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Lament


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VicDiesel

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Lamento di Tristano, a 14th centrury Italian piece by the great composer Anonymous.

The start and end of the song are played literally, on a tenor and soprano recorder. The middle part is slightly improvised on an alto in G.
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Uploaded: Feb 21, 2010 - 09:29:00 AM
Last Updated: Feb 21, 2010 - 09:40:27 AM Last Played: Feb 21, 2017 - 11:01:56 PM
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2_Daves said 2734 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
Lamento di Tristano
Man,that Anonymous can really compose a great song. Great song Victor.
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said 2734 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
ah... wind
damn if you didn't leave us hanging at the end - but cool capture on the lo end for that drum.

. - Harold
alackbass said 2734 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
Lovely
Great orchestration. I like how the melody widens when the 2nd recorded enters at:32. Great chord change:53. I love the exotic percussion throughout the piece. I taught recorder to 6th graders for years. It's a terribly difficult instrument to play. To play legato lines smoothly on it is a real challenge. Your performances here are excellent.
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VicDiesel said 2734 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
Unjustly maligned
You're right, recorders are hard to play. They offer just about no resistance to your air stream, so getting constant tone is hard. Playing in tune it tricky too. It's a pity so many people have a bad impression of them.

Thanks for the compliments.



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DWL said 2734 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
A lament indeed
Lovely separation on the instruments and I believe you are rescuing the recorder from it's nadir in the school classroom.

Cheers

Dick
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Ed Hannifin said 2734 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
I remember this!
I have a version on guitar (mostly) on John Renbourn's 'Lady and the Unicorn'.... Which at one time was my number one LP for studying to.... Always put my head in a receptive space....

I like the drum part, which fits very nicely to my ears, both tonally and musically....

What's the instrument that comes in at about 1:50 that sounds a little fuzzy or buzzy? Adds nice texture on the headphone mix, although on my speakers at first I thought the fuzz was a little distortion coming through....

Nicely paired with the tune art, too...

Ed
VicDiesel said 2734 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
Fuzzy buzzy
All the synths on this track are Zebra, with the exception of that fuzzy thing, which is ACE, also by U-He.

John Renbourn? Yeah, something in English folk music has retained the spirit of renaissance music. I'm not finding this track by him online, but I can see the connection.
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MidiOrleans said 2734 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
Enjoyed
pleasing arrangement.
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DarkPlanet said 2734 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
Nice production
Renaissance music is usually good and this is not a let down, thanks!
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Jarvoid said 2734 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
Well
I could have stood a bit more of that me old fruitloop,often the word 'recorder 'strikes terror into the heart but in the gob and hands of a maestro recorderist player type thingy then it is a classy imstrument...that's you that is the 'recorderist maestro' thingy by the way...it is a compliment don't blush a ..take it .


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angelahope said 2734 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
Astounding
Beautifully played and executed. Love the movements.
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Brews_Lee said 2734 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
litelally indeed
soulful and velsatile.
crissew said 2734 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
WOW, this is awesome.
Love the darkness of this piece. Great sound too. Loved it!
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scofugate said 2734 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
Classic
Great song Victor! I don't know a lot about 14th century music, but this sounds amazing now!! Great Job!
Love the arrangement!
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drakonis said 2734 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
Your talent just goes on Anon!
Great choice of music. Excellent performance. I must admit that the high bells at 1:50 created strange harmonies in my brain (maybe just the overtones?)... didn't seem to fit the earlier chords. I liked the idea of the syncopated hits, but the choice of voice didn't mesh well in my ear... not sure why. Otherwise, this is gorgeous.
ttfn,
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VicDiesel said 2732 days ago (February 23rd, 2010)
Ok
that synth at the end may be just one too far. It's an arpeggiated pattern, occasionally unharmonic. I like the crunchy taste of it, but you're not the only one to object.

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Dadai.2 said 2733 days ago (February 22nd, 2010)
wow...
excellent recorder playing, enveloped by some beautiful music and that cool drum/percussion. My hat's off to you, Vic.

