This is my Symphony in A-Flat Major subtitled 'The Quiet Girl', composed between March 2012 and December 2013, and revised in May/November 2014.
I. The Quiet Girl (0:00)
II. The Quiet Girl at home (16:06)
III. The Quiet Girl Speaks (33:40)
IV. The Love (45:24)
I started this symphony back in March 2012 when a girl named Jennifer attended my school. I thought that she was the most beautiful creature I had ever laid eyes on. She hardly talked though....and she was always quiet. Her theme (the one stated by the solo Cor Anglais at the beginning of the symphony) originated in the Tone Poem No. 3 (2011, also called The Quiet Girl) In which it is played by the oboe d'amore. I finished the first movement in Late 2012, but didn't continue the rest of the symphony until December 2013. The Symphony was completed in its entirety on December 26, 2013, and revised from May to November of 2014.
The first movement is a portrait of the quiet girl. Throughout the symphony, she is represented by the english horn and by her own theme, which is, as stated above, played at the very beginning. The english horn is almost always heard at quiet parts, since, you know, she is a quiet girl.
The second movement pictures the quiet girl at home with her family and friends, which she has fun with.
One of the most beautiful themes in the entire work is in this movement, the section I call "The Japanese Garden", which is in a pentatonic scale, similar to much traditional asian music.. I believe this theme to be the most definite description of Jennifer.
The third movement is the heart of this work. She speaks in this movement, and when she speaks, she has something beautiful to say, something tragic even. Who is she? Where does she come from? What is she all about? The English Horn soloist acts as her and answers these questions. The orchestra is glad that she speaks; she even converses with some of the instruments. At the very end, however, she stops speaking. Several instruments try to initiate the conversation again, but to no avail.
The 4th movement is about feelings of love for the quiet girl, the hope of finally having her, and also feelings of despair and hopelessness over tying to chase her. This is a very loud and lively movement. The loud parts represent the feelings of strong love for her, and the quiet parts represent her herself. There's an atonal part that is the hopelessness of knowing that I won't ever have her, but in the end, she speaks again, but with the full orchestra this time in loud joy and pride.
At the very end, she leaves his life forever. The loud A-flat major root chords symbolize his disappointment and defeat.
2 Oboes English Horn (Plays the role of The Quiet Girl) 2 Clarinets 2 Bassoons Contrabassoon
4 Horns 2 Trumpets 3 Trombones (2 Tenor, 1 Bass) Tuba
Timpani Bass Drum Cymbals Triangle (Doubles Tam-Tam in 3rd mov.)
Celesta (3rd mov. Only) Harp
14 Violins I 12 Violins II 9 Violas 8 Celli 8 Double Basses
This is my musical love letter to her. Sadly though, she will probably never hear it. Enjoy, people.