I've not been writing for a long time and not posted anything here for 2 years or so. I have now written a new piece for cello and piano and though I'd share it with you all. Please take a listen to 'Losing Wisdom' and let me know what you all think.
If any of you out there are cellists and wish to have a go at recording the part I'd love to hear from you as I wrote the piece for a friends birthday and her upcoming audition for the Royal Ballet and would love to hand her a 'live' copy rather than the version I have as I'm not the best at using GPO.
2nd Arrangement (also posted later in this thread so apologies to the forum for making that mistake)
Hello, Dave - And welcome back to The Listening Room!
"Losing Wisdom" is a beautiful piece of music. Extremely effective duet for your two instruments. Romantic Minimalism perhaps?
Intriguing title too. I'd like to know how that came about.
Your friend is very fortunate to have this for her upcoming Royal Ballet audition - And the recording you have here will certainly more than suffice. You say you don't feel very competent with GPO--but I don't hear a deficiency.
A touch of reverb, especially on the Cello would be an engineering improvement.
Have you heard pieces done with the Garritan Gofriller Cello? It's extremely expressive and natural sounding. You asked if a Cellist may want to lend a hand playing this in a live recording, but it's even more likely a Gofriller owner/user would be able to render this in an equally satisfying way.
BUT I feel you should be able to hand your friend This version without apologies.
One more question - Why haven't you been writing music for a long while? You obviously have music in your soul. I hope you're able to find more time for music in the near future.
Losing Wisdom? Strange title for such a beautiful piece that demands a real cello (or Gofriller as Randy said). More reverb? I don't think so. The whole setup is as if it is played in a living room. I played the cello myself and it really fits that small ambience. I suggest to give the piano more dynamics, in other words that repeating theme sometimes softer and sometimes with different accents (staccato, legato, some tenuto on notes). It gives you another dimension, certainly when the cello is playing softer and smoother (when you use that longer melody line for the cello).
Give it some gentle touch of a love song. And if you can change that right hand theme to the left hand on occasions (as if you play it crossed hands).
You did a nice job here...... for an audition of Royal Ballet? Some more rhythm is necessary, some accents to focus on. You can do that together with the change in dynamics as said above.....
This is a beautiful piece dave. A gofriller would really add to this, but what the heck, one can only spend so much on software. That is not to take away from the great sound of this composition. Very nice.
Thank you all for such wonderful responses. The piano part took the time to record with me playing it over and over but the cello part I recorded 'live'. I like the way the piece sounds but as you all agree, as do I, the cello part loses a little of its beauty, for me its the most stunning sounding of all the instruments and feel that I can't do it justice hence the calling of a Cellist to take hold of it and give it some life.
I am going to spend the day working on it again and taking in all your advice.
The reason I've been away for so long is fighting a few problems that life likes to throw at us every now and then, but now I have my new digtal piano expect to hear more from me.
Take care everyone and I'll keep you updated as and when I finish re-arranging this piece.
Beautiful piece. I agree with David – to my ears the cello needs to drop out on occasion. It will make the piece "breath" more. Think of it as a singer - you don't want the voice in 100% of the time, do you? The cello is somebody singing with their instrument.