The theme painted in this composition is very beautiful. I really enjoyed the choice of instruments and the clean mix that allowed each instrument a clear voice. The picture envisioned was that of stepping into a forest clearing upon a peaceful village of simple people going about their daily duties. I just wish it didn't end so abruptly. Well done.
Thank you very much! I'm glad you enjoyed the piece :)
I think I may end up changing the ending so it isn't so abrupt.
One thing that struck me is that I didn't even notice the ticking sound in the background until the composition was almost ready to loop again, being so entranced by the ethereal vocals. I don't know if it was intended, but I imagine this was to symbolize not only the birth of creation, but also the forward march of time.
Beautiful work! (I think I can listen to this loop for hours.)
Spot-on. : ) Scientifically speaking, the theorised beginning -- the Big Bang -- also marked the start of time as we know it. And so I began to picture a sort of historical timeline passing before my eyes as the planets and stars and other things formed. It was sped up, but I felt the best sound effect to accompany it was a ticking clock.
As for the vocals, I did my best... I am sick -- I've got a cold, mainly because I've been pelted by a hailstorm earlier this week, and so I hope the vocals are alright. Admittedly, I'm a bit of a self-critic, picking out little slips in the work -- but I guess I ought not to.
Thanks for listening <3
I absolutely love this.
This is one of my favorite songs and the way you have performed this has led me to believe you must be hiding a choir somewhere. I could not tell that you were the sole voice performing all of the parts.
Thank you for sharing!
Anytime, I'm glad you loved it!
(Vocal layering isn't new, but I started using it after realising that a number of artists I enjoy listening to -- Enya, Akiko Shikata, Erutan -- use the technique.)
Not every musician as the ability to improvise. However, this beautiful composition indicates that you have a talent I can only envy. Wonderful job at this improvisation. The climax that arcs from 1:14 to 1:36 was beautifully expressed.
At 2:11 it seems that you may have attempted to paint a harmony but changed your mind at the last second. It was the only time I felt the flow was not as smooth as the rest of the composition.
Other than that, marvelous work.
Ah, it's just a lot of practice. I used to be SO bad at this, let me tell you.
Glad you called out the climax, I got really excited when I played that haha.
Yeah 2:11 is an editing error! Bad playing. Thanks for the review :)
Did you play this?
I love this piece. I imagine myself sitting in a cathedral preparing for Mass. I wish this composition was longer, however, because it seems to end abruptly.
Yes, although I played it by parts since it was just a pretty quick composition exercise.
I'm glad you liked it, though it isn't longer because as I said it was just an exercise. Well, with Bach as one of my main inspirations it was hard not to have it sound like sacred music, hahah.
Thank you. Once again there is something about this composition that transcends reality. You can sing this in any language and the human heart from any culture will feel uplifted. Thank you for sharing your gift. This remains, as when I heard the French version, to be one of my favorite songs ever.
As PotentApogee mentioned, the phrase, 'To fight for futures that we will one day all embrace!' seems to be squished to fit with the intended melody. The melodic contour at that point in the composition seems to suggest a sense of importance and resolve.
I have to admit that I started singing along and perhaps, 'To fight for futures that we will soon embrace!' might feel less squished and lift the line to the melodic climax it was intended to become.
Thank you and may God bless you!!
This has a beautiful simplicity to it. I enjoy the chordal progressions and the subtle ominous sound that lurks behind the triumphant melody.
Glad you find it so. Thank you. :)
Another beautiful composition. As I listened, I couldn't help but envision a person standing alone in a desert as the sand danced around him, his gaze slowly piercing heavenward, hoping for a sign from God. Your vocals were incredible which leads to my only small gripe and that would be the chanting from 1:12 to 1:34 seemed too quiet and could have used a slight boost in volume compared to the piano. Love conquers all seemed to be emphasized because, unless my ears deceived me, I thought I heard it over the O Saving Victim verse. I would have wished for that phrase to stand out more in that second section.
Would you happen to be familiar with Jocelyn Pook's work? The overall feel of this piece reminded me of the same atmosphere that Pook would paint with her music. Thank you!
No, I haven't come across Jocelyn Pook before. *goes to research on YouTube* Admittedly, I was thinking part-Enya, part- the music that provided the background for Fr Robert Barron's DVD series on Catholicism.
And yes, 'Amor Vincit Omnia' was emphasised over the 'O Salutaris Hostia' verse. Can't say I remember why I did this... except perhaps that there was going to be an alternate version of this piece, but I haven't gotten around to finishing it yet, so I really can't say.
The context behind this piece is quite similar to what you mentioned. If you'd like to hear more, please PM me. Major spoilers abound. :D
Thank *you*, for listening! <3
The initial beginning to this song set a beautiful tone and the violin solo within the first minute was gorgeous. At or around these listed times: 1:00 1:31 1:42 1:49 the harmony chosen didn't sit too well with me based upon the overall emotion your theme was conveying. I love the way you transitioned into a very powerful theme in the second half of the song. The violin soars above the cello and I can sense the emotion pouring out. You ended this piece very beautifully.
This is simply one of the most beautiful songs I have heard in a long time. This music speaks to the soul. The harmonies in this song give birth to feelings of elation, unity, and peace. Call me crazy, but this song seems to transcend reality and lifts the human heart into the heavens. I can see that this draws influence from Enya. Enya is one of my favorite composers, also.
I listened to the version on Youtube and it seems to be an even cleaner recording.
You are blessed. I pray your talent and music serves as an inspiration in this broken world.
Thank you... <3
Your mentioning all this underscores what I yearn to do with the musical gift God has given me -- I yearn to reach out to others with beauty, goodness and truth. And oftentimes, when words fail in prayer, music -- either through sung vocals or drums -- speaks. I only pray that I have the patience and the resolve to do what I can, and let go and let Him take control.
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