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    Back from the Holiday Flurries!

    Hi everyone, Happy New year, and hope everyone enjoyed the holidays!

    I spent alot of time cleaning up scores and music, so my offerings here are mostly "upgraded" versions of previously posted pieces, except for the last two. Special thanks to Danny Williams (DDW), Dave Sosnowski (etLux) and Matt Phillips for musical, technical and score prep advice...

    I've also set up a Lulu storefront on Dave's advice and the scores there (all the ones that go with the pieces below), at least for the time being can be previewed in their entirety if anyone wishes to read while listening... it is at: http://stores.lulu.com/store.php?fAcctID=1369612

    Scherzo 1 - The Trickster : http://soundclick.com/share?songid=5996418

    The four movements of Voices in the Wilderness:
    http://soundclick.com/share?songid=5951302
    http://soundclick.com/share?songid=5930252
    http://soundclick.com/share?songid=5860493
    http://soundclick.com/share?songid=5837467

    Two Christmas Pieces for Chorus and Organ: (these are new)
    http://soundclick.com/share?songid=6084409
    http://soundclick.com/share?songid=6084417

    As always, any comments welcome, and thanks for listening....
    Karen
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    Re: Back from the Holiday Flurries!

    I checked out the first christmas piece.

    It does sounds like nice cathedral christmas music with the pipes and choir.

    It was well done.

    The voices get stretched a little sometimes but that is the limitation of the samples and the complexity of the human voice.



    Phil

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    Re: Back from the Holiday Flurries!

    Hi thanks for listening, Phil. Yes, the voices are not the highest quality samples -- for choruses I have been using Smartsynth sounds because they have less of that "attack" quality than (i think) in the current Garritan sounds -- I use GPO as a rule, but in a few exceptional cases, like chorus or instruments that are not in GPO, use Smartsynth which also came with Finale. Which is why I am looking forward so much to the Garritan choral libraries when they come out!!!! I'll be in choral heaven!

    Thanks again.
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    Hi Karen!

    I agree with Phil. With the exception of the limitations of those samples it's sounds great, and excellent for the Holidays, but even with those samples the ending sounded very great. I guess in that range the smartsynth voices are very good.

    I think it would sound pretty cool rendered with Brass doing the choral parts... until you get the new voices with GPOA. that is.

    What does Hodie Hodie mean? Is it in some language other than English?

    David

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    Re: Back from the Holiday Flurries!

    Karen:
    Good news: I just listened to "The Trickster" and found it to be a masterful piece, very imaginative with superb scoring. But then, I expect no less from you. There are some unexpected twists and turns that once you have heard them, you realize that they are exactly what was needed at that time.

    Bad news: My bunch of little ol' Alabama rednecks beat your Colorado Buffalo necks last night. (Yawn!)

    Beautiful writing!

    sos

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    Re: Back from the Holiday Flurries!

    Quote Originally Posted by Leaf
    Hi Karen!

    I agree with Phil. With the exception of the limitations of those samples it's sounds great, and excellent for the Holidays, but even with those samples the ending sounded very great. I guess in that range the smartsynth voices are very good.

    I think it would sound pretty cool rendered with Brass doing the choral parts... until you get the new voices with GPOA. that is.

    What does Hodie Hodie mean? Is it in some language other than English?

    David
    Thank you David, so very much, for listening, especially with so much going on in your life right now. I am not sure of the exact meaning of Hodie, but from context, I think it means something like "Hail!" or is a joyous greeting. I will try to find out more.... No, I was wrong -- it appears to mean "today or this day". Really, I ought to have known that, from "Dies Irae" meaning Days of (anger or judgement I think).

    the smartsynth voices do not distinguish between sop, alot, tenor, and bass -- the are just a "chorus" sample and so some places where the alto (for example) goes into tenor range, the voices sound unnatural, as of course alto voices have a different timbre than tenors and so on. But for choral simulations, they are sufficient, especially if one is just looking to give an idea of the sound for potential real human groups to perform, which is the case here.

    The brass -- good idea.... perhaps if someone is interested in an instrumental version i might do that!

    Thanks again, David, and my prayers are with you and your mother.

    karen
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    Re: Back from the Holiday Flurries!

    oh, and Hodie Christus Natus Est is all Latin (which I don't know, except for what I have sung), and means Today Christ is Born.
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    Re: Back from the Holiday Flurries!

    Quote Originally Posted by sosmus
    Karen:
    Good news: I just listened to "The Trickster" and found it to be a masterful piece, very imaginative with superb scoring. But then, I expect no less from you. There are some unexpected twists and turns that once you have heard them, you realize that they are exactly what was needed at that time.

    Bad news: My bunch of little ol' Alabama rednecks beat your Colorado Buffalo necks last night. (Yawn!)

    Beautiful writing!

    sos
    Steve, it's always a pleasure and honor to hear from you. Happy New Year, too!

    thank you for your feedback on the Trickster -- it has benefitted from critique from a number of forum members, so you are hearing the finished product. I am glad to hear it sounds good to you, because I'm going to send it to a local chamber orchestra's conductor, and I'm a bit nervous. (not so much now, though).

    As far as the bad news -- um, are those football teams??? I don't follow sports much, I am afraid. Also, I'm originally from Massachusetts, so even if I were a [whatever sport] fan, I would most likely be rooting for a team from there. Did I just embarrass myself beyond all repair? In any case, glad to hear your team won.

    All my best,
    Karen
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    Re: Back from the Holiday Flurries!

    Karen - listened to your Trickster again and I've probably said this before but I still admire your sense of the orchestra and how you make it all come together. Something I struggle with. A feat of multitasking!

    All the best for the New Year!
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    Instantly recognizable as KE Peace. As ever, very enjoyable listen.

    I sure hope you get to have some of your orchestral work performed. I'd love to hear a live recording of it.

    I'd be interested to know if anything comes of Lulu as well.

    Thanks for sharing this!
    Owen

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