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    Have a Good, Quiet, Warm Night - for SATB a cappella

    Hello,

    coming back to you with a new choir piece that started out as a simple good wish, a poetic line (that later became the title of the piece). Those few words then inspired a whole poem that I wrote (normally I never do this) and afterwards I wanted to set them to music. The song is of memories, fond feelings, joyful times.. of great things that were and could be again - in the (musical) colours and shades of autumn and winter.

    The original lyrics are in Estonian, but here's a rough English translation:

    * * *

    I come to a stop - the colours and winds of fall
    have gone. The leaves on the heath cannot be seen..
    Yet in my soul I hear a call
    of a day that lightly gleams,

    when a squirrel suddenly caught sight - on the treetops -
    of two travellers on an alley. And today - likewise..
    when on the road in auburn shades time stopped
    and there shone all September in your eyes.

    November then came with snow, all white..
    tracks on the drift going into forever in the distance.
    Thus I smile, sing our songs and glide..
    sing songs that carried us on the wings of birds far

    into the open, where the evening in all blue will shine
    Have a good, quiet.. warm night.


    Here's the demo, which uses Alicia's Keys piano and VSL Strings.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRS8vT0F9lI

    Happy listening!
    Brindle
    'Music is like this pure thing that exists for its own sake, just to make something perfect..' ~ Ephram Brown

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    Re: Have a Good, Quiet, Warm Night - for SATB a cappella

    Lovely tune, with an atmosphere that harmonizes well with the words. Tell me, why aren't the VSL choir singing? Would be nice to also hear the music as intended, look forward to that.
    The strings and piano are really nicely sounding and build up a magnificent sound picture making the themes coming to their full right.

    Greetings,

    Kjell

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    Re: Have a Good, Quiet, Warm Night - for SATB a cappella

    What wonderfully lush harmony and rhythmic intrigue.

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    Re: Have a Good, Quiet, Warm Night - for SATB a cappella

    Beautiful text, very well set to music in a wealthy and rich harmony that breathes the text's content. I guess in the original language it would sound even richer (because of the typical sounds and stresses). I agree that it would be of greater value to hear it with a real choir. That's what it was designed for. The VSL choir could come a bit closer...

    Max

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    Re: Have a Good, Quiet, Warm Night - for SATB a cappella

    Thank you all so much VSL Choir.. after your suggestion, I tried it, but I guess it's just going to be vowels. When I used different ones (aaahs, oohs, eehs) it sounded richer, but I've yet to experiment more with this.
    'Music is like this pure thing that exists for its own sake, just to make something perfect..' ~ Ephram Brown

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