Jack
kipak said 2733 days ago (February 22nd, 2010)
Very nice
Your versatility is really something. Great recorder sound but the rhythm parts really make the piece IMO. Those drums really add to the feeling of the song.
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Bowman said 2733 days ago (February 22nd, 2010)
Every
so often I hunger for a soothing renaissance flavored work and this satisfies perfectly.
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dave_b said 2733 days ago (February 22nd, 2010)
Lament
Pretty and sad at the same time. I love that drum. The recorder sounded beautiful to me.
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Moviz said 2733 days ago (February 22nd, 2010)
Very
atmospheric. Love the mix of the recorder and (synth?) A really nice piece that sounds as if it's from some ancient eastern place, regards M
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Parichayaka said 2733 days ago (February 22nd, 2010)
Unique
Besides the melody, it's the instrumentation that I find absolutely compelling.
I'd love to hear more with this combination of instruments - the lower range echo synth creates a wonderful rhythmic carpet with the thunder drum. Not sure about the pulsing synth towards the end - your flute playing and the organic sound of the drums seem to contrast that synth a little to much maybe, but I had to re-listen as soon as it had ended - something about it.
Not surprised that you're posting excellent music, but this track I find particularly involving and haunting with its powerful simplicity and poise, despite the inert sadness of the theme.
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Rasapriya said 2733 days ago (February 23rd, 2010)
beautiful
Love your music Victor...goes to the heart!
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BLUES_LEE said 2731 days ago (February 24th, 2010)
This is tellible,
a gleat piece of alt, so velsatile played!
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Joanna said 2730 days ago (February 25th, 2010)
VicDiesel
Beautiful performance. My father played recorder, so I have a sentimental attachment to them. You are wonderfully accomplished -- Bravo!
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magnatone said 2730 days ago (February 25th, 2010)
Lament
what gorgeous work vic! i guess it goes without saying that you really know your way around those recorders! beautiful sound - cool idea to use this song.
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MotherofMeursault said 2729 days ago (February 26th, 2010)
Very fine
Your playing is beautiful, and your synth choices are smart and subtle.

That middle part put me in mind of Ennio Morricone's music for Sergio Leone's so-called 'spaghetti westerns'. (A bit of sentimentality on my part, I guess)

Thank you, Victor.


Love,

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Sigmund said 2728 days ago (February 27th, 2010)
Lament
Well played arrangement - excellent performance on those finicky recorders. If I may offer a gentle critique: IF (and only if)you are going for an authentic period sound, then perhaps you can find alternatives for the synths. Don't get me wrong - I think they sound great, but they sound like synths. Enough said. Enjoyed multiple listens - thanks!
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VicDiesel said 2728 days ago (February 27th, 2010)
Period sound
No, I don't strive for authenticity. My only aim is to make it sound coherent, and I think in that respect the recorder and the synths go together well enough. Unless you tell me that it's a complete mismatch.
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michaelkoppenheffer said 2723 days ago (March 4th, 2010)
Anonymous:
One of my favorite composers, as well as a justly-admired philanthropist! This is an inspired mix of new and old, recorders and synthesizers, evocative and intriguing. Thanks for sharing it...
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Stevie J said 2721 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
solid production
I could be playing an epic RPG to this track
nice job Vic


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Cameron said 2720 days ago (March 7th, 2010)
renaissance with a twist
Your recorder playing is truly artful on this piece; rich, full tone, nicely blended harmonies and most impressive of all, a smooth legato -- no easy feat on the recorder.

This renaissance-style piece has almost a middle-eastern flavor with the addition of the high-pitched bells as subtle accents.

I don't mind the blend of synths and ancient instruments, at all -- in fact, it is an interesting combination and I think that you are becoming more adept at blending the "old & the new".

There was slight distortion starting at about 1:53 intermittently through the end; the emphasis seemed to be on the mid-range at that point and it maxxed out my SoundStick speakers. Not a major thing but it did catch my ear.

Excellent recorder performance!
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