Yo, ya'll -
I have been re-doing a lot of the stuff that I first worked on after I obtained the CMB and JBB libraries. I was so enamored with the vast array of instruments available that I wanted to "use them all". So I did (including the proverbial "kitchen sink"). I decided as a practical matter to re-arrange these pieces for a more traditional concert band.
I thought that while I was at it, for the pieces that were not already part of the orchestral "library", I would make an orchestral arrangement of them.
A couple of months ago I posted the Rachmaninov Prelude in c# minor for 'exotic' concert band. Since most of you prefer my orchestral arrangements over my band arrangements (from recent posts), I figured it might be worthwhile to get your opinions about the Rachi Prelude arranged for orchestra.
With the obvious exceptions (the really loud parts), it is a complete re-work of the piece. Since the ending of the Bach Adagio (with the solo string quintet at pp) was a disaster, I decided to try the concept again with the solo string instruments that I auditioned and chose from the GPO library as a much better selection than the traditional "Solo" solo instruments. They work pretty well in the mp passage near the beginning, and they don't sound as "organ"-like and hideous at the end (pp) like the ones at the end of the Bach Adagio.
So, with that in mind, I would appreciate comments (on the above observation, and, for anything else).
Nice job on this once again, Frank; astute and
On the sound, I've only worked a little with
JABB (mostly I use the trumpet out of it for
orchestral solo work)... and CMB I've barely
touched. But as a very general comment,
I think I might look at the overall dynamic
range (distance between softest and loudest,
that is); as the softest parts perhaps seem
a little lower than one might wish. Reverb
-- my own chronic Achilles heel -- could
perhaps be a bit fuller, too, as it seems some-
what dry to me in places.
Minor technicals aside, I think you did a heck
of a job adapting this... admirable work!