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    Flight of the Bumblebee - from Thomas Penders

    Thomas Penders has done a remarkable rendition of "The Flight of the Bumblebee".

    http://www.garritan.com/mp3/tp-BUMBL...omaPenders.mp3

    Thomas wrote the entire arrangement from a piano score (from the movie "Shine"). He did the arrangement in Sibelius. He used the strings in GPO and mixed different violins with in and out of tuning , slur or short bows, and acheived blended scales. The result is amazing!

    What notation is becoming capable of performing is nothing short of astounding. Thomas has brought notation playback to another level.

    Thanks for sharing this with us Thomas.

    Gary Garritan

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    Outstanding! Extremely brilliant!
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    Re: Flight of the Bumblebee - from Thomas Penders

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    Re: Flight of the Bumblebee - from Thomas Penders

    WOW!! This takes my breath just listening. Great use of varied tuning. Bravo!
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    AMAZING! This must have taken a great deal of work and patience. Thanks for sharing it with us!
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    Re: Flight of the Bumblebee - from Thomas Penders

    Tom,

    Excellent effort indeed.

    As we keep on saying the more imperfect you can make the sound and timing, in every possible way, the more human and realistic (=better) it sounds.
    Having said that, I think the detuning may have been, very slightly, overdone at times but for this piece it's forgivable.

    Frank

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardy Heern
    I think the detuning may have been, very slightly, overdone at times

    Frank
    Yikes, I have to agree with Frank, the one who always calls it the way he sees it. The VAR tuning is WOW too much.
    It is important to make things as human as possible, but not out of tune.
    Fun piece!
    Dan

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    Re: Flight of the Bumblebee - from Thomas Penders

    Quote Originally Posted by DPDAN
    Yikes, I have to agree with Frank, the one who always calls it the way he sees it. The VAR tuning is WOW too much.
    It is important to make things as human as possible, but not out of tune.
    Fun piece!
    Dan
    I think the drastic detuning is what Thomas intended. Think swarm of bees coming at you - they won't stop to tune their wings - it would be amorphous buzzes. I realize that many are used to hearing the well-tempered and tuned bees but this is a more menacing hive .

    Gary Garritan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garritan
    I think the drastic detuning is what Thomas intended. Think swarm of bees coming at you - they won't stop to tune their wings - it would be amorphous buzzes. I realize that many are used to hearing the well-tempered and tuned bees but this is a more menacing hive .

    Gary Garritan
    OK you convinced me Perhaps this piece should have always been played this way.

    Dan

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    Re: Flight of the Bumblebee - from Thomas Penders

    Thomas,

    That's a fun piece and I enjoyed it! Thanks for taking the time to do it.

    Best regards,

    Larry A.
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    www.alexandermusic.com

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