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    Gounod - "Sanctus" From St. Cecilia Mass

    Charles Gounod is well known for both his opera and masses. In his life he composed so many masses that he became in danger of becoming better known for that art rather than the one he so desired to be associated with, opera. His Messe Solonelle de St. Cecilia , written to honor St. Ceclie the patron saint of music, was one of his greatest, and the one that troubled him the most to create. Could he be so bold and skilled as to compose a mass on the grandest scale that would indeed give proper homage to the patron saint of music? History has proven that he did indeed.

    The "Sanctus" section is the climax of the mass. In a live performance a solo tenor enters later joined by a large male chorus. In this arrangement a double trombone choir (each 1A, 3T, 2B) is employed, half as the male chorus and the other half as support for the pipe organ accompaniment. The solo voice tenor voice is performed by an alto trombone.

    The arrangement was created in Encore notation and ported to Finale 2006.
    The output was made using the GPO library and the following instruements;

    Each trombone choir: Ten Tbone Solo, Ten Tbone Plr 1, Ten Tbone Plr 2, Ten
    Tbone Plr 3, Tbone Overlay
    The organ: Flute, Cornet (during one solo)

    http://www.garybricault.com/mp3/Sanc...rWithOrgan.mp3

    I hope that you find this work as lovely as I do.

    Gary

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    An interesting and succesful adaptation, Gary.

    I wonder perhaps about including some higher brass.

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    Yes, I do find it as lovely as you do. Which organ did you use, there are several in GPO, right?

    So if you listen to this on Sunday, you don't have to go to Mass? Sorry, Catholic joke, i could not resist.

    David

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    Quote Originally Posted by etLux
    An interesting and succesful adaptation, Gary.

    I wonder perhaps about including some higher brass.

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    Thanks David. I may do a mixed brass arr. on the Sanctus someday. It was another one of the arrangements that I wrote with the Eastman Trombone Choir in mind.

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    Re: Gounod - "Sanctus" From St. Cecilia Mass

    Quote Originally Posted by Leaf
    Yes, I do find it as lovely as you do. Which organ did you use, there are several in GPO, right?

    David
    Thanks for your comments. I used the Flute organ except in the passage where I used the cornet as the solo voice against the trombone harmony.

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    Hi Gary,

    Here yo made a great arrangement of this very famous Sanctus.
    But, to my taste and experience, I think it's a bit to ''dry' with the two brass 'singers''.
    Gounod used to be more ''sensual'' in his approch of melody and voicing. Personaly, I think so, but it can't be a universal ''rule''.

    Anyway, you've done a big job here! Cool!

    Mayer Barouh
    ...and I said to myself: "What a wonderful world"!

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    Mayer,Thanks for listening to the Sanctus. It is truely one of the great Mass works of its kind. There is clearly the influence of Gounod's operatic style throughout.Garywww.garybricault.com

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    You're right, Gary,
    The Faust is ever omnipresent, especially in the Sanctus...
    Mayer

    EDIT > I heard your "Bay Trail March" on your site. Great ! A Big American Inspiration, I'd say. Congrats!
    ...and I said to myself: "What a wonderful world"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbarouh
    You're right, Gary,
    The Faust is ever omnipresent, especially in the Sanctus...
    Mayer

    EDIT > I heard your "Bay Trail March" on your site. Great ! A Big American Inspiration, I'd say. Congrats!
    Mayer, I am glad that you enjoyed the "Bay Trail March". I composed it for my daughter when she was in 7th grade band a few years ago. You might also enjoy my compositions for band that I wrote for her this past year, her senior year in high school. They were posted to the forum previously as;

    First Suite For Band
    http://www.northernsounds.com/forum/...ad.php?t=45409

    2006 - A Concert March
    http://www.northernsounds.com/forum/...ad.php?t=45446

    Gary Bricault

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    Gary,
    I know by experince how difficult it is to write this kind of music, and I totally agree with David Sosnowski’s analysis and conclusions. There are plenty of splendid inventions in your phrases and architectures.

    Sincere congrats for these great works.

    I often wrote music for my daughter too, because she is a choir manager, but very often to try to convince her, or to convert her (if you prefer) to contemporary writings.
    Sometimes, I succeded and other times she was the listener the most severe I’ve ever had, with an exception for her brother, who happen to be my son. . .
    Mayer BAROUH
    ...and I said to myself: "What a wonderful world"!

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