Mark DuBerry replied to Mark DuBerry's discussion Writing for choir
"Oceania looks and sounds great but it's only for full Kontakt which I don't own. So I guess I'll stick with East-West's offering for now. "
Apr 9, 2017
Mark DuBerry replied to Mark DuBerry's discussion Writing for choir
"Ah Excellent. Will take a look at that too! "
Apr 7, 2017
Mark DuBerry replied to Mark DuBerry's discussion Writing for choir
"Hmm.. must check it out. Thanks for posting Josh."
Apr 7, 2017
2x5ptmdee8vdu replied to Mark DuBerry's discussion Writing for choir
""are you affiliated with this product? :)"
Nope...not even a little. My ears just fell in love with the sound. Given the price-to-sound ratio, I would say that this is a high value proposition by almost any standard.
Why am I so effusive? I love…"
Apr 7, 2017
2x5ptmdee8vdu replied to Mark DuBerry's discussion Writing for choir
"For anybody making choir mock-ups, there's a great new Choir in town: Oceania:
http://performancesamples.com/oceania/Very Good: The sound. In your face, realistic (so realistic in fact, you can't believe you're not hearing actual words. I've…"
Apr 7, 2017
Mark DuBerry replied to Mark DuBerry's discussion Writing for choir
"Yes you're absolutely right.. not as much fun, nor anywhere near as complex and difficult!
Analysis will always reveal the different elements and layers and they can usually be described in terms of back, middle and foreground, melody and…"
Feb 23, 2017
Mark DuBerry replied to Mark DuBerry's discussion Writing for choir
"Dave, thanks for clarifying earlier about that other member. I think I get it. And yes, being new it can be easy to assume that everyone else is somehow 'in the know'. 

Interesting discussion since then. Although I've many years of writing music…"
Feb 23, 2017
H. S. Teoh replied to Mark DuBerry's discussion Writing for choir
"@Dave: In my young and ignorant days, I also assumed that every instrument in the orchestra plays an independent part.  But now, with a (tiny) bit more experience, I can say that a very large part of the art of orchestration lies in knowing how and…"
Feb 23, 2017
Mike Hewer replied to Mark DuBerry's discussion Writing for choir
"Thanks Dave, yes choirs sing in 8vas too. One of the most powerful examples of this is in Faures REquiem, the libera me. I sang this in the choir at college and had shvers down my spine whilst performing, a testament to the music, but also the power…"
Feb 23, 2017
Mark DuBerry replied to Mark DuBerry's discussion Writing for choir
"Right. Ok.. Seems to be some history here so I'll graciously refrain from making any comment, except to say that I love polytonality etc. but was a little puzzled by what this particular suggestion meant.  Dave Dexter said:
"(1) A standard…"
Feb 23, 2017
Mark DuBerry replied to Mark DuBerry's discussion Writing for choir
"Ok thanks Ray. As I said I loved the piece. It took me a while to get around to responding on the forum today which is why I hadn't listened to it earlier.
Ray said:
Mark,
I wasn't sure anyone had actually listened to my little requiem cue but it…"
Feb 23, 2017
Mark DuBerry replied to Mark DuBerry's discussion Writing for choir
"Many thanks everyone for these fascinating and informative replies. There is a lot to think about here and I will take some time to explore and digest all these ideas. I have been wanting to include some choral elements (yes, samples I'm afraid!) in…"
Feb 23, 2017
Bob Morabito replied to Mark DuBerry's discussion Writing for choir
"[Thanks, Bob Morito, for sharing your link to your piano and quartet pieces.  I very much enjoyed the first two which I just heard. Nature of Duality, and String Quartet III.]

Thanks so very much Serenity for your kind words--very much…"
Feb 23, 2017
Serenity Laine replied to Mark DuBerry's discussion Writing for choir
"Your question is an excellent one, I think.  Adding a choir to a piece, that has an instrumental or orchestral emphasis, is often a good idea.  As you suggest, it's something to be done for dramatic purposes at a climax; or (I would add) for the…"
Feb 23, 2017
Mike Hewer replied to Mark DuBerry's discussion Writing for choir
"Hi Mark,
If you are adding choir at a climactic point, then it helps to have the choir in a high tessitura in order to create the emotional impact needed. This of course depends on your piece and is not always the case, but just something to bear in…"
Feb 23, 2017
Bob Morabito replied to Mark DuBerry's discussion Writing for choir
"Heres two links I quickly looked at and hopefully you might find something that will help:
http://www2.nau.edu/~krr2/choralcomp.htmlhttp://legacy.earlham.edu/......

Thanks Bob https://soundcloud.com/bob-morabito"
Feb 23, 2017
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