Dilemma. Some years back I wrote a prelude for a local movie club. The midi files were scrapped with the Xp computer and the score is lost.
Recently I tried recreating it using Reaper and up-to-date VSL samples. The harmony isn’t difficult and it’s as close as need be.
But the new version sounds heavier and thicker than the original for more reasons than reverb. Obviously that’s down to me and I’d have to work on it if at all. It may mean getting at the samples themselves (which the player allows).
The piece was to accompany a clip of a teenager walking into town. It had to be light in keeping with the character – blond, wears white clothes and stuff, hence using a cello rather than a bass for the pizz accompaniment and the tune fairly high on the stave.
A small chamber orchestra: strings, flute, oboe, clarinet.
I’ve posted both original and new versions. Comments would be truly appreciated particularly if some listeners could spare the time to listen to both and say which they prefer. The duration is about 1’40”.
The first file is the new one. I confess preferring the old one. Turns out those old samples weren't so shabby after all.