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    Innisfree - Choral

    I've been away from the board for a few weeks - holidays, family visits, the spring semester starting - it's kept me from listening as much as I would like, and from responding to other posts. I hope that will change over the next few weeks.

    This piece is a choral setting of the W. B. Yeats poem "The Lake Isle of Innisfree". It uses the Sibelius/Garritan Choral library. I'm still learning how to use/control it,but in the mean time I thought I'd post this and get the collective thoughts/advice/reactions.

    If anyone is interested in the score, I'd be happy to send it along as a pdf.

    As always, I appreciate your input.

    Innisfree:

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    Re: Innisfree - Choral

    What a gorgeous setting of this, Ron. The harmony in
    it, the use of line, the flow... a goldenly beautiful setting
    of this beloved Yeats classic.

    For sake of those unfamiliar with the text, I hope you
    will not mind if I post it here, below.

    My best,


    David


    THE LAKE ISLE OF INNISFREE
    By William Butler Yeats

    I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
    And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
    Nine bean rows will I have there, a hive for the honeybee,
    And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

    And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
    Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
    There midnight's all a-glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
    And evening full of the linnet's wings.

    I will arise and go now, for always night and day
    I hear the water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
    While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements gray,
    I hear it in the deep heart's core.


    .

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    Re: Innisfree - Choral

    Ron

    Enjoying the snow?
    It's almost all gone here, but we had about 4-5 inches for an hour or so.

    I have tried the choral stuff in sib but never got this far. A beautiful job you have done. It sounds like they are doing more than just ahs. Sounds like some ee's and some oohs in there or is that just my imagination?

    Very well done


    Ron

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    I read the Lake Isle of Innisfree while listening. Although the isle looks like a green hippo, from certain vantage points, this island landscape was in the mind of Yeats.

    Mentally I was removing the "artificials" to hear actual voices. I could hear Barber and Rachmaninoff within. To me, you caught the essence of one of his greatest poems, notably the second stanza.

    And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
    Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
    There midnight's all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
    And evening full of the linnet's wings
    Very pleasant and soothing.

    Martin
    "Among God's creatures two, the dog and the guitar, have taken all the sizes and all the shapes, in order not to be separated from the man." - Andre Segovia

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    Re: Innisfree - Choral

    It was very lovely. I just takes you away.

    Yeat's words were a nice accompaniment.

    It makes me want to sing in a choir. I could if I wanted to but....



    Phil

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    Hi, Ron - Great to have you back with some music for us.

    Oh yes, this is wonderful. I really admire the vocal scoring you did for this. I'm sure you'd be thrilled to hear a choir performing this - Hopefully you will.

    So fitting to the text, and a good use of the choir samples. Wouldn't be great if those could be Legatoized like other Garritan instruments? It's the constant attack which is the most disruptive element to me.

    Beautiful job--Thanks for letting us hear.

    Randy B.

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    Re: Innisfree - Choral

    I came across this delightful piece after being unable to sleep at 1 AM. The smoothly floating lyrical lines caught my attention immediately and sent me to your web page where I listened to several selections. The carefully controlled dissonance and subtle nuances of tonal color are spectacular and translate very well in your instrumental and choral pieces alike.

    Your style and technique are gems in an all too often chaotic musical world. Thank you for sharing.

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    Re: Innisfree - Choral

    You wrote, "If anyone is interested in the score, I'd be happy to send it along as a pdf. "

    I would very much like to see the score.

    Tom

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    Hi Ron,

    You have created a heavenly atmosphere!
    To me it reminds gregorian chant which has been brought by you into our century.
    It is like a calming prayer, soothing and ethereal.
    I hope you will soon control perfectly this library and bring it to the level it deserves to be.
    Thank you for sharing with us this piece and peace of heaven!

    Yudit

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    Simply beautiful. Very calming--Gregorian sounding with some more modern chords--a few parts have movie-ish almost pop-ish chords. Liked the moves between major and minor

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