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here is a soft piece in full contrast to my previous post.

Mahler¨s Adagietto was the role model here using same instrumentation, i.e. string orchestra with harp. To me the harp controls Mahler's piece but in the background. I tried to achieve a similar effect, but I let the harp come out in the foreground a couple of times.

It is played by GPO, directly from score. I hope you listen and comment.

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First of all, the picture is perfect. The scattering seed-parachutes are perfectly represented by the harp's plucked notes. That was a nice touch. 

The piece has some nice close harmonies, which I also happen to like using, although some find such a technique too thick and muddy. But that is more the result of the limitations of sound libraries, at least in my view.

Another great example of this genre is Debussy's Dances Sacre Et Profane (pardon my French). It's a nice combination of sounds. plucked strings (harp) and bowed strings. The harp lets in some sunlight, illuminating the forest floor. 

Kjell, very nice. Beautifully done. If you ever decide to 'kick this up a notch', add an organ. For some reason, in the back of my head, I heard the 'silent' strains and dynamics of a pipe organ. eh, just a passing thought. Thanks for sharing this. RS

Thank you Michael. Yes, my sound lib is maybe not so advanced to cope with Mahler's real music. I took a risk when introducing it like that. 

I appreciate your comment, interesting association to Debussy, which I haven't thought of.

Kjell

michael diemer said:

First of all, the picture is perfect. The scattering seed-parachutes are perfectly represented by the harp's plucked notes. That was a nice touch. 

The piece has some nice close harmonies, which I also happen to like using, although some find such a technique too thick and muddy. But that is more the result of the limitations of sound libraries, at least in my view.

Another great example of this genre is Debussy's Dances Sacre Et Profane (pardon my French). It's a nice combination of sounds. plucked strings (harp) and bowed strings. The harp lets in some sunlight, illuminating the forest floor. 

Thank you Roger, glad you liked it. And yes, your suggestion is spot on. Immediately when I read it I realized the possibility to instrument with organ and solo strings. Instead of the bowing strings there should be an organ. I tried it before in a piece called 'Silent transition' with an attractive sound, fits my library. Also, as Michael pointed out the strings are a bit muddy.

I am grateful Roger

Kjell

roger stancill said:

Kjell, very nice. Beautifully done. If you ever decide to 'kick this up a notch', add an organ. For some reason, in the back of my head, I heard the 'silent' strains and dynamics of a pipe organ. eh, just a passing thought. Thanks for sharing this. RS

K P, the inherent potential of a piece of work and it's 'strength' is often limited by our software. To listen, and hear beyond that 'limit' is a witness to that potential. Though the 'computer' strings may sound a bit muddied, they still hold there own. I was actually suggesting a separate yet complimentary thread to the score as an addition, thus enhancing it even more. I will search for 'Silent Transition' and listen to it.  Whenever I meet this aspect of music, I am reminded of the movie, The Glenn Miller Story' with Jimmy Stewart. He searched and searched, by trial and error, to find 'that sound' he had heard somewhere before. Eventually he did find it, and it was both unique and sublime.  Happy Harmonies ... and Happy Holiday's to you  RS
 
Kjell Prytz said:

Thank you Roger, glad you liked it. And yes, your suggestion is spot on. Immediately when I read it I realized the possibility to instrument with organ and solo strings. Instead of the bowing strings there should be an organ. I tried it before in a piece called 'Silent transition' with an attractive sound, fits my library. Also, as Michael pointed out the strings are a bit muddy.

I am grateful Roger

Kjell

roger stancill said:

Kjell, very nice. Beautifully done. If you ever decide to 'kick this up a notch', add an organ. For some reason, in the back of my head, I heard the 'silent' strains and dynamics of a pipe organ. eh, just a passing thought. Thanks for sharing this. RS

Hi Kjell,

A pleasant 6 minutes...

What I liked most is how you returned back to the beginning tonality.

Also the final part.

The beginning parts have the subtle modulations and brings new but not far tonalities.

(I had to listen twice.) 

The texture is homophonic all through the piece.  It kind of makes the listener tired but

after all it is 6 minutes.  Maybe a bit more contrast in the lower parts even some counterpoint

and some more solo string parts could make it breathe.  But this is supposed to be a gem I guess.

A single monolithic body that strikes the listener on the face.

Congratulations.

Ali

Hi Michael, thanks for mentioning  Debussy's Dances Sacre Et Profane.

Ali R+


michael diemer said:

First of all, the picture is perfect. The scattering seed-parachutes are perfectly represented by the harp's plucked notes. That was a nice touch. 

The piece has some nice close harmonies, which I also happen to like using, although some find such a technique too thick and muddy. But that is more the result of the limitations of sound libraries, at least in my view.

Another great example of this genre is Debussy's Dances Sacre Et Profane (pardon my French). It's a nice combination of sounds. plucked strings (harp) and bowed strings. The harp lets in some sunlight, illuminating the forest floor. 

Nice analysis, Ali, I like it and appreciate your comment.

Cheers,

Kjell

Ali Riza SARAL said:

Hi Kjell,

A pleasant 6 minutes...

What I liked most is how you returned back to the beginning tonality.

Also the final part.

The beginning parts have the subtle modulations and brings new but not far tonalities.

(I had to listen twice.) 

The texture is homophonic all through the piece.  It kind of makes the listener tired but

after all it is 6 minutes.  Maybe a bit more contrast in the lower parts even some counterpoint

and some more solo string parts could make it breathe.  But this is supposed to be a gem I guess.

A single monolithic body that strikes the listener on the face.

Congratulations.

Ali

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