1. Overture / The Adventure Theme
2. The Romantic Theme
3. The Action Theme
4. The Dramatic Theme / Finale
When I started to think about the instrumentation of this work I immediately thought that this work needed a big orchestral sound, however, I wrote before it a piano version of the suite. This approach helped me to have a better perception of the entire work in terms of structure, harmony and how the themes would work together.
Piano version of the Hollywood Suite
I. Overture / The Adventure Theme
It’s fair to say that the first movement sets the tone for the entire work. The main theme is introduced by the piano, a theme that will appear, sometimes with rhythmic and melodic variations, throughout the suite.
The challenge was to write the main theme that would be captivating and at the same time simple, so it could be transformed and played along.
Manuscript of the first movement
II. The Romantic Theme
Romance… something that is very present in Hollywood movies, right?
To describe a romantic scene I needed I lyrical and passionate theme with a soft background, so, an alto flute introduces the romantic theme, and contrasting with the other movements, this movement presents a simpler and lighter orchestration in order to highlight the main melody.
Manuscript of the Romantic Theme.
In the first version I called it “The Love Theme” but then changed it to “Romantic Theme”.
III. The Action Theme
After the previous, very calm and relaxing movement, let’s bring the house down!
For this movement, I spent a few days structuring and thinking about the type of sound that I wanted to achieve. From the start, I realized that in order to create an impacting movement, that would describe an action scene, I would have to use a wide array of orchestral sounds. Along the movement, several effects were used to achieve it (like glissandi and flatterzunge) together with a denser orchestration.
The drums at the beginning of the movement were not present in the first version of the score, but after hearing it I thought they would create more momentum to the movement.
Manuscript of the Action Theme.
IV. The Dramatic Theme / Finale
This movement can be divided into two parts. In the first part, a new theme is introduced, the dramatic theme, first played by the piano and later on by the strings.
In the second part, the finale, all themes, and leitmotifs presented in the previous movements are revisited through rhythmic and melodic variations.
Manuscript of the last movement.