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    Byrd - Carmans Whistle - Sax Quartet using CMB

    The "Carmans Whistle" is a popular tune by William Byrd, originally a part of the "My Ladye Nevell's Booke, No. 34" music composed for the virginal. The title has an interesting origin in that the cart drivers of the day were known as "car men" and they apparently had developed whistling into quite the art form.

    Here the work is set of SATB saxophone quartet using the CMB library.

    www.garybricault.com/mp3/ByrdCarmansWhistleSaxQuartet.mp3

    And as a comparison here it is as a clarinet quartet using the CMB Bb clarinet solo sections and the Bb bass clarinet.

    www.garybricault.com/mp3/ByrdCarmansWhistleClarinetQuartet.mp3

    Enjoy!!!!

    Gary

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    Re: Byrd - Carman's Whistle - Sax Quartet using CMB

    Gary, Nice work on this piece! I think I enjoyed the clarinet rendition the most, something about the higher register evidently. One aspect I noticed on my setup at least, was that the fades seemed to go a bit too low in volume. I listened where the peak volumes were tolerable and there seemed to be almost a drop out at times when the levels went down. Might be my system though. Thanks for dusting off the " olde musick"! John

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    Re: Byrd - Carman's Whistle - Sax Quartet using CMB

    Quote Originally Posted by bigears View Post
    Gary, Nice work on this piece! I think I enjoyed the clarinet rendition the most, something about the higher register evidently. One aspect I noticed on my setup at least, was that the fades seemed to go a bit too low in volume. I listened where the peak volumes were tolerable and there seemed to be almost a drop out at times when the levels went down. Might be my system though. Thanks for dusting off the " olde musick"! John
    Hi John,

    I am glad that you enjoyed the piece. The saxophones I find are especially sensitive to the dynamic changes. So I many have to modfy the higher dynamics to minimize this. But it is a challanging piece to perform as you can hear.

    Gary

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    Re: Byrd - Carman's Whistle - Sax Quartet using CMB

    One of the rare occasions where I like ancient music. This sounds great, though some volume levels need another setting. Nice work.

    Raymond

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    Re: Byrd - Carman's Whistle - Sax Quartet using CMB

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymond62 View Post
    One of the rare occasions where I like ancient music. This sounds great, though some volume levels need another setting. Nice work.

    Raymond
    Hi Raymond, I am glad that you enjoyed the work. It is much lighter than much ancient music. I am going to tune the upper dynamics down a little. The markings probably work best for keyboard. The saxophones are especially sensitive to the dynamic changes.

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    Re: Byrd - Carman's Whistle - Sax Quartet using CMB

    An interesting history to this, Gary -- I enjoy background
    like this a great deal.

    An excellent adaptation from the original virginal, I must say.
    Very well done! That it preserves the original flavor so well
    I would not have expected.

    My best,



    David
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    Re: Byrd - Carman's Whistle - Sax Quartet using CMB

    Quote Originally Posted by etLux View Post
    An interesting history to this, Gary -- I enjoy background
    like this a great deal.

    An excellent adaptation from the original virginal, I must say.
    Very well done! That it preserves the original flavor so well
    I would not have expected.

    My best,

    David
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    Thanks for your comments David. It is very apparent that there are more than one way to set this music. The woodwind sound is a perfact match for this piece. I plan to set more Byrd to winds as I find it.

    Gary

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