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Coming Home - variation on a theme by David Kneupper


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This piece was written around the sound of the trombone with the theme of completion in mind. As it started to form and grow it became rather grand and sweeping so I just went with it to see what would happen. As it turns out, it is a good fit to the Hero's Journey Project in the sense of the hero returning to their home after learning so much, now ready to share knowledge with his or her people.

This piece is dedicated to my wonderful Trombone pod-mates and our fearless leader Akasha from CTI as we complete the certification programme in co-active coaching. You guys are each a treasure!

Be well!
Doug

UPDATE: I realised, with not inconsiderable embarrassment, long after this piece was uploaded that the 4 note opening theme is actually from a piece by David Kneupper called The Firing Room, The Music of Apollo Saturn V Centre. I had visited the Kennedy Space Centre in the 90s and was struck by the theme, and had also purchased the CD of the music written for the park. Roll forward a decade or so and I am on the piano hammering out what I think is a grand sounding theme for this new piece. I can remember trying a number of variants over and over until I settled on this one, not realising that I had heard it before (no wonder I settled on it).

In any event, I want to acknowledge the source of the inspiration here since it was not my intent to plagiarise the theme. The development of the theme is my own (I think, unless that comes from another part of my memory!). I have also modified the song title to reflect Mr. Kneupper's work and its influence here.
DWS
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Uploaded: Feb 08, 2009 - 04:19:05 PM
Last Updated: Mar 28, 2011 - 10:31:00 AM Last Played: Oct 17, 2017 - 02:19:10 PM
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Skean said 3208 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
Doug my friend
First I have to say it is so nice to see you're back :D
And what a great dedicate song to your friend.
A master piece, wonderful in many ways... Just beautiful.. Kudos.

Cheers
---
Kenta
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Doug Somers said 3208 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
Hey Kent!
Thanks for the welcome and very kind words. If you knew the people in the dedication you would understand the motivation in the composition!!

Thanks again bro'

Doug
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Feter said 3208 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
Coming Home
Ahh what a teremendous sound ...awesome writing piece my friend ...
your writing so large and wide and so individual ...loved it really !
so grand with the trombone ...and the solos even ...thnx alot for sharin !!!
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Doug Somers said 3208 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
You are always so generous
with your comments Feter. This was a piece that just got bigger and bigger as it went on, even when I tried to calm it down in the middle! :o) It is a pleasure to hear from you my friend and so I'm glad you liked my work.

Be well,
Doug
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davisamerica said 3208 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
trombones ...
i love trombones .. comes from my old high school band days ... those guys were the geeks of freak ... i digress... Doug this is a soaring and wide open wonder. I just want to breathe deeply. Deeply impressed with your composing talent and I know from the old "MJ Challenge " days you are a bag of surprises ... long story short ..amazing and downloaded ... thanks
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Doug Somers said 3208 days ago (February 9th, 2009)
Gotta love those trombone players!
I too played in the high school band though for me it was the trumpet.

Thanks for listening, for your super supportive comments and bringing back memories of the trombone section ( who were a kind of cool species to themselves. :o)

Doug
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peacepiano said 3208 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
Heroic
Has the sound of a grand heroic theme to me. Well balanced orchestration with lots of emotional impact for that big coming home scene!

Thanks
Bill
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Doug Somers said 3208 days ago (February 9th, 2009)
Thanks Bill
It wasn't until today that I realised that there is an up and down, crashing-through-the-waves kind of phrasing to the last section that I hadn't connected with sailing - duh! At least my sub-conscious was at work linking the picture to the music. My conscious brain was looking for a hero returning home kind of photo.

Message to self... listen to the underlying intuition!

Thanks for your positive commentary Bill! It is always so thoughtfully offered.

Take care,
Doug
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KellyMarkSmith said 3208 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
Chills....
That's all I have to say..... Masterful !! This is an 11!! Someone get Magnatone she'd love this!!
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Doug Somers said 3206 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Hey!
Thanks for the strong vote of confidence. Turning it up to 11 - wow, even the Tap would be proud of that accomplishment! Many thanks man,

Doug
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thetiler said 3208 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
I want to see a movie
with that music in it ! Love the pic as well. The trombones really make a good sound. But also the other orchestrated sounds fit very nicely. I've said it before but I love it when a poster pics out a good image for the music and you did really good as well.

Would love to hear more music like this at MJ because I think there is nothing more uplifting than movie music. You build up of sounds about 3/4th the way through is very stirring, exciting!
The whole thing was a delight. Plus thanks for taking the time out to email me as well.

But really this instrumental was a delight to hear ! And see !
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Doug Somers said 3206 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Another Movie fan!
Thanks Bill, you are a real gent! I'm so glad you liked the arrangement. When I get a chance I will email you about the EWQL Silver and see if we can get you rolling.

