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    from The Messiah

    I. Overture
    II> Chorus, AND THE GLORY OF THE LORD


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    Last edited by garymosse; 11-02-2009 at 11:10 AM. Reason: additional edits & additions

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    Excellent arrangement of the chorus. I didn't miss the original for one quaver. But I'm afraid the overture didn't work that well for me. To my ears, a woodwind group (especially the flutes) has a certain lightness that just is not characteristic of the Messiah's opening. I hope that doesn't offend you, because that is certainly not my intention. I'm actually looking forward to hearing "Onto us a child is born," which to me is the happy highlight of HWV56.
    Theo

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    Thanks for listening, Theo.
    Instrumentation is often challenged by location, size of performance venue, and-oh yea-finance. One small ensemble might make an otherwise performance unattainable. An overture should be a grand introduction to a Baroque piece.

    Gary

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    Good on ya, Gary, for tackling this. The rendering sounds nice!

    Rearranging this kind of stuff (esp. baroque continuo) for winds is challenging and fun. A few years back I did Rejoice Greatly for small wind ensemble and vocal and there were lots of interesting puzzles to solve (results here - live, not GPO). Dove-tailing violin parts into woodwinds, balancing winds with vocal, etc. were all fascinating to work out.

    BTW, sounds like a wrong note around the 2:34 point (flutes) in the Overture. Or maybe not... sometimes new sonorities can trick the ear.

    David

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    Thanks for listening, David.
    I checked my score (chorus & piano) & notes are there in the flute.
    The phrase has a chromatic alteration starting the measure before & the flutes D# is part of 4 separate chords. I think the flute sound clashes on 1 or 2 chords.

    Gary

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