this is a bit far from the usual stuff i do but i've been having a bad attack of lethargy lately so i decided to have a crack at this jolly tune. it was a bit beyond me i think (there are a few of the dreaded machineguns here.) but i had to do something to get out of the rut so here's Wagner's Ride of the Valkyrie. and apart from the voices, all done with GPO (10 instruments and a computer gasping for breath).
I was hoping someone would get around to doing this piece as I thought (along with Sibelius' Karelia Intermezzo) it would really test the library and stretch the poor person trying to make it sound realistic (with all the 'physically impossible' trills and runs, expressiveness of the brass sections, and so on). Its very strong on the opening string lines and as good as and better in terms of midi-delivery than many of the arrangements 'out there' (eg on http://www.classicalarchives.com/midi/w.html) so be pleased with what you've done. Some tips if you can be bothered:
- use tonality changes in the trills and runs to minimise the machine stutter
- don't be afraid to play the trills out of time (hear the opening lines of this midi arrangement, it's not as good as yours, but listen to the woodwind at the beginning of : http://www.classicalarchives.com/m/4/valkyrie.mid to see what I mean)
- the piece sounds a bit metronomic - slow it down when you want to 'express' - I don't know if anyone saw the Valkyries on BBC2 a couple of weeks ago - I swear the orchestra played this piece at half-speed in places but my did it tingle my spine!