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"A MOST AMUSING MAN" for Concert Band
EDIT: July 23 - NEW DEMO - The photo above now goes to the new audio demo that reflects the myriad of changes the score's gone through since I first started the thread. For the insatiably curious, while there at Box, you can still access previous posts, the earlier scores, as well as the two previous MP3s.
EDIT: July 2 - This is still more of a work-in-progress than I could have imagined when I started this thread. A 3rd version of the score is on this opening post, but it's already outdated. I'm working away at the list of many more notes I've gotten here on the Forum and in PMs, in my quest to get this as good as I can make it. I'll be updating again later!
EDIT: July 7 - I now have the "final" version of the score, incorporating all the notes I got after posting the 3rd version of the score. The link is below, for anyone interested in seeing the results of the MASSIVE and much appreciated help I got from everyone here.
EDIT: July 9 - Yet more edits, new version linked below.
Forum member Rodney "Composingatnight" inspired me to do this, but he doesn't even know it!
After I posted my space music video "Overview" awhile back, Rodney suggested that I adapt it for Concert Band - and with his notation help, that's just what I did. That went so well that I was all geared up to do another Concert Band piece. My wife provided the second piece of inspiration I needed. She suggested I adapt a tune from my show, "Dorian Gray." I immediately thought of the Gilbert and Sullivan style chorus number from Act Two, "A Most Amusing Man."
Now, four weeks later, I have materials presentable enough to share. I'm posting what I have at this point for an audio demo and the score. Later, after I've taken a much-needed break from the project, there may be a bit more to do with both things, but I'm happy enough for now.
Three weeks of that four week period was spent in wrestling the thing down to the mat in notation. I know that by working in Sonar first and then importing into Sibelius, I'm working in the most difficult way possible. But that's just the way I gotta do it. Most of the score adaptation was done in Sonar, then the biggest HEADACHE in Sibelius was to notate a million and one danged triplets. What a nightmare. Long ago, I did the original file of the song in 4/4 instead of 6/8, upon the advice I was given at the time. That called for all the triplets.
Three weeks of pushing notes and symbols around for a piece already completely orchestrated is Not my idea of good time. I felt like I was in a new, very special circle of Hell in Dante's Inferno. If I could afford it, I would gladly hire someone to do this tedious work for me since I get precisely Zero enjoyment from it. I could wish to not go back to Notation Hell anytime soon, but I want to have more things in my Concert Band portfolio, so I'll probably be submitting myself to the torture again fairly soon.
Now that I have a fairly decent looking score, I want to show it off to you folks, so you can all be proud of me for escaping the Inferno alive.--hehe.
The photo above which links to the MP3 was taken opening night of "Dorian" in Russia. It's of the character Lord Henry, the "amusing man" of the number's title.
Here's the score:
EDIT: Please look at/download the third score version, not one of these first two. The first was in 4/4, the second was in 12/8 but had many errors. The third is in 12/8 incorporating notes on this thread. Adding this disclaimer because I'm getting email notifications from Box about the first two scores being downloaded. Maybe people are just wanting to compare the versions, but I want to make it clear that it's the third link on this post that has the most accurate score.
"A Most Amusing Man" score for Concert Band
EDIT 6/18/13 - As per the advice on this thread, I've re-notated the score in 12/8. Much better, it's no longer a sea of triplets:
"A Most Amusing Man" score in 12/8
EDIT 6/30/13 - 12 more days of editing and I have a much improved score, incorporating the feedback notes I got on this thread:
"A Most Amusing Man" NEW IMPROVED (Whiter whites! Darker darks!) score in 12/8
EDIT 7/7/13 - And now, what I'm needing to consider the "final" version of the score. THANK YOU, everyone who helped so much in getting this up to speed.
EDIT 7/9/13 - The score at the link below has been updated since 7/7. As soon as I thought I was done - more needs for fixes popped up. sigh.
"A Most Amusing Man" - the "final" version of the score
Most of the notation users on the Forum are far more experienced with notation programs than I am. I would appreciate the newest version to be checked over by anyone feeling inclined to help. Thanks.
The MP3 demo is all Garritan, basically like other pieces I've posted this year, but different enough that I'll list everything I used to satisfy the curious -
NOTE - As of July 23rd, the MP3 is now of the newly re-scored piece, in the key of G.
Piccolo group COMB
Flute group COMB
Oboe 1 GPO
Oboe 2 GPO
Bassoon 1 GPO
Bassoon 2 GPO
Clarinet group COMB
Bass clarinet GPO
Alto Saxophone JABB
Alto group COMB
Tenor Saxophone JABB
Tenor group COMB
Baritone Saxophone JABB
Baritone group COMB
Trumpet 1 COMB
Trumpet 2, 3 JABB and GPO
Trump attack IO
Horn 1 GPO
Horn over AG GPO
Horn 2 (SAM) GPO
Trombone 1 GPO
Trom over AG GPO
Trombone group COMB
Bass Trombone (SAM) GPO
Tuba group COMB
Chimes (Tubular Bells) GPO
Snares IO (5 instances)
VDL bass line COMB
Big bass drum GPO
Small bass drum COMB
Rattle Cog WORLD
Blocks JABB (GM Classic Jazz Drum Kit)