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    Snorlax Hoses Holst

    Friends...

    Here is the first movement of the Second Suite in F for Military Band by Gustav Holst. I am trying 4shared for the first time; hope it works. If it does, all ya gotta do is hit the play button. Unfortunately, you have to wait about 10 secs. before you can listen. Hope it's worth the 10-second wait.

    I worked entirely in Overture 4 for this, using its MIDI control features to ride the mod wheel and provide other expression. Since there is no euphonium, I used a solo horn so I could get vibrato. Overture can "humanize" note start/stop/length/velocity and allows for great MIDI control in several ways. I can get a score that looks good and plays back as you hear. Let's hear it for hideable elements in Overture!!

    Any shortcomings are MINE ALONE, not GPO's or Overture's or JABB's.

    GPO: Flutes, oboes, some clarinets, bassoons, horns, trumpets, trombones, tubas, percussion.
    JABB: Saxes, including that honkin' bass sax
    Finale GPO: remaining clarinets, solo horn (in lieu of euphonium)

    Not much processing/mixing gear here: Overture 4 for scoring, SIR for reverb (free), Kjaerhaus compressor (free), Audacity for EQ & export as mp3(free).

    A real minimalist approach...hope it is acceptable and enjoyable.

    Gary, the world is crying out for the euphoniums in the Concert Band package. When, oh, when???

    Thanks for listening!
    Jim
    Jim Williams
    Professor of Capitalism
    N9EJR
    Indianapolis Brass Choir
    All Your Bass Sus&Short Are Belong to Us.

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    Jim,

    For being a minimalist... Oh, who am I kidding? This sounds great!!! You did an amazing job on this!! What sort of room did you put this in? It sounds rich and yet intimate. The butt kicking has begun... and your wearing a mighty big boot!!

    Thank you for posting this. I'm sure Holst would be pleased.
    Paul

    Prowland the posting Ninja

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prowland
    Jim,

    For being a minimalist... Oh, who am I kidding? This sounds great!!! You did an amazing job on this!! What sort of room did you put this in? It sounds rich and yet intimate. The butt kicking has begun... and your wearing a mighty big boot!!

    Thank you for posting this. I'm sure Holst would be pleased.
    Thanx, Paul! I'm glad you waited the requisite ten seconds.

    If you know Joe S. at Mid-South Music, please tell him Jim (Snorlax) Williams the kolij perfesser says hi...I got one of my euphoniums through him. Did Mid-South Music move out of Memphis??

    I just used a mid-size concert hall that came with SIR. When I went from WAV to MP3, I EQ'ed it in Audacity using the RIAA preset. That's how I remember my old vinyl recording of Holst with Fred Fennell and the Eastman Wind Ensemble.
    I had a blast doing this; it's a great learning experience for this old dog who's trying to learn new tricks
    Again, thanx!
    Jim
    Jim Williams
    Professor of Capitalism
    N9EJR
    Indianapolis Brass Choir
    All Your Bass Sus&Short Are Belong to Us.

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    Jim,

    I remember the name, Mid-South Music, but never shopped there. I'm a guitar player... so I did more shopping at Strings and Things or Yarborough's. I'll have to look it up. If they carry full scores, maybe I can get a discount from them!!!! Ah, the student life of scrounging for discounts! LOL

    Once again, I really liked the piece. I was familiar with The Planets, but this was something new for me! I'll have to try and find more of his stuff.

    Later,
    Paul

    Prowland the posting Ninja

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    Snorlax,

    You certainly did hose Holst - with a most dignified rendition. The brass work is just grand.

    It must of been difficult for you to substitute the noble Euphonium with a meager horn. For you to do that was a supreme act of sacrifice and courage. This act has spurred us on to get the Marching Band library to you as soon as we can.

    Thanks Jim for posting this incredible work.

    Gary Garritan

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    Re: Snorlax Hoses Holst

    Quote Originally Posted by Prowland
    Jim,

    I remember the name, Mid-South Music, but never shopped there. I'm a guitar player... so I did more shopping at Strings and Things or Yarborough's. I'll have to look it up. If they carry full scores, maybe I can get a discount from them!!!! Ah, the student life of scrounging for discounts! LOL

    Once again, I really liked the piece. I was familiar with The Planets, but this was something new for me! I'll have to try and find more of his stuff.

