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Brahms Lied orchestration - new song added
Last post Wed, Jul 27 2016 by Dominique, 13 replies.
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Posted on Thu, Jun 16 2016 10:34
by Dominique
Joined on Fri, Aug 08 2008, Posts 178

Hello everybody

Recently I had the idea that 'Oh Tod' out of the 'Vier ernste Gesänge' op. 121 by Johannes Brahms could be a gorgeous piece for orchestra as well. So here is my orchestration, mocked up with mostly VSL instruments:

https://app.box.com/s/ntch2kacdx9sqtcl0em0e2twmvp2uegd

Your thoughts and comments would be most welcome.

Posted on Thu, Jun 16 2016 13:05
by Fabio Biolcati
Joined on Tue, Aug 06 2013, Posts 197

Good Ole Johannes would have been surely plesaed by your work.

Fabio Biolcati
SE1 Bundle, SE2&3 Strings; Notion5; Tannoy Reveal 501a
Posted on Thu, Jun 16 2016 14:13
by Dominique
Joined on Fri, Aug 08 2008, Posts 178

Thank you for listening Fabio. I'll take that as a compliment.

Posted on Thu, Jun 16 2016 16:24
by Jos Wylin
Joined on Mon, Dec 03 2012, Belgium, Posts 665

Hi Dominique,

Although these Lieder were not meant to be orchestrated, you did a great job, not only in the technical aspect of orchestration, but in the emotional atmosphere as well. Your instrumental contribution describes so well the feelings and inner conflicts that go with death and dying, with departure and grief. When listening, I almost felt tears coming up, thinking of passed away beloved ones. Your music is not sentimental at all, but evoques (together with the original song) all the mixed feelings attached to definite goodbeyes.

Glad I could listen to this and thanks for your marvellous work!

Max

Posted on Thu, Jun 16 2016 19:29
by Acclarion
Joined on Sat, Aug 15 2015, Canada, Eh!, Posts 551

Really enjoyed the emotional depth you were able to pull out of the instruments.  Lovely!

Posted on Fri, Jun 17 2016 09:17
by Dominique
Joined on Fri, Aug 08 2008, Posts 178

Hello Max and Acclarion. That is very kind of you to say so. Thank you very much. I find the emotional depth of these songs by Brahms exceptional, and I am glad that my orchestration could preserve it apparently.

Posted on Wed, Jun 22 2016 18:01
by Dominique
Joined on Fri, Aug 08 2008, Posts 178

Here is a new orchestration of a short piece by Johannes Brahms I did. Johannes Brahms, 'Und gehst du über den Kirchhof' op. 44 Nr. 10:

 

https://app.box.com/s/y66d6h3n24fc7l5pjmhr20csyiqfue97


 
The mockup is all VSL this time.
Posted on Fri, Jul 01 2016 14:23
by Holgmeister
Joined on Fri, Feb 13 2004, Gross Zimmern, Posts 148

Wow, this is so beautiful. I just listened to the originals (like the one with Brigitte Fassbaender) and I would have never imagined such an orchestral work in this - you did a perfect job not only in orchestration, but also in a great VSL setup.

This is really great work, keep it up.

Orchestral Noise and Magick
Symphonic Cube, Piano, Prepared Piano and MIR24
Posted on Sun, Jul 03 2016 12:18
by Dominique
Joined on Fri, Aug 08 2008, Posts 178

Thank you very much Holger, I'm glad you like it. I'm thinking of orchestrating one or two more songs by Brahms on the topic of death. If I do I'll make sure to post them here.

Posted on Sun, Jul 24 2016 13:06
by Dominique
Joined on Fri, Aug 08 2008, Posts 178

Here is a third song by Johannes Brahms that I orchestrated. It's 'Schwesterlein' (Little Sister) from his 49 folk songs WoO 33.

The song is about a boy repeatedly asking his sister to come home from some kind of fair. The evermore exhausted sister - probably suffering from consumption - repeatedly refuses because she wants to enjoy her last night and dance with her darling. I hope you can grasp from the music what happens in the end.

https://app.box.com/s/h5n6vi1hp8gyuyxj86bfkkvrd4yjnd97

In the mockup everything but the horns is from VSL sample libaries.

Posted on Sun, Jul 24 2016 18:06
by Philippe BAYLAC
Joined on Thu, Sep 01 2011, France, Posts 341

Hi Dominique,

very beautiful and realistic work ! Bravo ! The mix is excellent too... Is it Dimension strings  ?

Thanks for sharing.

 

Best.

Philippe.

Posted on Mon, Jul 25 2016 14:59
by William
Joined on Sun, Nov 24 2002, USA, Posts 5640

Those are really beautifully played and arranged with a lot of expression.  The dynamics are really detailed and natural sounding.

Posted on Wed, Jul 27 2016 16:16
by Dominique
Joined on Fri, Aug 08 2008, Posts 178
Thank you very much Philppe and William. You can often read that VSL libraries sound sterile and lifeless. I guess that is because they don't have expression baked in. But in my opinion that's what makes them so flexible. You can (and have to) program exactly the expression you want to have. I'm glad you two think that I succeeded with that here.
Yes, the strings are the Dimension Strings in a setup of 10-8-6-6-4 players. And the woodwinds are VSL as well. Thanks again for your kind comments.
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