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Topic: New Composition: Eternity for Choir and Orchestra

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    New Composition: Eternity for Choir and Orchestra

    Hey Everyone,

    I have a new piece that I just uploaded that I would like to share with my friends here at the Northern Sounds Forum.

    The piece is called Eternity. It is written for SATB Choir and Full Orchestra. It is a tone poem about a souls journey from Earth, through Purgatory, then into Heaven. It's a musical version of the Divine Comedy, of sorts. I have incorporated parts of the Roman Catholic Requiem Mass into the tune. It has a run time of approx. 23 minutes. Here are the links:

    www.jonathoncox.com/Eternity.mp3 - MP3 file
    www.jonathoncox.com/Eternity.pdf - Score file

    My initial idea was to use my Symphonic Choirs Library and actually have the choir parts sung, with text. Unfortunately, Symphonic Choirs is a resource heavy endeavor, the biggest resource being my time, so I had to nix the idea.

    This was written and recorded using Sibelius 5 and GPO exclusively. I used individual samples for each voice, and ensemble building for the strings. I used Waves IR1 Stereo reverb with an IR from the Disney Hall in California.

    Here is the instrumentation:

    Picc, Flute 1-2-3, Oboe 1-2 , English Horn (doubles on 2nd Oboe), Bb Clarinet 1-2-3, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon 1-2, Contra Bassoon

    French Horn 1-2-3-4, Trumpet 1-2-3, Trombone 1-2, Bass Trombone, Tuba

    Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Tambourine, Triangle, Cymbals (Crash and Suspended) Gong, Glockenspiel, Chimes, Harp, Celesta, Piano

    Soprano 1-2, Alto 1-2, Tenor 1-2, Bass1-2

    Solo Violin, Solo Cello, Violin 1 (div), Violin 2 (div) Viola, Cello, Double Bass

    This is one of the biggest composition projects I have ever attempted. It was truely a work of love. I hope to someday get the choir to actually sing the parts. The score needs a little bit of spit shinning, but it should do the trick.

    I'd love to hear everyone's comments, positive or negative.

    Have a good day, my friends.


    For more information, check out www.jonathoncox.com/intro.html

    "The trouble with music appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music they should be taught to love it instead." - Igor Stravinsky

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    Re: New Composition: Eternity for Choir and Orchestra


    Really great composing and one of the best products I have heard
    from Sibelius.

    Looked at your score and found it to be very exacting, neat and
    well thought out.

    I would also like to hear this piece performed "live." I think it has
    really great potential.

    BRAVO, Jonny

    Jack Cannon--MacBook Pro (2015, 13") GPO4/5, JABB3, Auth. STEINWAY, YAMAHA CFX, Gofriller CELLO, Stradivari VIOLIN, COMB2, WORLD, HARPS, PIPE ORGANS, FINALE 25.5, DORICO 1.2.10, Mac Pro 2.66 GHz CPU, 8 GB RAM, DP 9.51, MOTU Traveler, MOTU Micro Express, MacBook Pro (2012, 13") 2.2 Ghz CPU, 8 GB RAM.

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    Re: New Composition: Eternity for Choir and Orchestra

    Congratulations Jonny.
    It is really great piece.
    I would recommend you to try with Myriad Harmony Assistant and its Virtual Singer, wich is capable to sing words of your Choir instead of aah.
    Windows XP-SP2, IE7, ARIA GPO4, GPO KP2, Kontakt 3, NOTION 3, Amplitube X-GEAR, Overture 4.1, Harmony Assistant 9.5.1e, Virtual Singer, Gold SoundBase 2, OMeR 2.2, PDF to Music 1.2.1d, Miroslav Philharmonik, Sample Tank 2SE, Audacity, MuseScore 0.9.6

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    Wilton, NH

    Re: New Composition: Eternity for Choir and Orchestra

    This is obviously a major project and I think your work was well worth it.

    I started out with the score, but since I was only seeing a third of a page at a time I quickly got a little lost. I went through it and don't think you need to worry about the score being usable, except, possibly the parts for voices near the beginning (first dozen pages) - I didn't see words or vowels ("aaahhs" and Ooohhs"). Are you going to give the choir words in the earlier parts to this?

    A great job at a large scale piece. I enjoyed it quite a bit.
    Trent P. McDonald

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    Re: New Composition: Eternity for Choir and Orchestra

    Johnny - I listened to your incredible piece several days ago, and when the music ended, I sat here stupidly staring at the blank reply form unable to collect my thoughts well enough to even begin typing!

    Same syndrome today - Your "Eternity" blows me away and that's all I seem capable of saying about it. Fantastic work.

    Randy B.

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