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    symphonic hymn arrangement

    This is a large-orchestra arrangement I was asked to write for Wintley Phipps, one of those amazing voice-of-God baritones. He's evidently a favorite of Billy Graham's. Figures, huh?

    The tune is "And Can It Be", staunch old hymn. The producer who requested this arrangement wanted a big, dramatic, almost operatic approach.

    Here is the MP3 file to listen to, and a PDF file of the vocal part.

    This was my maiden voyage with the new GPO/Finale marriage. I loved working in this new combination!

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    It sounds to me like you have delivered on what the producer wanted.

    I particularly liked the variations that you did on the 2 middle verses.

    I'm sure that Wintley will be pleased!


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    David, I love your arranging, you are so gifted!


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    What a talented and creative person you are! This is very sonorous and professional.

    Thanks for posting it. Let's hear more!

    Best regards,

    Larry A.
    Larry G. Alexander

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    Great stuff, man!!!!
    Very professional orchestration.
    A very fabulous job of course!

    Only my congratulations,

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    Superb arranging. I love orchestral treatments of hymns and this one is great. I would say the request for it to be operatic was delivered on.
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    Great arrangement, David! I've been an admirer of your work since the days of First Call.

    May I ask how your workstation is configured in terms of hardware:
    CPU, RAM, etc.

    I'm trying to set up a system for orchestral simulations myself.

    Well done!

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    Beautiful arrangement and very well played by the GPO. It would have been really joyful to hear the vocals at the same time. Maybe at a later date when you have a copy of a performance or something........

    Great work from a gifted musician........

    Jack Cannon--MacBook Pro (2015, 13") GPO4/5, JABB3, Auth. STEINWAY, YAMAHA CFX, Gofriller CELLO, Stradivari VIOLIN, COMB2, WORLD, HARPS, PIPE ORGANS, FINALE 25.5, DORICO 1.2.10, Mac Pro 2.66 GHz CPU, 8 GB RAM, DP 9.51, MOTU Traveler, MOTU Micro Express, MacBook Pro (2012, 13") 2.2 Ghz CPU, 8 GB RAM.

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    Very nice arrangement Dave, I always enjoy your work. That's one of my favorite hymns.


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    It is incredibly humbling to receive such praise from an extremely talented collection of musical peers like yourselves. Many, many thanks for your kind words.

    Here's the tech stuff:

    Toshiba A-45 S250 laptop
    Windows XP
    Pentium 4 processor @ 2.8 GHz
    2 GB of RAM

    GPO orchestra:
    2 flutes
    2 oboes
    Eng. horn
    2 clarinets
    bs. clarinet
    2 bassoons

    4 horns
    3 trumpets
    3 trombones

    tubular bells
    perc toys
    bass drum

    violin 1
    violin 2
    double bass

    All winds (except piccolo) and brass were non-solo versions, and percussion (where possible), harp, and strings were all KS versions.

    No memory overhead problems at all. Scored and mixed in Finale 2006. No MIDI keyboard used; Simple Entry notation via laptop keyboard.

    [I'll admit it: I am a SimpleEntryaholic. It is such an incredible tool for focusing one's writing, in my opinion. Get the keyboard-crutch out from under your fingers, and use only your imagination and inner-musical-ear to write.]

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