Under the Old Magnolia by William West

Under the Old Magnolia

"Wonderful piece! It conjures up images of Norman Rockwell-type paintings, very Americana"

This composition follows two weeks after the writing of “Tuscan Affair”.

I was playing around with the different instruments in GPO and was struck with inspiration when I got to the piccolo. With the record button on I simply played whatever came to mind (or from the heart). The solo piccolo line that begins the composition was the result and on which everything else was built. So I left it intact.

Orchestration is rather difficult for me so there was a lot of trial and error. In some places the accompaniment came first followed by secondary themes. Sometimes secondary themes preceded and dictated the accompaniment. The violin descant came last quite by mistake. After a little bit of development it saved the day.

Below is one of the short scetches I used to test a more pastorial feel to the orchestration:

Out Take from Under the Old Magnolia

English Horn
Eb Clarinet
Bb Clarinet
French Horns
Piccolo Trumpet
Violins I
Violins II

Instruments complements of the Garritan Personal Orchestra
Sequenced (on 44 tracks) and Recorded on Cakewalk's Sonar 3 Producer Edition Digital Multi-track Recording SystemMastered on Sony's Soundforge 6 and Steinberg's Wavelab
Recorded April, 2004.

Copyright 2004
Traddstreet Music, BMI