Tuscan Affair by William West

"A beautiful and moving piece."
-Gary Garritan

Re mastered by
Francesco Marchetti (Italy)

While taking a break from orchestrating "Russian Dance", I decided to write something as it has been a while since I’ve written anything from scratch.

Writer’s block often plagues my existence. When I sit in front of the keyboard I become overwhelmed with “Where do I begin?” To tackle this problem I decided I would come up with a name for the new composition and write music to the emotion conveyed in the name. “ Notting Hill” was my choice.

The harp was as good an instrument to start with as any. After a few passes the entrance to the song began. I added counter-melodies and harmony and I was pleasantly surprised with the fullness I was able to achieve with the orchestra tutti (playing in unison) on the chorus.

Upon completion the title “Notting Hill” seemed lackluster and the name “Tuscan Affair” took its place.

It is worth noting that “Tuscan Affair” really freaked me out! For me, it was ground breaking in the fact that for once everything seemed to click.

Instruments:
Flute
Oboe
English Horn
Bassoon
French Horn
Trombone
Timpani
Bass Drum
Cymbals
Gong
Glockenspiel
Harp
Violins I
Violins II
Violas
Cellos
Basses

 

Instruments complements of the Garritan Personal Orchestra
Sequenced and Recorded on Cakewalk's Sonar 3 Producer Edition Digital Multi-track Recording System
Mastered on Sony's Soundforge 6 and Steinberg's Wavelab
Written between March 19 – March 26, 2004. Recorded March 26, 2004.


Copyright 2004
Traddstreet Music, BMI