Hi all, I am *almost* done with this -- still tweaking a bum note here, a dynamic there, etc, though. This wouldn't have necessarily been the piece I would have picked to orchestrate, but being one of the last to sign up left only a few choices. I like this carol very much, but it is very simple and that seemed to make it more of a challenge to do something interesting with it.
Dave (etLux), I liked your suggestion on an underlying chromatic treatment with the chant-like melody floating on top, but to be honest, I did not feel my composition skills were quite up to that for something on a deadline. I mean, it's one thing to write something new that is by nature dissonant, chromatic and so on (like In the Womb), but another matter to take a naturally tuneful (and well-known)
melody and do something like that with it -- and do it skillfully. It is however, something I would like to experiment with when I don't have to worry about producing something by a certain time.
This was created solely with Finale with GPO. Special thanks to etLux (Dave) for providing me with recommended Ambience settings -- what a difference! The brass really stands out and packs a punch, and it does sound more like an orchestra in a hall than my previous feeble knob-twiddling produced. THANKS! If anyone wants to know what settings, I can point you to Dave's
post; it was invaluable.
So, here is the almost-finished version:
Any feedback welcome, but especially feedback about the production/sound end of things (not my strongest point), or compositionally if there is anything that felt strange or awkward, ill-formed, to you as a listener.
I am posting this particular piece in part because i referred to it in the recent very long discussion on Mixing room / Listening Room / forum communication topic in General Discussion... it reminded me that silence is sometimes a good thing...
RANDY - More Christmas in July, um, I mean August now. I guess we're doing the 12 days of Christmas here... HEY! That's one I didn't think of!!!!! (Too late)... If I keep this up long enough, sooner or later it will be the right season, too.