Our composers translate their emotions during this shelter-in-place into beautiful, touching music.
By: Johnny Kuehnis
This piece reflects the feelings of sorrow that many of us have while in quarantine. It continues in F-sharp minor the whole way through but has one part that sounds as if the piece is pulling out of a dreary tone. However, it ultimately stays in the minor key, reflecting the hope of a reprieve that we sometimes fear being taken away.
This piece captures more of a journey rather than a stage. The name refers to how I thought of staying home as a holiday in the beginning, but as time passed, I felt lonely even though I was not alone. The piece starts happy, before the tunnel, and then suddenly turns dark. After that, with a few small triumphs, it works its way out of the tunnel to the light again. For those of you still stuck in the tunnel, try something new and do it consistently. Write a song, start learning a language, or bake something. Watching yourself improve at something physical might better your state of mind :)
By: Atri Banerjee
"B" begins as a joyous bubbly piece in E-flat major but is abruptly disrupted by a single B. The disagreeable mood this note evokes serves to represent the sudden and unpleasant arrival of the coronavirus to our lives. Although the piece continues in a seemingly chaotic manner, it resolves with a soothing E-flat, demonstrating a hope for health and joy for everyone.
During quarantine, I had more time to explore the neighborhood, but the streets were empty. I approached this piece from a romanticized anime scoring standpoint, so I added some interesting sound effects like cats. I used the iv minor chord to signify the mental challenges of quarantine, but it's only used once because I've been able to get over most of them.