So I have been thinking about another piece lately, this one being a multi-movement work related to nature. I'm not sure if this will turn out to be a symphony or not. I certainly seem to be getting a 5 movement symphony template when thinking about the piece.
More specifically though, I'm thinking about the final movement, which is supposed to represent a "Dance of Nature". As such, I figured triple meter and Allegro tempo would fit perfectly to the feel of this piece. With this "Dance of Nature", I was thinking of slowly adding in instruments and complexity like this:
- Bass line to provide a harmonic skeleton - Tree branches swaying to the beat of nature - Cello and Bassoon
- Basic melodic shape - Person dancing to the beat of nature - Violin
- Embellishments of the melody - Animals start joining in the dance - Other strings
- Trills added over the melody - Birds join in - Woodwinds besides Bassoon
- Further additions of complexity - More animals join in
- Chordal ending - All the animals are dancing to the beat of nature.
The closest piece I can find in terms of it adding not just melodic complexity, but also starting with a bass line and adding instrumental complexity is also a final movement, more specifically the Finale of the Eroica symphony.
But, if I'm not mistaken, the Finale of the Eroica symphony is in 2/4 or some other form of duple meter. It certainly has the feel of a victory march(which isn't what I am going for with my piece).
But, when I look at it, I notice 2 separate forms going on at the same time. On the micro scale, there are individual variations making up a Theme and Variations form. On the macro scale, those variations combine in groups of 3 into a sort of sonata form.
I'm wondering if, out of all the possible forms, Theme and Variations would best fit the bill of a common baseline, a basic melody that gets elaborated, and added instrumental complexity that I am wanting in my "Dance of Nature" Finale. Or would a different form work better?