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    Praise To The Lord The Almighty - A Musical Evolution

    In the summer of 1987 I was to play the organ prelude for our church service. I decided I wanted to do something different so I wrote a simple arrangement on the well known hymn tune, "Praise To The Lord, The Almighty". Following the introduction each verse gets a different treatment. In second verse I wrote a chamber music-like section that used a simple theme with a very lyrical underlying moving line that traded voices mid-section. I gave the piece a strong ended, repeating the theme from bass to treble three times signifying an "Amen" to the work. Here is the original organ piece performed using the GPO pipe organ.

    http://www.garybricault.com/mp3/PraiseToTheLordOrgan.mp3

    In 1997 I attended a concert of the Eastman Trombone Choir (http://www.esm.rochester.edu/ensembles/bone_choir.php) and was very impresses by their 20+ member trombone ensemble, with it rich golden sound and more low brass firepower than is easy imagine. I had the notion to write an expanded version of my organ arrangement for this group. What I ended up with was a work for double trombone choirs, each choir of ATTTB. It was performed the following year in the massive Eastman Theatre. Here is that arrangement rendered with GPO/JABB trombones.

    http://www.garybricault.com/mp3/PraiseToTheLordTromb.mp3

    Some time later I was contact by Nigel Horne of the UK (http://www.bandsman.co.uk/index.htm). He expressed interest in further arranging my work for brass band. After some discussion on the matter he produced a wonderful work, full of all the flair and finesse it justly deserved. Here is the that arrangement rendered with GPO/JABB brass and percussion.

    http://www.garybricault.com/mp3/PraiseToTheLordBB.mp3

    However, the story does not end there. In 1999 I made contact with the New England Brass Band (http://www.newenglandbrassband.org/). It just so happened that they were looking for new music, both for performance and also for a new CD they were about to record. They took immediate interest in Mr. Horne's brass band piece. The recording was made during 2000 in Boston Symphony Hall and the CD released the following year. Here is their performance, used by permission, of Mr. Horne's arrangement.

    http://www.garybricault.com/mp3/PraiseToTheLordTheAlmightNEBB.mp3

    This recording provides an interest comparison of the GPO/JABB rendering against a live performance. Of course the NEBB is using traditional cornets, tenor horns, etc. vs the trumpets and French Horns of the GPO and in a very historic performance setting. Incidentally, whereas the center chamber music-like section is not especially difficult on the keyboard, it is fiendishly difficult when played on the respective brass instruments!!

    I hope you have enjoyed this music journey and evolution.

    Gary

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    Re: Praise To The Lord The Almighty - A Musical Evolution

    Thanks for posting this one Gary. Its nice to hear something come from the sample libraries and then be realise by the real musicians (very nicely too ). Often we hear things the other way round...something familiar reproduced, using the samples.

    Good encouragement for those like myself who have yet to have our compositions performed by living, breathing folk.

    It almost goes without saying what a great arrangement it is Enjoyed listening to all the versions very much....

    Tom.
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    Nice arrangement Gary, I fealt like I was at the Crystal Cathedral!

    Dan

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    A most interesting story -- and journey.

    The NEBB performance of Horne's arrangement... now that was a real treat! Just excellent!

    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
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    Re: Praise To The Lord The Almighty - A Musical Evolution

    Quote Originally Posted by tboswell
    Thanks for posting this one Gary. Its nice to hear something come from the sample libraries and then be realise by the real musicians (very nicely too ). Often we hear things the other way round...something familiar reproduced, using the samples.

    Good encouragement for those like myself who have yet to have our compositions performed by living, breathing folk.

    It almost goes without saying what a great arrangement it is Enjoyed listening to all the versions very much....

    Tom.
    Hi Tom,

    Thanks for your comments and thoughts on writing and performance. The GPO libraries have certainly been a huge benefit to its users in being able to produce final output that is realisitic enough to use as demonstation or production material. I encourage you to look through the postings in the forum and listen to the myriad of music out there and grow from the experience.

    I have been fortunate to live in an area where music is strong in the community, in the school and colleges as well as the professional performance venues. As such it has been possible to make connections and gain from live performances, published works and other musical situations.

    I encourage others out there with a love of music and their own personal flair for it to keep on doing it. You may just get the chance to show off your wares some day.

    Gary

    www.garybricault.com

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    Re: Praise To The Lord The Almighty - A Musical Evolution

    Quote Originally Posted by DPDAN
    Nice arrangement Gary, I fealt like I was at the Crystal Cathedral!

    Dan
    Dan,

    Thanks!!! And while in the comfort of your home


    Gary

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    Re: Praise To The Lord The Almighty - A Musical Evolution

    Quote Originally Posted by etLux
    A most interesting story -- and journey.

    The NEBB performance of Horne's arrangement... now that was a real treat! Just excellent!

    David
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    David,

    Thanks for your comments. I think that the NEBB gave Mr. Horne's piece a fine performance.

    Yes it was an unusual one looking back on it, pencil and plain staff paper, and the organ to work it out with. Now I sit back and fire up Finale and add in the GPO/JABB for fantasic output.


    Gary

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