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    Silent Night - GPO Steinway

    Silent Night, 3:30, 6.4Mb

    Title...............Silent Night
    Genre.............Christmas - Gospel Piano
    Composer........Darwin Kopp
    Comp date.......September 2007
    Comp time.......about 10 days (!)
    Samples..........GPO Steinway
    Monitors..........Sennheiser HD 580

    Here's this year's Xmas offering. Whenever I hear this melody, I like to imagine it going something like this.

    The form is intro, three times through the melody (each increasingly more elaborate), and a short coda. The final C13 chord gives the slightest hint of Jingle Bells on the #11.

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    Re: Silent Night - GPO Steinway

    All that's missing is Ray Charles - kept waiting for him (and his chorus) to leap in. Nice, very nice!
    Ron Pearl





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    Quote Originally Posted by rpearl
    All that's missing is Ray Charles - kept waiting for him (and his chorus) to leap in. Nice, very nice!
    I was thinking the exact same thing. Very nice arrangement. Silent Night in the French Quarter of Bethlehem. I like the Jingle Bells homage.

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    Great Gospel arranging. I can see the momentum building
    as the Carol unfolds. The rhythmic accompaniment is a
    definite enhancement to the basic triadic harmony of this
    great Carol.

    Very creative work, Darwin.

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    I was waiting for Whoopie Goldberg. I don't know where the rest of you were. Ray Charles...are you serious. It's all about Whoopie in Sister Act. Obviously I'm kidding.

    I love Ray. Don't get me wrong.

    Very nice stuff. I'd like to hear this with some backing instruments. Like a jazz band or something. That'd be Bad A--. And none other than Ben Maisonet (me) playing the written Tuba Solo.
    Yours Truly,
    May the Fourth Be With You

    My demos:

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    Darwin! - It's a first for me, to hear Gospel here in the LR, and I'm loving it--Listened, well had to get up and waltz around to it actually, now I'm listening again and typing--just to say I love it!

    Randy B.

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    Wilton, NH

    Re: Silent Night - GPO Steinway

    A different take on this than I’ve ever heard (don’t get a lot of gospel up in this neck of the woods). I liked this a lot. I'm not 100% fluent in gospel, but from my limited experience this sounds very authentic. I do have to say, though, that the little “Jingle Bells” at the end reminds me a little of something from “Charlie Brown Christmas”.
    Trent P. McDonald

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    Whoopie Goldberg. Ray Charles. Charlie Brown. I was
    waiting for one of these guys to somehow get Hermione
    Gingold in there... rofl.

    Loved it!

    My best,


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    Re: Silent Night - GPO Steinway

    Thanks, everyone, for listening and the thoughtful feedback.

    If anyone one is interested, here's another Xmas tune in the same style that I did last year:

    O Holy Night, 1:59, 2.7Mb

    I'm thinking it would be nice to eventually develop a folio of these and offer them to a publisher. A set of Gospel Christmas arrangements of varied difficulty would be nice to have, both for playing and listening.

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    Re: Silent Night - GPO Steinway

    Darwin, very well done! I like it very much!

    This pianoplaying reminds me of a great gospel- composer and producer who has had his studio in the same house where I have. I often stopped at his door and listend to his wonderful pianoplaying... .


    "Music is the shorthand of emotion." Leo Tolstoy

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