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    Forgiven-A Mini Opera Demo

    There is an old swedish saying that when you fall in love your brains fly out the window.

    This is a demo of a mini opera or musical skit where I'm substituting human voices with instruments. The GPO steinway is used on most of this and I used instruments from Philharmonic because of the large amount rewriting needed and realism was not an issue. The choir is also Philharmonic.

    Forgiven

    The woman: Violin
    The man: Viola
    Female voice: Oboe
    Male voice: Tuba


    http://www.box.net/shared/gkcc5ikk1h


    Piano intro.


    Scene 1.

    A man and a woman are arguing. The woman slaps the mans face and begins to cry. The man walks off looking sad.

    A woman fell in love
    with a man who said his love was true [female voice with chorus]
    and he would cherish her forever
    But she was only being kept
    for he cared not where he slept
    He broke her heart
    and now she sings this song

    Where, where went all the love [the woman repeated twice]
    the love that broke my heart
    and left me crying
    When, when will I find love
    love to fill my heart
    and I'm smiling
    Yes, I know that I should be strong
    Please, please love come again
    I feel so all alone

    How could I not see what I have done [the man with woman on repeat]
    is what I never wanted
    Will our love be washed away
    with the tears that flow from your heart
    Without you there will be no joy
    No one to touch and whisper to in the night
    Please , please love come again
    I feel so all alone


    Scene 2.

    The man attempts to caress the woman but is rejected. The man falls to his knees and begins to weep. The woman then lifts him up into her bosom and they caress each other smiling.

    And here they are [female voice and chorus]
    so close, yet so far apart
    She makes the choice to forgive
    She takes him back into her heart [male voice chimes in]

    Now, now I'm in your arms [man and woman with chorus]
    your warmth caresses my soul
    and makes me happy
    Joy, joy in what we have
    until our journey ends
    And forever
    We will live our lives
    with each other in our hearts
    Love, love has come again
    we'll never be alone
    Love, love has come again
    It sings a lovely song

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    A true romantic master!
    A professional heartstring tugger!
    Not just beautiful but very effective and memorable melodies.

    I would like to hear the piano vary it's part a bit more but maybe that would over complicate something that should remain simple and clear.

    Great work!

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    Phil

    I saw this today while I was at school and can't stream anything but made a mental note to listen to it tonight. Well since I am mental, I almost missed it, but out of the corner of my eye it popped up and I am listening to it now for the second time.

    I am always happy when choral pieces are presented with out the voices ruining them. But this seems like I might be able to handle the human voice in it.

    Where and how did you come up with those lyrics?

    I guess to be an Opera it does have to be, dare I say it, please do not be offended, sappy. Well the fat lady needs love too.

    Opera just isn't my bag

    Nice piece though

    Ron
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    Phil:

    I think keeping track of the the different voices via instruments
    is kind of a mental exercise that takes a lot of concentration and
    detracted from my listening, but let me say this.......I would love
    to hear this performed as originally written with the real voices, etc.

    Operatic scenes are difficult to write because you have both the
    acting and the musical playing with which to contend; however, I
    felt that you succeeded in relaying the message contained in the
    scenes.

    Great job Phil, and keep writing in the opera genre if that is what you
    like to do best. This may not be your first attempt, but it is a worthwhile
    genesis.

    Bring us some more. My operatic background is very lacking.

    Jack
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    What a charming romantic vignette, Phil! As Michael
    says, calculated to tug the heart strings, indeed...
    strikes me as something along the lines of the art
    songs popular in the late 1800's and early 1900's.

    Very well done, my friend.

    My best,



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    Re: Forgiven-A Mini Opera Demo

    A true romantic master!
    A professional heartstring tugger!
    Not just beautiful but very effective and memorable melodies.
    I'm pleased you liked it Michael. I respect your opinion. This is my first attempt at something like this. I'm going to present it to our choir director who is or was involved in the opera and hopefully I can get it performed and a recording made of some sort.

    Actually, I have written for his voice and the lady of his choice.


    I would like to hear the piano vary it's part a bit more but maybe that would over complicate something that should remain simple and clear.
    Yes, I agree the piano is pretty simple but I kept it like that for demo purposes.

    Thanks again

    Phil

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    Hey Ron,

    Where and how did you come up with those lyrics?
    I'll tell you it wasn't easy. I have always struggled with lyrics but I can come up with a "sappy" poem for a girl friend so here I went with my strengths. Still there was a heck of a lot of phrases that ended up in the shredder. Mostly warn out cliches or awkward ideas.

    Some of narration lyrics contain a bit of sarcasm if you noticed.

    Opera just isn't my bag

    Nice piece though
    Well, I've kept it short and sweet for folks like you.

    Thanks for commenting.


    Phil

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    Jack,

    I think keeping track of the the different voices via instruments
    is kind of a mental exercise that takes a lot of concentration and
    detracted from my listening, but let me say this.......I would love
    to hear this performed as originally written with the real voices, etc.
    Yes, I'm going to work on that. I'll probably need to come up with sheet music if I get past the first hurdle. My sequencer has a notation feature but it's pretty basic. It might be a good idea to invest in Sibelius.

    Operatic scenes are difficult to write because you have both the
    acting and the musical playing with which to contend; however, I
    felt that you succeeded in relaying the message contained in the
    scenes.
    This is good to know. I was hoping I had it fairly well timed.

    Great job Phil, and keep writing in the opera genre if that is what you
    like to do best. This may not be your first attempt, but it is a worthwhile
    genesis.
    Yeah, this is my first crack at the genre. I think it probably works well with the sort of lyrics I can come up with so maybe this is something worth pursuing.


    Thanks a lot for the good words and encouragement.


    Phil

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    David,

    What a charming romantic vignette, Phil! As Michael
    says, calculated to tug the heart strings, indeed...
    strikes me as something along the lines of the art
    songs popular in the late 1800's and early 1900's
    Glad you enjoyed it. It's definitely a chick flick isn't it. I agree about the style being reminiscent of that time period although I tossed in a few phrases that are more modern.

    I have an idea to create more of these with different themes to be presented as one work. It could cater to the three minute song listener.

    Again, as always, thanks for the kind and knowledgeable comments.


    Phil

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    Quote Originally Posted by fastlane View Post
    There is an old swedish saying that when you fall in love your brains fly out the window.
    There is? Well we also say "gôtt mos" (eng: good mash) when something is good, and "det är inte mycket att hänga i julgranen" (eng: that's not much to hang in the christmas tree) when something is bad..
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