BUMPED by me on 04-19-09 ...holding head down
Typically, this is a vocal arrangement for a choir of men and women by Randal Thompson.
I decided to make my own arrangement for string quartet and string orchestra based around the arrangement for men. I picked out the parts from a barbershop chorus recording and played them into Digital Performer.
I used GOS (Garritan Orchestral Strings) for the string section sound,
and augmented that with the Stradivari Solo Violin, the Garritan Gofriller solo cello and a solo viola from GPO. Interestingly, the string basses only play during the last two notes, cellos don't go THAT low . My favorite part is the last two chords AHHH MENNNNNN, can you hear the seven notes???
Altiverb is Konzerthaus Vienna Large Hall.
The entire piece has only one word, Alleluia. The word Alleluia is woven between the various parts and the melody is constantly changing making for a very fun thing to mix. The last two notes have a second lyric... AMEN.
My arrangement is mostly four part harmony, but when seven or more notes are needed to create the color, the string orchestra takes over.
It was fun arranging the parts between quartet and the string orchestra.
This is not nearly as good as 50-60 real string players, and I know that Even though I did attempt to make it as real as humanly possible in a few days, I decided to say "it's done". As always, there is room for improvement, but I am content to leave it as it is. Originally this was going to be my selection on the Garritan Christmas CD but I want to do something within four minutes, and something more upbeat for Christmas, I'm still not sure what.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed putting it together.