Cheers,
Doug
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futzpucker said 3208 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
Great to see you, Doug...
This is beautiful, majestic, and dynamic. The orchestration is beautifully realized. I love when a song is started, and then it begins to take over, almost composing itself, subtly telling you what it needs. And the result you achieved in that process is spectacular.

This is a fine piece of music, Doug. Well done. Congratulations.

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Doug Somers said 3206 days ago (February 11th, 2009)
Thanks so much,
I've heard about novel writers having the book start to write itself too. I really appreciate your support and most complimentary remarks. I hope when I get through my overly busy schedule this week that I can get over and listen to some of the music you and others on this page have been creating while I was away.

Thanks again for your kindness,
Doug
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blaky smith said 3208 days ago (February 9th, 2009)
Masterpiece
Very beautiful creation Doug, on all levels. Your friend is lucky.
Your orchestration is very nice, so much emotion, I love it...
Great to see you are back...
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Doug Somers said 3205 days ago (February 11th, 2009)
Vous etes si gentil - Merci!!
I'm so glad you liked the piece - it was great fun to put together and to hear how it turned out. Of course now I would like to polish it up a bit as I can hear all the things that do not work as well as I would have liked, but there will be time for that.

Merci encore,
Doug
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Roxylee said 3208 days ago (February 9th, 2009)
This one
makes me want to salute a soldier. You put all the instruments together so perfectly. It's wistful, yet bold and grand at the same time. Just wonderful work, Doug.
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Doug Somers said 3204 days ago (February 12th, 2009)
Awwwwww....
Thanks Roxy for such a vote of support for this work. It's always amazing to me how inspiration works, and your kind note certainly inspires me to go off and create yet again!

Many thanks,
Doug
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DWL said 3208 days ago (February 9th, 2009)
Beautifully done Doug
A lovely, thoughtful and effective arrangement.

Nicely balanced and coherent.

Cheers

Dick
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Doug Somers said 3204 days ago (February 12th, 2009)
Thanks so much Dick
It's been fun to move around stylistically and I think the time had come for this to pop off the keyboard.

Appreciate your coming by and leaving your encouraging comment!
Be well,
Doug
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gail60 said 3208 days ago (February 9th, 2009)
Beautiful
Wonderful Calming, soothing, heartfelt, breath taking music! You are very talented Doug and always a favorite of mine. Great job!!
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Doug Somers said 3204 days ago (February 12th, 2009)
Thank you Gail - high praise from
an artist such as yourself. Thank you so much for the inspiration and sharing your thoughts here.

Be well,
Doug
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guitapick said 3208 days ago (February 9th, 2009)
WOW!
Put me on the high seas and let me sail away, man!!! Very, very inspiring!!! Serious work...
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Doug Somers said 3204 days ago (February 12th, 2009)
Hoist that sail
Nice to have you pop round for a listen Bob. Thanks as always for your support. Glad you liked the tune.

Cheers,
Doug
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Diviner said 3208 days ago (February 9th, 2009)
Spot On
This piece is right on the button, a brilliant composition that emotionally and physically draws you in and you are instantly brought to the epic finish of the hero's journey. Fantastic Doug, well done and good to see you. What a return.
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Doug Somers said 3204 days ago (February 12th, 2009)
Glad to be back
Thanks for your comments and for your message checking up on me while I was off moving. Your music has made great driving tunes on more occasions than I can count. Fortunately I haven't been done for speeding yet.

Cheers, and thanks again,
Doug
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Mystified said 3207 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
there you are....!
I was wondering where you had gone to.

Thank you for posting this beautiful and creative work. I really do enjoy how you have connected the music of the Hero's Journey Project to imagination and storytelling! This is a lovely addition :)
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Doug Somers said 3204 days ago (February 12th, 2009)
I'm baaaaaaaaack!
It's always a pleasure to hear from you Cat. Thanks for your lovely support.

All the best,
Doug
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Moviz said 3206 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
great to see/hear
you again Doug and this is a beautiful piece with very warming sounds from the cor anglais and then the grandness of the trombone fills it out beautifully, regards M
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Doug Somers said 3204 days ago (February 13th, 2009)
Thanks Maurice
There is something amazing about how instrument choices (and even the notes of a melody) just happen sometimes without thought or planning. I skipped right past the oboe and went straight to the cor anglais and that was that, then paired it with the bassoon (which was consciously thought about) later in the mid-part to provide a complimentary double reeded sound.

Appreciate your comments and stopping by to give us a listen!

