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    Ophelia’s Final Repose

    Originally scored for panpipes and strings, I present this original composition rendered entirely with GPO. The string orchestra was built using solo as well as ensemble patches.

    Ophelia’s Final Repose 2D
    (for those with standard two speaker configurations)

    Ophelia’s Final Repose 3D
    (for those with multi-speaker surround-sound systems)

    Ophelia by John Everett Millais

    There is a willow grows aslant a brook,
    That shows his hoar leaves in the glassy stream;
    There with fantastic garlands did she come
    Of crow-flowers, nettles, daisies, and long purples
    That liberal shepherds give a grosser name,
    But our cold maids do dead men's fingers call them;
    There, on the pendent boughs her coronet weeds
    Clambering to hang, an envious sliver broke;
    When down her weedy trophies and herself
    Fell in the weeping brook.
    Her clothes spread wide;
    And, mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up:
    Which time she chanted snatches of old tunes;
    As one incapable of her own distress,
    Or like a creature native and indued
    Unto that element: but long it could not be
    Till that her garments, heavy with their drink,
    Pull'd the poor wretch from her melodious lay
    To muddy death.


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    Senior Member bigears's Avatar
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    Re: Ophelia’s Final Repose

    Hi Sean, This is an extraordinary piece. You have made a beautiful recording and also have made a lovely presentation. Bravo, Sean !

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    Senior Member Tom_Davis's Avatar
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    This a fine work deserving of many hearings. Your craft and talent are superior.

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    Re: Ophelia’s Final Repose

    This was a very enjoyable listen this morning. You have the Garritan Strings singing in a very wonderful way. Such wonderful sounds protraying Ophelia's final repose. The flute is handled very well and sounds realistic.

    Thank you for sharing such a marvelous piece with the community.
    [Music is the Rhythm, Harmony and Breath of Life]
    "Music is music, and a note's a note" - Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong


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    Re: Ophelia’s Final Repose

    Hello, Sean - It's good to see you posting a new piece here in The Listening Room.

    "Hamlet" remains my favorite play, and I love seeing it being eternally re-interpreted anew. --I enjoy the play so much I was even entertained by Mel Gibson as Hamlet! hehe--um, with some reservation.

    So I was especially interested to hear what you had done in honor of poor dear Ophelia.

    In a word, your piece is simply Beautiful, as was Hamlet's tragic sweetheart. I especially appreciated how the mood wasn't morbid - which it could have been, considering the tragic ending of this famous medieval teenager. It was more a thoughtful In Memoriam, with the great Victorian painting of Ophelia which you posted seeming to be a perfect visualization of your mood.

    Did you approach this as a Song, using the famous "Willow" speech of Gertrude's as lyrics?

    I enjoyed the work very much. Thank you.


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    Re: Ophelia’s Final Repose

    This is just beautiful! Such a beautiful tune and so well arranged. I really enjoyed this!

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    Re: Ophelia’s Final Repose

    Thank you all for your kind remarks.

    Randy, no, I did not compose this as a song. Although, I do believe that careful handling of those immortal words could result in a glorious one!

    By the way, Randy, congratulations on your success with DORIAN THE REMARKABLE MISTER GRAY; may it continue!


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    Re: Ophelia’s Final Repose

    That is Beautiful Sean, a real masterpiece. The mix is PERFECT!!!!!
    Producer ~ Sound Engineer ~ Musician


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