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FDP Forum / Tin Pan Alley - Songwriting / A movement from a new song cycle - comments welcome

Waggler
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Blue Jay, OH

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Dec 17th, 2010 06:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just finished a three-movement song cycle for soprano and piano. It hasn't been performed yet but here is a MIDI rendition of the second movement. The cycle is on poetry by William Barnes. This movement is a lament by a mother for a son who died young, who then consoles her in a vision. I visualized the music both melancholy and ultimately hopeful. Let me know what you think.

Mater Dolorosa

I'D a dream to-night
As I fell asleep,
O! the touching sight
Makes me still to weep:
Of my little lad,
Gone to leave me sad,
Ay, the child I had,
But was not to keep.

As in heaven high,
I my child did seek,
There in train came by
Children fair and meek,
Each in lily white,
With a lamp alight;
Each was clear to sight,
But they did not speak.

Then, a little sad,
Came my child in turn,
But the lamp he had,
O it did not burn!
He, to clear my doubt,
Said, half turn'd about,
'Your tears put it out;
Mother, never mourn.'

Mater Dolorosa

(This message was last edited by Waggler at 10:46 PM, Dec 21st, 2010)

fendrguitplayr
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Greater Boston

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Dec 18th, 2010 08:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm not registered with that site and it blocks me from listening.

Waggler
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Blue Jay, OH

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Dec 18th, 2010 12:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I guess I have to figure out how you and others can listen. Thanks for trying.


fendrguitplayr
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Greater Boston

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Dec 18th, 2010 01:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Box.net will work...

Free file storage

Waggler
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Blue Jay, OH

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Dec 18th, 2010 02:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for the tip!


kve

Crozet, VA

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Dec 20th, 2010 05:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's not soundcloud -- it is just the link you are using. You have a link that points to a user's home page: http://soundcloud.com/you/tracks

Fix the link and you will be OK.

Kevin

fendrguitplayr
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Greater Boston

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Dec 20th, 2010 06:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I did a search by your name and found it. Very nice textures and pro layering.

Your description of 'melancholy and ultimately hopeful' is right on. Nice work!

Found it

Waggler
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Blue Jay, OH

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Dec 20th, 2010 07:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks fendrguitplayr!
I fixed the link.


Waggler
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Blue Jay, OH

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Dec 21st, 2010 10:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here's another song from the cycle. It's a rather joyous "antidote" to the previous song. I enjoyed composing the playful counterpoint in the middle section. The text is:

The Surprise

As there I left the road in May,
And took my way along a ground,
I found a glade with girls at play,
By leafy boughs close-hemmed around,
And there, with stores of harmless joys,
They plied their tongues, in merry noise:
Though little did they seem to fear
So queer a stranger might be near;
Teeh-hee! Look here! Hah! ha! Look there!
And oh! so playsome, oh! so fair.

And one would dance as one would spring,
Or bob or bow with leering smiles,
And one would swing, or sit and sing,
Or sew a stitch or two at whiles,
And one skipped on with downcast face,
All heedless, to my very place,
And there, in fright, with one foot out,
Made one dead step and turned about.
Heeh, hee, oh! oh! ooh! oo!—Look there!
And oh! so playsome, oh! so fair.

Away they scampered all, full speed,
By boughs that swung along their track,
As rabbits out of wood at feed,
At sight of men all scamper back.
And one pulled on behind her heel,
A thread of cotton, off her reel,
And oh! to follow that white clue,
I felt I fain could scamper too.
Teeh, hee, run here. Eeh! ee! Look there!
And oh! so playsome, oh! so fair.

The Surprise

(This message was last edited by Waggler at 10:23 PM, Dec 21st, 2010)

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