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    a bit of musical silliness

    I prepared this for some students of mine...
    brownie points to whoever identifies the two themes used.


    all GPO, in Finale 2008.
    HP on "standard"

    Cor Anglais solo 1
    Harp KS 1
    Violins 1 and 2 KS (section)
    Violas KS (section)
    Cellos KS (section)
    Basses KS (section)

    I think I prefer the slightly more mellow Cor Anglais solo KS 2.. but anyways, this recording was done with the solo 1.

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    Re: a bit of musical silliness

    qccowboy -

    Two themes, you say? I'm pretty sure I nailed one of the things you are doing on the first hearing. I won't say what so that other people can have fun trying to figure it out. But even with repeated listening, I can't figure out what the other 'theme' is.

    Otherwise, nice job with the orchestration/mock-up.

    Did your students figure it out?

    - k
    "An artist is someone who produces things that people don't need to have, but that he - for some reason - thinks it would be a good idea to give them."

    - Andy Warhol

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    Re: a bit of musical silliness

    hehehe yes, they did... even finding the other "camouflaged" theme (it's in the lower instruments later on).

    my original hints to my students were:

    theme 1
    violin - up bow - down bow - up bow - tremolo.

    theme 2
    mammalian locomotion

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    Re: a bit of musical silliness

    Creepy yet fun! Sounds like ghosts playing tag.

    Samples with more pronounced attack would fit the fast part better IMO but the overall orchestration is excellent.

    Cheers Matt

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    Re: a bit of musical silliness

    Some beautifully created music and wonderfully orchestrated, it sounds almost "magical". I don't know what themes you used, although the CA theme reminds me of Liebesträume, is it by Schubert, I'm not so sure anymore....... but then the delicate orchestrations sound almost Debussian....

    Thank you.
    Kind Regards

    Louis Dekker
    My Music Site

    Pour être grand, il faut avoir été petit.

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    Re: a bit of musical silliness

    heehee, well, thank-you.
    I was aiming at some impressionistic harmony in parts.

    no, it's nothing quite as pretty as that... it's rather... urr... "popularly vulgar" might be a term?

    just imagine the arm positions to the violin riddle...
    that's what it's all about.

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    Re: a bit of musical silliness


    Excellent orchestration and mixing. Really loved your use
    of the harp and strings. Just a great composition.

    BRAVO, Michel

    Jack Cannon--MacBook Pro (2015, 13") GPO4/5, JABB3, Auth. STEINWAY, YAMAHA CFX, Gofriller CELLO, Stradivari VIOLIN, COMB2, WORLD, HARPS, PIPE ORGANS, FINALE 25.5, DORICO 1.2.10, Mac Pro 2.66 GHz CPU, 8 GB RAM, DP 9.51, MOTU Traveler, MOTU Micro Express, MacBook Pro (2012, 13") 2.2 Ghz CPU, 8 GB RAM.

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    Re: a bit of musical silliness

    well, it seems no one is catching on to the musical joke...
    it's basically an arrangement of Hokey Pokey Dance and The Bunny Hop.

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    Re: a bit of musical silliness

    Darn, and here I was guessing at Variations on Cor Anglais!

    Cool stuff!!!


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    Re: a bit of musical silliness

    What a gas ... I have these visions of Ravel or Debussy doing the Hokey Pokey ... great anachronism.


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