Hi there!

 

This is my first posting in the Music Dissection and Iäm hoping you could give me some feedback on an arrangement of the tradisional, Irish song 'Danny Boy' that I've arranged for SATB a cappella.

 

It's my first, real arrangement ever for a cappella so this is kind of new to me. My knowledge in the subject stretches to what I've learned during harmonics class in school during the last year so  don't have too high expectations :-)

 

Also, the only performance I can provide is an exported MIDI-file straight out of Sibelius. Doesnät even sound like voices and there will be no lyrics, but I will also let you see the PDF so you can get an idea of what it should sound like.

 

I would actually like to have som tips on one specific part in the arrangement:

I have a key change in bar 38, from D major to E flat major, that I believe works, though it is kind of abrupt. I believe it could be much in a much smoother way and any thoughts one that particular thing would really be helpful as I now pretty much nothing about har monic modulations like those.

 

Hope you'll enjoy it, and Iäll gladly take any criticism, positive and negative! :-)

Danny Boy.mid

Danny Boy.pdf

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  • Wow. Really Good.
  • Very good arrangement, you really made it your own. Musically, its very solid. Notation wise, there are a few mistakes. 

    Measure 17-18, cross voicing in the basses doesnt seem very necessary. That just makes it hard for no good reason. And it happens again in measure 39.

    Another thing, slur markings are needed on words that have multiple notes attached to it.

    Other then that, I see a solid piece

    keep up the good work

  • Quinn: Thank you!

     

    Tyler: The reason I have a cross voicing in bar 17-18 is that Bass 1 is singing the melody. And since I want the "accompany" bass to sing the line it does, I found no other way than to cross voice. Though, in bar 39 I have no reason, I will change that right away. Thanks for the feedback, I will take a look at the slurs as well! :-)

    Tyler Hughes said:

    Very good arrangement, you really made it your own. Musically, its very solid. Notation wise, there are a few mistakes. 

    Measure 17-18, cross voicing in the basses doesnt seem very necessary. That just makes it hard for no good reason. And it happens again in measure 39.

    Another thing, slur markings are needed on words that have multiple notes attached to it.

    Other then that, I see a solid piece

    keep up the good work

    'Danny Boy' for SATB a cappella
    Hi there!   This is my first posting in the Music Dissection and Iäm hoping you could give me some feedback on an arrangement of the tradisional, Iri…
  • I've made some editing notation wise. Does it look better, Tyler?

     

    And more criticism are greatly appreciated! :-)

    Tyler Hughes said:

     

    Measure 17-18, cross voicing in the basses doesnt seem very necessary. That just makes it hard for no good reason. And it happens again in measure 39.

    Another thing, slur markings are needed on words that have multiple notes attached to it.

     

    'Danny Boy' for SATB a cappella
    Hi there!   This is my first posting in the Music Dissection and Iäm hoping you could give me some feedback on an arrangement of the tradisional, Iri…
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