Cheers,
Doug
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Char said 3206 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Such a monumental
sound. Makes me want to cry because I see it as a tribute to sacrifice and dedication. Wonderfully realized. Thank you.
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Doug Somers said 3202 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
Yes, this grew to be quite monumental
My son calls this style Epic. Certainly the dedication to my fellow coaches does reflect the dedication they had in doing the work necessary to get through the certification program, but it goes beyond that - this music is also about who they are going to be helping others as life and business coaches in the future.

I'm so glad you liked this piece.

Be well Char,
Doug
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kassia said 3206 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
beautiful sounds
and beautiful composition. this is majestic and tender and nostalgic. very emotive and wonderfully orchestrated. i've been trying to decide if I want to invest in EWQL orchestra and if this isn't a good enough argument, then I don't know what is. A gorgeous cinematic song. thank you!
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Doug Somers said 3202 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
Thank you for your kind remarks
A visit to your site was a treat - I love your work. EWQL was used in part of the piece and I also used some of the Jam Pack orchestra sounds as well (the Cor Anglais for example) since they sounded pretty good too.

Thanks again and I will look forward to hearing more of your work in future.

All the best,
Doug
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drakonis said 3206 days ago (February 11th, 2009)
Excellent work
Nice opening theme, and good choice to cast the hero as the rich solid-sounding trombone, love it. Great orchestration. There was one place (0:57) where the two trombone notes hit together as if played on a keyboard (need to adjust dynamics/timing on one to loosen them apart a bit), but that's the only super minor nit... really nice ending. And this does indeed act as a perfect "cap" for the Hero's journey, Bravo! And welcome home!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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Doug Somers said 3199 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Hello M. Drakonis!
I'm so pleased to hear from you and your careful ear. I'll be reworking this as there are a number of things that I hear AFTER posting (of course) that now drive me crazy. Didn't catch the trombones you mentioned tho' - good call. I would like to tighten up the timing and the end needs a little work to close up the ral. better.

Loved your repost of Rainy March. I seem to recall another rendition by the Soggy Bottom Boys, but then I could be all wet....

Thanks again!
Doug
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magnatone said 3205 days ago (February 11th, 2009)
Coming Home
Doug - this is glorious! How wonderful to have a post from you, and so special too! You have such talent in the orchestration department - this is just beautiful!
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KellyMarkSmith said 3205 days ago (February 11th, 2009)
See I knew u would like this!!
hahaha!!
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Doug Somers said 3199 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Wow - many thanks Karen
I am humbled after listening to your recent works which makes your comments all the more potent. Thank you for listening and your support.

Be well,
Doug
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Sea Monk Seven said 3204 days ago (February 12th, 2009)
its
nice to see people still know how to write catchy classical music. i had to do a project for orchestra when iwas in high school. one of the toughest projects ever assigned to me. im very impressed
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Doug Somers said 3199 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Me too!
I remember that we had the opportunity to arrange something written for piano in high school and then the band would play it. Hard to do for sure, plus I didn't have the benefit of a piano to hear what I was doing in the arrangement. It worked out OK but there is so much more to learn about orchestration - even now!!! It's fun though. Thanks for your comments and it's nice to hear your work as well.

Be well,
Doug
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Bowman said 3204 days ago (February 13th, 2009)
Welcome home
A wonderful and noble work Doug. You take your time with it and let grandly unfold. I love the delicate variations at the center which gradually transition to your final denouement. Very well orchestrated. Welcome home my friend.
-Charlie
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Doug Somers said 3199 days ago (February 18th, 2009)
Thank you Charlie
The mid section reflected an intent to take a breath from the pomp and power of the opening before really going to town on the finish. I wanted it to be very minimalist and incorporating a different melody line initially, with the main theme reappearing slowly at first then with more and more of the orchestra piling on.

I have really enjoyed my visit over to your site to catch up over the last year. It's always a pleasure to hear your fine work.

Be well,
Doug
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richard13 said 3195 days ago (February 22nd, 2009)
A majestic piece of music
as all these fine people can attest. Good work Doug, and like Roxylee, I'm off to salute a soldier.
Cheers
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Doug Somers said 3195 days ago (February 22nd, 2009)
Cheers Richard
Glad you liked it. Although I didn't have a military theme in mind, it's interesting how music evokes certain images in people's minds. The hero I was writing about was more an adventurer as in Homer's Odyssey but the basic attributes are similar for sure.

Thanks again Richard,

Doug
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chipan said 3185 days ago (March 3rd, 2009)
Coming home
I really like the strong theme you've created here. The instrumentation is also excellent. This could definitely be a movie theme. The EWQL sounds good too.

chip
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Char said 2714 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
I'm sending this
to my son in law who is coming home from a year's deployment in Afghanistan. His plane broke in Germany or else he would've been back in the states today. Neat, Doug. :)
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