In my last post I talked about how I had started a composition course with the Berklee School of Music. That time I was publishing a trio of love themes.

This time I’ve been working on sad themes. It turns out that they are almost identical to love themes, just in minor keys. Go figure!

The first theme here is once again a simple orchestration of a provided theme. I’ve gone for a bit of a delicate touch.


The next two are a bit more complicated as they are compositions to match deleted scenes from films. I’m still uncomfortable about uploading the full scenes to the site.

Anyway, they are both marked by having very significant mood changes in the middle.

The first is from a film called “Akeelah and the Bee”. She’s happily doing her spelling practice and having a nice little daydream until she suddenly remembers the day that her father was shot and killed. Not a subtle dramatic switch.



And this second one is from the Ridley Scott/Russell Crowe “Robin Hood” movie. Marion is having a jovial-if-morbid conversation about funeral rites with an old man on a hill. Then suddenly, out of the blue, the man tells Marion that her husband is dead – cue Cello solo.

This whole piece is something of a fantasia on the old English tune “Lavenders Blue”. The short story of why I chose this is that it is literally the first thing I ever learnt to play on double bass, only I had a strange habit of unintentionally transposing it into a minor key, which simultaneously disappointed and delighted my teacher. Remembering how easily and effectively it shifts between the two (it simply involves flattening the highest note in the melody to create a minor third) I use it here in exactly that way. In major for the first half, then minor for the second.