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.