I have been subscribing to a music A&R (Artist and Repertoire) company, TAXI.com. This company supplies music tracks to production music libraries, record labels, and film and TV producers. TAXI.com regularly advertises new opportunities. When I see an opportunity that fits my composing style, I then compose a piece that meets the criteria.
There was a recent request for orchestral instrumentals that have an “emotionally uplifting sound and feel.” They are looking for music that makes the listener shed “happy tears”.
So I fired up my DAW and composed a 2-minute instrumental with a simple but but beautiful melody. I used a couple of animated ostinato presets from The Orchestra Complete 2 VST library. I did not use these presets straight “out-of-the-box”. I toned down the ostinatos a bit, emphasizing the long, sustained chords. This is the approach that more closely resembles the reference tracks.
The result is a simple piece that does not develop. However, it does become progressively more intense, yet can still serve as background music for a film or TV show.