I. Rimsky's Beard
This track is a humble tribute to one of my favorite composers, Rimsky Korsakov, whose harmonic approach and orchestration techniques I have studied extensively. I used some of the harmonic effects that he developed in his compositions, including the use of octatonic harmony. Examples are heard in the main riff, the first theme, and in the central section. Additionally, in the main theme I referenced Rimsky's signature use of a chromatic harmony, full of harmonic digressions, but always linked to a tonal center. I wanted not only to write in Rimsky's harmony vocabulary, but also incorporate elements of his orchestrations, such as the use of the tremolo on octatonic harmonies and the use of woodwinds opposing the strings.