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    Another Silent Night

    Dan Powers's is a fabulous setting of this carol. Go and listen. Now.
    Still here? Here's my version - a smaller, chamber setting. Thought maybe it would get us doing our holiday shopping early...

    Enjoy!


    http://mysite.verizon.net/vze1l1e9/s...ilentNight.mp3

    R. Pearl

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    Hi rpearl, interesting arrangement. The only thing missing was more emotion in the performance, I imagine that this would sound great when played by live musicians.

    Btw. Never downplay your compositions/arrangements or your playing! And that's a message to all of us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by falcon1
    Btw. Never downplay your compositions/arrangements or your playing! And that's a message to all of us.
    Yup! Quite right! There are lots of people out there just desperate to do it for you!!

    wbw

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    An interesting, modern arrangement of this, Ron.
    Something in this really hit the mark, with me;
    certainly the writing in it... there's a distinctive
    reflexive quality about it -- almost in the grammatical
    sense of subject and object being mutually referent.

    While I'd agree more human treatment (more work
    with dynamics and tempi, perhaps) would benefit
    the piece, for its thoughtful gentility and sensitive
    interpretation -- to my ears, it's one of the finest
    treatments of this material I've heard.

    My best,


    David
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    Re: Another Silent Night

    NOT just another Silent Night, Ron. I listened to this at first and thought what a sweet rendition and as it continued on I was swept away by this thoughtful and beautiful "retelling" of this piece. While, yes, like other have stated, a little more work on the dynamics, will make it perfect, I still got chills listening to it (good chills). This is a testament to your writing.

    Thanks for sharing this with us.

    - Michael
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    - Michael Fortunato

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfortunato
    NOT just another Silent Night, Ron.
    I'll go with that, too.

    Came back for another hearing on this, Ron;
    for a quiet piece, this has really impressed
    me -- with its elegance and depth and the
    perfection with which it captures the essence
    of its subject... there's far more here than
    a first hearing admits.

    David
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    Interesting arrangement, especially the beginning is very unique.

    Here is my version

    http://homepage2.nifty.com/yamamoto_jun/silent.mp3
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    Re: Another Silent Night

    Thanks to all for listening!

    Falcon - you are right about both the sequencing and the reticence to post. Gotta work on both...As Barrie B pointed out, there are aoways people who are happy to criticize you - although here the comments are always constructive.

    David - I'm glad you liked the setting. It was originally part of a medley that was scored for guitar ensemble ( it included "Hannukah, O Hannukah" and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" - which were then combined, ecumenically so to speak, before "Silent Night" arrives.) I've always been fond of this piece. our comments are much appreciated.

    Michael - thank you. I'm so glad you find it expressive.

    Yun - what can I say? Your version shows how wide ranging our interpretations can be, and yet still be faithful to the original spirit!

    Thaks guys!

    Now, get shopping...

    Ron

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