Hello my friends here at the Forum!
Today, I am posting 2 pieces of music that only have 1 thing in common, (besides GPO) and that is they rely heavily on the Irina Brochin soundfont. That isn't to say Garritan GPO4 isn't holding both pieces together, (as best I can), but Irina is tasked with a good portion of what is being delivered, and this includes "Lost Umbrellas", featuring my fairly new GAS Basic, my fave GPO4 Cello 2 and some distant strings, as well as Irina Brochin soundfont.
BTW, I also bought a weighted hammer action keyboard, StudioLogic, so on this piece it is me live and in realtime on the keys! I really love the GAS Basic, it has beautiful sonority! Also, interesting the new keyboard was made in Italy.
The longer piece is called "Omnes Gentes, Plaudit Manibus a 16 Voci" from the "Symphoniae Sacrae" by Giovanni Gabrieli 1557 - 1612 (Italian). The music is not only longer, but much larger as well. I am assuming this music was written in a religious context, but that is about all I can tell you. Gabrieli has become my new favorite Renaissance composer. It is curious and unusual music and seems driven by a striving for the Divine. I used the GPO4, the Irina Brochin soundfont and the VSL 16 voice Soprano Choir. Besides the Brass you might expect, I also employed the Baroque Plenum Pedal from the GPO Pipe Organs. For me, one of the most important aspects of working on this "Early Music", is that it is, just that! Within the better examples from the period, you can hear elements of the musical language we have today. This piece starts out with the Soprano doing what sounds to me like a little Pagan dervish, before being drawn in by the inevitable gravity of the Church.
Gabrieli - Sympnoiae Sacrae a 16 Voci