EDITED original message - april 29th 2009
This version will be released on CD. I did a very extensive re-rendering, giving the brass more "power", amended the score at some points (in particular part 4, reducing the number of dissonants in the brass section- getting it more in harmony with the strings), reduced that "ugly" sounding downbows over all parts (and again with more attention for part 4). Also found some errors - forgotten keyswitches!!! Oh Boy, there are a lot of them at the string section.
Here and there I added some "drama" to the overall "loudness", also inserted the Tubeleveler64 from Sonar to give it a "tubed warmer sound".
I had a "testrun" in my living room last sunday and my wife enjoyed it, not knowing I composed it. I tricked her a bit by playing first the third symphony of Rachmaninoff (with solo violin!!!!!). So she thought Rachmaninoff composed my work also, but no, it was Raymonanov Robijnsiev.
Please listen and comments on things to improve, things I didn't hear, to avoid making me mistakes.
Good evening friends,
this huge undertaking has finished now. I started 8th of December 2008 with the first notes in Overture and now Tuesday 17th of March 2009 this work came to an end, finally. Getting all parts coherent required the utmost concentration, dedication and imagination.
The various parts are based upon the Book of Revelations, in particular chapters 18, 9, 7 and 8 (U.S.-version). Of course I wrote the music with a lot of "poetic freedom" - e.g. mixing up the order of the verses.
Notes, rendering, errors are mine.
Instruments are all GPO.
piccolo, 2 alto flutes, 2 oboes, 2 Bb clarinets, 1 bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, 2 contra bassoons
4 french horns with their overlays (NOT ag) for brassier sound
4 trumpets (also overlayed)
4 trombones (incl. overlays)
2 tubas - solo (incl. overlays)
Timpani, Bass Drum, Snare Drum, Cymbal, Triangle
Violins 1, violins2, violas, celli, contrabasses with their ag-layer and pizzicato layer
Part 1 - refers to Revelations 18 (destruction of the new Babylon)
Part 2 - refers to Revelations 9 (rumours of war, war, marching troops,..)
Part 3 - refers to Revelations 7, but more as a "Lacrimosa"
Part 4 - refers to Revelations 8, sounds of trumpets, hail, blood, violence but at the end worshipping the Risen Christ with the Gregorian eastern chant (Victimae Pascali Laudes) ending this symphony.
For those who alreayd listened to the first three parts, I just amended the rendering at some spots, giving it more "bassy" body where needed.
I'll hope you can sit this thru, it takes about 52 minutes of your precious time. Enjoy, and yes I learned from Berlioz' Harold on Italy (instrumentation and the use of brass, balanced against the string section), Bruckners first symphony, Porkofiev's 5th symphony, and others......
See you around, now I have to take a break, use some time to think it over, to recuperate ..... and thinking of enhancing my computer system. I won't buy an iMac, too expensive.
From the other side of the ocean, greetings, enjoy as I did writing this (and listening to it, of course),