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    Christmas in October!

    Here's my version of "The Holly and the Ivy" for string orchestra.

    http://www.swanswingpress.com/listen.htm (it's at the top of the page).

    This is actually mostly GOS, but I layered some sus+short GPO strings on several parts for a fuller sound.

    Comments and criticisms are welcome, but since I'm going to be out of town for a while, I may not see any of them till I get back next week. (I'll be in Las Vegas, working. Honest! Hopefully I'll be able to find an Internet cafe or something so I can stay in touch, but I may be too busy.)
    Dan Powers
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    "It's easier to be a composer than it is to compose."
    --Ray Luke (1928-2010)

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    Re: Christmas in October!

    Dan,

    I just visited your musicpage and though I like both christmassongs, I absolutly LOVE Shenondoah and Threnody !!!

    Beautifull work !!

    Great that you put the scores online aswell !

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    Re: Christmas in October!

    Hmm, the page doesn't seem to want to open. I'll check back later.


    Jonny
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    Re: Christmas in October!

    Dan,


    Very nicely done.

    I have one critique and it's probably a personal preference thing but...

    ...the pizzacato sections sound as if they are dry. Which would be just fine, but the arco strings seem to have at least a little reverb on them. Of course, this could be just me.

    Other than that, a fantastic endeavor. Keep up the great work.


    Jonny
    For more information, check out www.jonathoncox.com/intro.html

    "The trouble with music appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music they should be taught to love it instead." - Igor Stravinsky

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    Re: Christmas in October!

    Very nice indeed Dan although it's not a piece of music I have heard. I did take to the melody though as it's very catchy. The whole piece was most enjoyable....I'm going to try and get hold of a CD with these 'Hymns' as perhaps there may be others I like. If they're all as good as this it'll be great....I suppose I could just wait for the Garritan CD.

    Frank

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    ""Even at 6:00 in the mornin', that boy ain't right!!" - Hank Hill


    I fell off my chair laughing at the
    quote....it describes every
    musician I have ever known
    and probably the basis for creativity.

    I liked the pieces by the way.

    Paul O.
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    Wow Dan Wow! Simply awesome! Man you guys are great with this stuff! I like reading along with the score as well.
    Styxx

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    Very nice arrangement.

    However, I think you could make more use of the tempo track because I thought it was a little bit lacking in the expression department.

    Don't know if it would be good to add some more reverb to get more Church or Concert hall feeling.
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    Re: Christmas in October!

    Hey, everyone! I got home from Las Vegas at 4:00 this morning, and I still haven't caught up on my sleep, so I may not be very coherent right now. Anyway, thanks for all your comments. I agree that the reverb needs a little attention. I'll try to fix it before I send it in to Gary.

    OT: If you're looking for a good holiday CD, you might like Floyd Gadd's "O Come Let Us Adore Him." Info at http://www.mts.net/~fgadd. He's got a couple of my arrangements on it, which is how I know about it. I just got a copy in the mail last week, and was very impressed .
    Dan Powers
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    I see I never commented/blathered about this piece. Excellent arrangement and execution. Bravo!!

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