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Hopeful Piano forward

Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:29 am
by nicotina
I got a forward for this piano piece. This is my first forward with orchestral strings. I've been nervous about strings, because I don't know much about them. The first thing I've learned is that less is more. The more it sounds like an orchestra, the more fake midi it sounds to me. But just one or two cellos or violins can sound pretty real, and pack a lot of emotion.

my tune is
The Optimism waltz
It can be heard at


HOPEFUL, PIANO-Based INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed no later than THURSDAY by an A-List Music Publisher/Music Licensing Company with a long history of placements in Film, TV, and Commercials. They’re on the hunt for Mid-Tempo Instrumental Cues that are in the general stylistic range of the references they provided to us below:

The Dream Gap


Please submit well-composed Piano-based Instrumental Cues that convey a hopeful and optimistic vibe, feel, and mood. Your Cues should have an arpeggiated style, with light Orchestral Instrumentation layered as it progresses to build to a nice developmental arc. Instrumentation for this pitch could include Strings, Bells, Cello, and Drums. You’d be smart to avoid submitting anything that’s overly busy for this pitch, as it could distract from a TV Commercial's dialogue.

TAXI Tip: Think of the type of music that could work well for many kinds of happy, lighthearted, storytelling-type moods in commercials.

All Instrumentals must be 1:00 in length with Non-Faded, Buttoned/ Stinger endings. We think you'd be even smarter to make sure your Cues end at 59.5 seconds, including instrument ring outs and reverb tails! Please do NOT copy the referenced music in any way, shape, or form. Use them only as a general guide for instrumentation, texture, tone, and overall vibe. Broadcast quality is needed.

This company offers a NON-EXCLUSIVE, 50/50 deal. You’ll split any applicable sync fees 50/50. You’ll get 100% of the Master rights and Writer’s share, and the Catalog will get 100% of the Publishing for any placements they generate. You must own or control your Master and Copyright to submit for this opportunity. Please submit as many Instrumental Cues as you like online or per CD. All submissions will be screened on a Yes/No basis by a TAXI screener handpicked by the Publisher – Short critiques only. Submissions must be received no later than 11:59PM (PST), on Thursday, January 3rd, 2019. TAXI #Y190103PN

Re: Hopeful Piano forward

Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:07 pm
by Anders
That’s beautiful Vince!
Nice touch with the strings, what sample library are you using?
...I feel exactly the same whenever I try to add strings :D

Good luck with it!


Re: Hopeful Piano forward

Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:06 pm
by Holmseth
Congratulations on the forward. Nice tune.
I especially liked the last section with the rapid piano movement. And the strings sound good too :)
Best of luck.

Re: Hopeful Piano forward

Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:42 am
Hi Nicotina, beautiful piece and congratulations. The strings sounded very good to me! Tom

Re: Hopeful Piano forward

Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:50 am
by stansongman
Very pretty, I like the classical touch, and pretty solo cello. FYI, you have that number and one other ("Forever Romance") available for download, I don't know if that was intentional...

Re: Hopeful Piano forward

Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:49 pm
by nicotina

I used Garritan Instant Orchestra from Aria for the Cello. Glad you liked it!