A Thing A Week - 2016 - Week 42 | Gymnastics - Composer Quest Olympics - Event 6 - Composer Choice

Welcome to Event 6 of the 2016 Composer Quest Olympics!

Composer’s Choice

Due October 27th
Maybe you can’t compete in a REAL Olympic event, but you an at least compose something in honor of one. You’ll pick an event and decide what style or form captures its essence. For example, if you picked javelin throw, you might compose a long continuous arc in your melody. Or maybe you want to capture the improvisation of a boxing match with competing jazz solos. Or maybe you just want to write a song about a bobsled team. Provide a recording to share with the group, plus a short written description of the event you chose and how you represented it in your composition.


I (like many others) was highly impressed with Simone Biles's floor routine in the 2016 Olympic Games. So, I decided to use that routine as inspiration for a piece of music for piano. I put the sound of the video on mute, and composed a character piece that is cued to the routine itself. This was a lot of fun to write and is very enjoyable to watch (IMHO).

I'm so grateful to have been a part of this Composer Quest. It has been a long road and a lot of work, but well worth the effort. I've gotten to know a bunch of other composers and their work, and have written a lot of music that I would not have otherwise written. Hat's off to Charlie McCarron for putting this whole thing together.

I hope you enjoy this little video :)

The idea is that these are perfectly synced in time. I had a video up on YouTube that did the work for you, but got hit by NBC even though I didn't monetize it...@$$ holes...

Anyway, if you mute the sound on their video and then hit play on mine and hit play on theirs immediately after, you can get it pretty close. Good luck ;)

Simone Biles Gold Medal Floor Routine Video

Thanks for watching!

See you next week :)

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