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I Saw Three Ships

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This is a brass quintet arrangement of the English carol, ‘I saw three ships come sailing in’ done exclusively on Notion for iPhone (mostly on a daily bus ride to work!). Sometimes, saved to iCloud, I opened it on my iPad or Notion for Mac to have more screen space. This piece highlights the sampled sounds of the London Symphony Orchestra and others, brass specifically tested and highlighted here.

I relished using the different brass techniques throughout including straight mutes, glissandi, horn hand stopping, and flutter tonguing in the high trumpet in the second last bar.

At different stages of this piece, I input some notes using my Apple pencil on the iPad. Mobile technology is here to stay and I plan to use it as much as possible to create music truly ‘on the go’, or on the bus! Thank you, Notion for allowing this quality of sampled sounds to be available at a reasonable price!

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Crystalline Carol Collaboration

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This is the second version of this piece, now with the collaborative fusion of two perspectives with the Percussions, Mix and Master by Ramesh Krishnan.  Ramesh adds an ethnic interpretation of all drums and their evocative colours.  His mixing and mastering adds a clarity and ambiance giving the piece a more expressive quality.  We hope you enjoy.  Please repost and share your comments.

A cold, still winter’s night.  The aurora borealis-lit sky shimmers and reflects off icy-laced branches of evergreens.  Wisps of snow fall from the tops of boughs as night creatures explore their world.
This seasonal piece is represented by two carols, O come, O Come Emmanuel and Carol of the Bells.  The piece finishes with the fading of ‘Ding, dong, ding, dong…” in the pizzicato cello.  Icy effects provided by sord. violins, violin harmonics, muted trumpets and hand-stopped French Horns.  The celesta adds to create this magical atmosphere.

Crystalline Carol

Crystalline Carol

Crystalline Carol

A cold, still winter’s night.  The aurora borealis-lit sky shimmers and reflects off icy-laced branches of evergreens.  Wisps of snow fall from the tops of boughs as night creatures explore their world.

This seasonal piece is represented by two carols, O come, O Come, Emmanuel and Carol of the Bells.  The piece finishes with the fading of ‘Ding, dong, ding, dong…” in the pizzicato cello.

Icy effects provided by sord. violins, violin harmonics, muted trumpets and hand-stopped French Horns.  The celesta adds to create this magical atmosphere.

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Name that Christmas Tune

Christmas Challenge

How many of these Christmas favourites can you name in this famous Christmas arrangement by Leroy Anderson played by the Boston Pops Orchestra?

Here’s a list…

Joy To the World; Deck the Halls; God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; Good King Wenceslas; Hark! The Herald Angels Sing; Silent Night; Jingle Bells and Adeste Fideles

If you are interested in the background of this collection/arrangement, see here.

Still a Christmas Favourite

Mannheim Steamroller

Christmas Extraordinaire

After so many years, this collection of traditional Christmas pieces still provides a eclectic variety of holiday pieces, something for almost everyone.  There are others available from this group, easily found online.  Get in the Christmas spirit and play some music!

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