I composed this in 2005 and orchestrated it sometime in Spring of 2006. When I got more RAM and was able to improve the quality of the CPU I noticed that string volumes and aspects of phrasing are altered. Moreover, I moved house and noticed that the acoustics of the room and the position of the computer can also change the sound quite drastically - and the alterations really bothered me and I withdrew most of my stuff for a while. Since I first started using garritan back in 2004 I have learnt a lot - especially about coupling instruments and ends of phrases (overlaps are SO important!). Dynamics and balance between instruments are a continuing problem as is phrasing - its just a question of trial and error - even after lots of practice! I use Sibelius 3 with GPO where each dynamic has to be done individually. I have toyed with the idea of upgrading to Sibelius 5 but the thought of starting from scratch again fills me with dread!
After a rest of some months I have re-edited the first movement of this concerto with all this in mind and am reasonably happy with it . . . . for the moment at least
You have created a wonderful, delicate and original composition!
It has a reflective mood, enchanting themes and interesting turning points. Orchestration is also rich with details and change of instruments.
I hope you will continue the project!
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Enjoyed this very much Stephen. A good combination of strong, assured writing mixed with tender and sensitive lyricsm. I can appreciate the effort that has gone into this in terms of rendering and attaining perfection. Thanks for sharing and please let us hear more.