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Hello guys,So now that we are pumped from a success, I think we should begin brainstorming again so we can have something done by November :PI'm fine with trying anything, but from my experience we should factor in some things:1. The more specific parts we have, the harder it is to record. People will sign up and never check our group again. If we write pieces with 9 parts--marked high w.w., high strings, high brass, middle brass, middle w.w., low brass, basses, low strings, and percussion (as an example)--then it would be much easier to get each one done. We have a consistent flute, cornet, horn section XD, bass clarinet, trombone, euphonium, percussion, cello, and violin (I think. May be wrong) so every part could be covered.2. We can also take existing songs and mold them to our flexible format (Pops songs, standard repertoire such as Holst, etc.)3. We can't play pieces with rubato, or a lot of tempo changes. We learnt that with the Epic Battle XD. I'm not saying we're constrained to grade 1 music, but the difficulty should be from technical facility, not from tempo changes! Look at the march--it sounds amazing!My suggestions?-Possibly a Holst march (from first or second suite) arranged for our band. The scores are easily available in the public domain!-Beethoven's Symphony 7, movement 2 (allegretto) is a popular theme. It is lush, but with constant rhythm. I think it would be easy to record!-Original pieces. They don't have to be marches: we just did one. But something with a consistent tempo throughout would make recording so much easier! Plus then we can design them from the ground up to be compatible with our ensemble.-The Chorale from Jupiter (from Holst's "The Planets") is one of the most beautiful things I have ever heard, all without tempo changes until the very last bars! (an allargando) We could easily arrange it (It is only about a minute and a half I think). The whole piece is definitely too challenging but the middle is quite easy.-Mars, again from the Planets. It has a consistent rhythm. While it does have fermatas, we could change them into a 2/4 or 3/4 count in with woodblock. Plus it's in 5/4!-Minuet in G, Air (on the G string), and Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring by J.S. Bach are all simple, singable pieces that would sound amazing. All without tempo changes!These are just suggestion. Feel free to overrule them XDNow let's here some of yours!

Air On G String for Violin and Piano

2 parts6 pages03:1211 months ago4,137 views
Violin, Piano
Bach's third Orchestral Suite in D major, composed in the first half of the 18th century, has an "Air" as second movement, following its French overture opening movement. The suite is composed for three trumpets, timpani, two oboes, strings (two violin parts and a viola part), and basso continuo. In the second movement of the suite however only the strings and the continuo play. This is the only movement of the suite where all other instruments are silent.

The music of the "Air" is written down on four staves, for first violins, second violins, violas, and continuo. The eerie, interweaving melody lines of the high strings contrast with a pronounced rhythmic drive in the bass.

Chaconne in F Major (HWV 485) For String Quartet

4 parts8 pages08:497 months ago12,740 views
Violin(2), Viola, Cello
Georg Friedrich Händel (1685 – 1759) was a true European. He had a German work ethic, Italian passion and a Dutch head for business. And after training in Germany and Italy, from 1711 he went on to win the hearts of the British. He wooed them with his many operas and oratorios, and with instrumental works like his Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks.

Yet during his lifetime, he was renowned not only as an organist, but also as one of the greatest harpsichordists of his day. The public couldn’t get enough of him on the harpsichord, either as a composer or a musician. Evidently times change. However, if we take a closer look at the period during which Handel settled in London, we soon see that people were occupied with the same issues then as they are today.

The signing of the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713 finally brought peace after a long period of war, and with it a lasting balance of power in Europe. It was a historic moment, comparable to the foundation of the European Union. Historic, partly because it was the first time a treaty had been signed not on the battle field but at the negotiating table. For Handel it was a fortunate development as it allowed him to move much more freely around Europe. At the same time, England had not done badly out of the peace deal it had struck in Utrecht. Welfare in the country increased, certainly in London.

Handel brought together new and old material, but just what was old and what was new we do not know. Probably some of the work dated from his student days in Germany, some from his years in Italy, and the new material from his time in London. The German folksongs in the Air of the Suite in D Minor and the Passacaille from the Suite in G Major could well have been composed in his German years, as could some of the Fugues. Little is written about this Chaconne & 49 Variations in C Major although they were likely written for Organ or Harpsichord.

According to Grove Music, Handel's keyboard pieces were "all probably for harpsichord and written before 1720, unless otherwise stated"; specifically for HWV 485, Grove says "for 2-manual hpd".

Source: Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Frideric_Handel).

Although originally written for Keyboard, I created this Interpretation of the Chaconne in F Major (HWV 485) for String Quartet (2 Violins, Viola & Cello).

"Air" in D Major (BWV 1068) for Crystal Flute & Piano

2 parts4 pages04:146 years ago6,300 views
The four Orchestral Suites or Overtures BWV 1066–1069 are a set of compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach. The Air is one of the most famous pieces of baroque music. An arrangement of the piece by German violinist August Wilhelmj (1845–1908) has come to be known as Air on the G String.

I created this arrangement for the Hall Crystal Flute (http://hallflutes.com) and piano supporting the limited range of the instrument.

It is best played using the "GeneralUser GS.sf2" Soundfont by S. Christian Collins Software (http://www.schristiancollins.com/generaluser.php).