clef), the interval between C1 and C2 is actually a perfect fifth and the interval between C2 and Ab2 is almost a perfect fourth (491.4 cents), so the interval between C1 and Ab2 is almost an octave (1193.3 cents) and I consider it as such. Throughout the piece you hear "octave doublings" that all sound "perfectly flat" for this reason.
Carlos Gamma is a non-octave tuning system after all!
(click on the image to watch the movie)
A few more technical notes:
The bridge starting at bar 85 is a fifth above the key of the theme.
The piece has a symmetrical arch form.
The last repetition of the initial theme, starting at bar 149, has been modified to create a final cadence (V - I).
This tuning system is capable of so many poignant and evocative melodic/harmonic relationships that it certainly deserves further studies!