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EDIT 10/12/12: For those interested in hearing the instrumental track of the song by itself, I've uploaded that to Box also:
My current project is a stage musical based on "Ivanhoe" by Sir Walter Scott. Like "Tom Sawyer," it's a show aimed at family audiences, to be produced by community performing groups.
I'm especially excited to post this particular song from the show because the singer on the demo is none other than Forum member, Francesco Marchetti! He's shared his fantastic music with us here in The Listening Room, and now it's fun to hear from him as a performer.
Awhile back I asked in General Discussion if anyone knew of singers who may want to help out in demoing some of my songs. I was delighted when several volunteers contacted me, offering their own singing talents! After working with several tracks, I decided to use Francesco's version for this particular song. I'm hoping the volunteers I worked with will still be working with me when I start working on more demos.
This is the second song in the show:
It's 12th Century, England, and Ivanhoe has returned from The Crusades in The Holy Land. His father, Cedric, has disinherited Ivanhoe for following the Norman King Richard the Lionheart, and for interfering with Cedric's plans to marry his ward, Rowena, to Athlestane, last heir to the lost Saxon throne.
Ivanhoe has returned to his father's estate at Rotherwood, in the disguise of a holy pilgrim. Following the opening banquet scene, Ivanhoe has had to maintain his disguise while briefly speaking with his love, Rowena, who is in despair for having to marry Athlestane. She's hoping for Ivanhoe's return, but fears he was killed during the Crusades.
As Rowena sadly exits, Ivanhoe considers his plight. He's a soldier returning from war only to find his entire world turned upside down. He's considered a traitor, his father has disowned him, and the love of his life is promised to another. He has to come up with a plan to reclaim his life, and to help King Richard wrest control of England from his treacherous brother, Prince John.
Garritan instruments used:
From Instant Orchestra:
Harps - 4 different patches (up medium, up rapid, down rapid, plucks)
Cathedral Orchestra 2 (a choir patch)
Earth Drums 3
1st strings +solo
2nd strings +solo
Horn Overlay ff
Flugelhorn 1 JABB
Plus Broomstick Bass, EZ Drummer, Strum Acoustic, Dimension Pro "Distant" (an ambient piano patch), Cakewalk Studio Instruments Electric Piano, RealStrat.
THANK YOU, FRANCESCO and everyone who volunteered to work on this!