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I'm working on some Holiday music with a poet, 5 songs for piano and alto. It's the first time I've worked with a lyricist and it certainly is a challenge. I didn't give them any parameters other than for it to be written for the season - no strictures on rhyme, meter, or anything else, so I got some semi-rhyming, mostly arhythmic poetry which I then adapted in a way that seemed fit to me to get it to marry to the music, which I composed based on the lyrics (poems, really) the lyricist sent me. Here's the 3rd one in the series. Score included in the YouTube, and as always, comments invited >

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Very nice Gav,  great harmonies and melodies and rhythm. Your lyricist has done a great job also with a poignant Christmas theme. This should appeal to a wide audience.  You could vary the piano textures more I suppose, let the vocal work with minimal accompaniment or even a brief solo for emphasis but that's a minor nit pick, this works great as is, thanks for sharing it. 

Thanks for listening and commenting Ingo. I appreciate particularly your comment about the balance between the piano and voice, it was something I was concerned about when writing. Since some of the other pieces in the series have a much more laid-back piano and I took the mental approach that all the pieces together form a suite, with more or less piano in some compared to others, and I can live with that. As for varying the piano texture more, the point you raise is a valid one. Thanks again!

Congratulations Gav.   Very beautiful Christmas Music.

The character is specially noteworthy.

By the way bar 75 A flat goes to bar 76 A natural.

The modern notation programs do not indicate the A

natural but (natural) sign may be better for the performers.

It looks simple but there is a lot underneath.

Thank you for this beautiful Advents Time gift.

Ali R+

Hi Ali,

Thanks for your comments and for listening. I added a reminder natural in bar 76, that seems like a good idea!

Gav

Hi Gav,

it is a nice tune, it kept my attention all through. I think piano and voice fit nicely together. The piano is doing a great job. It disturbs a bit that there is no room for breathing. I believe the vocal will come out even better if you took care of that since it would sound more natural.

I liked the piece, great to have such beautiful lyrics also which you impressively managed to fit in to the music. I look forward to hear the recording.

Kjell

Hi Kjell, thanks, appreciate your listening and commenting. You have a valid point about the breathing spots. I am sometimes a bit mystified as to when and where to insert them. I'll do a bit of investigating and make some adjustments.

Best,

Gav

Very, very nice. Leaves ya a bit hanging, though.

Hardly anything to say other than it's rather lovely, flowing and with the feel of the Christmas season about it. 

Most accomplished. 

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Wow, that was really nice, both music and lyrics. The piano accompaniment was well designed I thought, and the melodic lines were beautifully done. The only thing I wonder about is whether the singer will have enough air at times to sing it. In my own limited efforts along these lines, that was the biggest comment I got. Singing is basically speech that is more, well, lyrical. When we speak, we pause frequently for air, and singers have even greater need for this. 

Other than that (and I may be wrong about it; hopefully others will comment on this), I really enjoyed it, it was quite artistic and effective.

@Art - "hanging" - can you offer what you mean?

@Dane - Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!

@Mike - You're right, it needs more breath spots, thanks for pointing it out!

Gav

Beautiful. The harmonic shifts sound wonderful, as does the breaking of the beats of a measure of eight 8th notes into a pattern of 1-2-3_1-2-3_1-2 (starting at measure 72).

Thanks so much Stephen, m73 was where I intended the piece to be at its apex, and I’m gratified that you picked up on this - thanks for taking the time to listen and comment
Gav

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