So can you tell I'm working on my Xmas album? Here is my arrangement of Away in a Manger. I'm not quite finished because I want to add a little more percussion on the end. This recording has some popping, so I apologize. I am having trouble setting my buffer size correctly. I'm concerned it sounds a little stiff and doesn't flow as well as I would like. Any comments are appreciated.
The arrangement is very solid, Paula, and beautifully done.
I think what you're talking about ("stiff") is simply a matter
of more attention to performance aspects... a little more
variation and flexibility in tempi, a bit more finessing of
dynamics, and so on.
I love your fresh approach to an old tune. All new and fun - sounds like simple gifts. This is a nice and listenable work. I agree with etlux, a little more flexible tempo and dynmaics would loosen this baby up nicely.
Great arrangement, what wonderful woodwinds! I love the way you made them sound, very nice balance among them. I love the delightful change in rhythm around 2:40. There was an excellent variety of orchestration, but it remained bright and elegant. Great work, I of course look forward to the album as well!