    Later,
    Paul,
    Both Holst Suites for Band are CLASSICS for wind ensemble. When time permits, I will finish the other 3 movements of this suite and get to the one in Eb. Both are full of great folktunes.
    Holst recycles a lot of his material...the finale of this suite came near-verbatim from a piece he wrote for string orchestra.
    Holst is the euphonium player's friend--MARS in The Planets has a huge euphonium (tenor tuba) solo and Jupiter has a great part as well. The two band suites also have great euph parts.
    You a composition major??
    Jim
    Jim Williams
    Professor of Capitalism
    N9EJR
    Indianapolis Brass Choir
    All Your Bass Sus&Short Are Belong to Us.

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    Jim,

    Yes, sir! A 34 year old composition major!! Suffice to say this will be a career change for me. LOL I'm going all out, since I'm not married and no kids, I'll be living in a dorm like all the other freshman. I'm hoping that the "chicks" don't run away in horror from the dirty old man! LOL Actually, the only students to make me feel old are the other freshmen. Good Lord, was I ever that young? LOL The rest of the student body makes me feel like a normal student... with more life experience than most. It is a little daunting going to school at my age, but the end result will be worth it all. I think that the waiting has been the hardest part... to much time to think about how easy it would be to get another job in my old career (casino gaming), and forget the college dream. Well, here I am 2 weeks away from starting school! My determination won out over my fears. There's a message in there somewhere... LOL
    Paul

    Prowland the posting Ninja

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    Re: Snorlax Hoses Holst

    Quote Originally Posted by Garritan
    Snorlax,

    You certainly did hose Holst - with a most dignified rendition. The brass work is just grand.

    It must of been difficult for you to substitute the noble Euphonium with a meager horn. For you to do that was a supreme act of sacrifice and courage. This act has spurred us on to get the Marching Band library to you as soon as we can.

    Thanks Jim for posting this incredible work.

    Gary Garritan
    You are indeed kind, Gary...it was big fun to put this together--given my constraints, I am getting consistently better at working with the libraries. I am, of course, always open to suggestions and willing to send the WAV file to anyone who wants it for real mixing & processing.
    Yes, I had to grit my teeth when using the horn in place of the euph. If I had better equipment, I would have played it in myself .
    All I got to say is: The mere prospect of euphonium samples in GMACB has me all atwitter...I trust that they will reflect the true glory and nobility of the instruments.

    Jim
    Jim Williams
    Professor of Capitalism
    N9EJR
    Indianapolis Brass Choir
    All Your Bass Sus&Short Are Belong to Us.

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    Re: Snorlax Hoses Holst

    Quote Originally Posted by Prowland
    Jim,

    Yes, sir! A 34 year old composition major!! Suffice to say this will be a career change for me. LOL I'm going all out, since I'm not married and no kids, I'll be living in a dorm like all the other freshman. I'm hoping that the "chicks" don't run away in horror from the dirty old man! LOL Actually, the only students to make me feel old are the other freshmen. Good Lord, was I ever that young? LOL The rest of the student body makes me feel like a normal student... with more life experience than most. It is a little daunting going to school at my age, but the end result will be worth it all. I think that the waiting has been the hardest part... to much time to think about how easy it would be to get another job in my old career (casino gaming), and forget the college dream. Well, here I am 2 weeks away from starting school! My determination won out over my fears. There's a message in there somewhere... LOL
    Man, GO FOR IT!! Most people just talk about it, you're DOING IT!!
    Keep us all posted as you go through. Make sure the young coeds appreciate your worldly experience and wisdom...
    Where are you going?
    Jim Williams
    Professor of Capitalism
    N9EJR
    Indianapolis Brass Choir
    All Your Bass Sus&Short Are Belong to Us.

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    Beautiful, just beautiful. We just played this at a local outdoor mall and it is my favorite of the Holst's Suites. This Movement by far is excellent. Great clarinet phrasing in the middle section! No hosing around here, you got it right (write!) I played the trumpet solo - sure wish I could play it like your rendition!

    Thanks for sharing!

    PS - Yep, it is the euphonium played by the desert camel that makes the piece, though!

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