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Fellow Composers,

 

I would be interested to hear your response to this setting of a prayer much loved by St. Francis of Assisi, the Adoramus Te from the Stations of the Cross liturgy for Good Friday. Although I am not Catholic, I grew up singing masses in choir, and the words we sang in Latin now resonate in my soul. May they resonate in yours as well.

 

Scored for SATB a capella chorus, this piece was composed in Sibelius 7 using East West Quantum Leap's Symphonic Choirs and Jonathan Loving's excellent EWQLSC Sound Set, which makes using this sample library quite a bit easier (although one must still speak VOTOX to get the best results from Word Builder). What is heard here is pretty much the out-of-box sound of these products being used together. No outside sound processing was done and only minimal under-the-hood work was done using Word Builder (although obviously a lot more work could be done to improve this virtual choir's enunciation).

Here is a link to the score and audio file. I welcome your comments and critiques.

 

http://youtu.be/8yuQT8xS1Z4 

Regards,

August Champlin

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Amen!

Quick question though, after putting the notes in Sibelius how did you get the words to sound?

~Rodney

Lovely!   Well done and very nice to listen to.   The only criticism I  have is that the choir sounds seem slightly unnatural when there's a pause but fantastic when they are more legato.   I wonder if different reverb would help minimize that?

Hey, Bruce! Nice to hear from you! I'm glad you like Adoramus Te. I agree that EWQLSC does not always sound natural. I will try to play with a different reverb to see if that improves things. Thanks for the tip, man!

Hello, Rodney! Thanks for your reply.

 

The Short Answer

Lyrics typed into the score do not affect playback. To hear EWQLSC sing lyrics, they must be typed into Play's Word Builder. 

 

The Long Answer

I installed Jonathan Loving's EWQLSC Sound Set (http://www.soundsetproject.com/soundsets/eastwest/). After configuring it to work with Sibelius 7, per the sound set's manual, I launched a new score using this sound set's house style and configured manual sound sets for each section of the choir (SATB). Each had to be loaded into a separate instance of Play, EWQLSC's sample engine. After everything was set up properly, I used the World Builder feature in each instance of Play to input text using VOTOX, WB's proprietary language. Although this was a lot of work, it was actually much easier than using EWQLSC in Sonar 8.5 had been. EWQLSC seems to behave itself much better in Sibelius 7 using Jonthan's sound set than it did in Sonar 8.5. Moreover, it seems to sound better, too. Hope this helps!

 

--August

 

  
Rodney Carlyle Money said:

Amen!

Quick question though, after putting the notes in Sibelius how did you get the words to sound?

~Rodney

Wow, this is lovely! Reminds me of Durufle's motets. no criticism here, just admiration. I mostly am interested in the music, not the limitations of the tools we use. This sounds well enough to get the point across. I'm sure others will discuss how to make it sound better.

Hello Michael! Thank you for your kind words. I love Durufle's Requiem, but am not familiar with his motets. However, I love being pointed to new music, so thanks for the tip. Best wishes! --August

very nice! I like it
I especially like the parts in 1:43-2:14


some pet-peeves
at 2:26-2:49  i personally think the triads in the sopranos is alittle to much. the sopranos seems to overpower the rest of the parts. I think breaking those chords up into intervals will make it sound smoother on the ears. Though im kinda getting the feeling that you want it to overpower the other parts.
everything else sounds good.

The sequence at 1:57 "sanctum crucem" is gorgeous.

Hello, Raymond! Thank you for embedding the video. I didn't know you could do that. :) I agree with you on EWQLSC being the most powerful sample library released to date, if you're willing to get under the hood and tweak Word Builder settings. Best wishes! --August
 
Raymond Kemp said:

August,

In the last few years there have been quite a few new releases of Choir sample libraries but I still think EWQLSC is the business if one puts the work into tweaking it. Yes you may have spent little time on the recording but wordbuilder is not the most intuitive app ever produced. Mastering that and the phrasing is user skill and not the app. I like your work here and it is only some minor phrasing issues I hear as being, not wrong but different than I might do.

Thanks for sharing

Ray

I hope you don't mind me adding the embedded code here so as folks don't have to leave this page.

Hello, Cold Composer! Thank you for your feedback. The section from 1:43-2:14 is probably my favorite part of the piece as well. I see what you're saying about the sopranos in the chordal passage. My hope is that with real voices singing in divisi there wouldn't be the massive build up that EWQLSC's gives because it is literally tripling the soprano section during that passage. That is my hope at least. :)

--August
 
Cold Composer said:

very nice! I like it
I especially like the parts in 1:43-2:14


some pet-peeves
at 2:26-2:49  i personally think the triads in the sopranos is alittle to much. the sopranos seems to overpower the rest of the parts. I think breaking those chords up into intervals will make it sound smoother on the ears. Though im kinda getting the feeling that you want it to overpower the other parts.
everything else sounds good.

Thanks, Michael Tauben, for your feedback. As I mentioned to Cold Composer, that section is probably my favorite in the piece. Nonetheless, I thought of deleting that sequence or shortening it, as I thought it was too indulgent. However, the truncated, less indulgent version just didn't have as much "ahhhhhh" factor.  :)

--August
 
Michael Tauben said:

The sequence at 1:57 "sanctum crucem" is gorgeous.

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