Most of the time, composers of film and television scores are careful to mimic the mood evoked in each scene with their music. For example, uptempo pieces are generally reserved for action sequences, and major keys are aligned with calm or joyful…Continue
Grace Gollmar (b. 1997) has been playing, studying, and writing music for most of her life. She is an accomplished pianist and an aspiring choral composer who also enjoys writing poetry and fiction. In 2013, she received first place in her category of the MTNA State Composition Competition for "June". She also received first place in the Junior division of the competition for "The Hanging Tree" in 2011 and an honorable mention in the Senior division in 2012 for "Theme from Impressionists".
Comments on her compositions:
"Theme from 'Impressionists'"
“Theme from ‘Impressionists’” is a composition that I wrote to accompany a story. This story focuses on two individuals who have become mentally superpowered in ways that complement their characters. I wanted the theme for “Impressionists” to represent both heroism and intrigue, and to contain some of the soaring qualities of a classical superhero theme without compromising the quirks of each character. The main motif, in D minor, represents the villain of the story, who is also the protagonist. Later, there is a motif in C minor that represents the more heroic antagonist of the story.
This song is a choral piece for which I wrote the music and lyrics last summer. The lyrics focus on themes of rebirth and uncertainty in the natural world, and I tried to reflect this beauty and hesitancy with the chords and melodies that I chose.
"The Hanging Tree"
This piece, which I wrote for an 8-voice choir (SSAATTBB), is a setting of lyrics from The Hunger Games series of books by Suzanne Collins. These slightly morbid lyrics come from a folk song that the main character once learned, and they describe a man hanged for murder who is inviting his beloved to be with him in death. With this song, I took the simplicity of a single melody and expanded it to multiple parts, building the theme to a point before ending in a quiet round.