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Christmas Pastorale (revised)


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This is a new version of Corelli's "Christmas Pastorale," arranged by Scotty Hill (MidiOrleans) and revised for the Noel Project CD, "Splendor Bright," which will be released around December 1, 2005. The refinements in orchestration and mixing have brought this piece to near perfection. (Song description from the previous posting is included below:)

The "Christmas Concerto" is considered the most famous of Arcangelo Corelli's 12 concerti grossi, largely because of its final movement, marked "Pastorale." The term comes from the Italian word "pastori," referring to the shepherds who gathered at the manger in Bethlehem. According to program notes from Orchestra Seattle, "by Corelli's time it had become an Italian tradition for rural shepherds to journey into a nearby town on Christmas Eve and play their pipes in front of nativity scenes. The music most often associated with this tradition was a gentle, lilting siciliano in 12/8 meter. Corelli may have been the first composer to use this type of tune in a concert work (1714) in order to musically depict the nativity scene, but he would certainly not be the last: both Handel (the "Pastoral Symphony" in Messiah) and Bach (the opening sinfonia of the second cantata in the Christmas Oratorio) adopted the technique."

The music posted here is arranged and performed by Scotty Hill, known around MacJams as "MidiOrleans." As many of you know, Scotty rode out the storm during Hurricane Katrina, was displaced for several weeks, but is now back home in New Orleans, making wonderful music again. The Noel Project thanks him for this piece, which will also be included on our upcoming holiday CD "Splendor Bright." Thanks Scotty!

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Noel Project said 5044 days ago (November 25th, 2005)
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Authored by: thetiler on Tue, 1 Nov 2005 17:45:43 -0600
Love the recording of it. Like how the harpsicord sounds and how it
interplays with the rest of the instruments. The list goes on and on . . .
Thanks for sharing
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I got carried away
Authored by: atwood1956 on Tue, 1 Nov 2005 20:19:16 -0600
and accidentally fav'd this while I was logged in as the Noel Project. So
the Project fav'd itself, which is certainly within its power as a Project.

But I want you to know, Scott, that this is one of my favorite Christmas
pieces, and I was really surprised and happy when you offered to post
it here. I know how difficult it is to get a true orchestral sound, but I
find myself caught up in this arrangement of yours, so much so that I
am almost unaware that this is not a 'real' orchestra. Excellent!

Thanks again. I and the entire Noel Project are proud to fav you.
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What a...
Authored by: White Hawks on Wed, 2 Nov 2005 01:08:30 -0600
lovely song! It's so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

- Hawks
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Authored by: TobinMueller on Wed, 2 Nov 2005 06:55:14 -0600
Captures the grand nature of the piece and uses the pallet of strings
beautifully. Well voiced, with open intervals and gracious pacing. A
to listen to.
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Authored by: Mystified on Wed, 2 Nov 2005 13:18:06 -0600
This is lovely, Scotty.
You've done a marvelous job with the software instruments, and the
lilting 'voices' are sweet and sublime, with just the right undercurrent
in the lower strings to carry it along serenely.

Thank you so much for sharing this with the Noel Project!

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Authored by: Novatlan on Wed, 2 Nov 2005 14:05:06 -0600
This recording is really good. There is only one thing: Usually in this
music like this was played in a more "waltz-like" rhythm. I can't really
describe it because unfortunately I don't know what "synkompiert"
in english. But if there's any German out there who can translate...
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Authored by: MidiOrleans on Wed, 2 Nov 2005 17:07:35 -0600
Thank You Mr. Novatian,
About the tempo:I purchased this composition from
the iTunes Music Store with a performance by the Berlin Philharmonic
also Saint Martin in the Fields to check for tempos. The
Saint Martin's is much FASTER while Berlin's is a little
more rubato and even drawn out in places.
I don't think Corelli had the idea of a waltz...but who knows for sure
exactly what was in his mind. Thank goodness there are many versions
and we can then focus on the one we enjoy even if a waltz.

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Authored by: MidiOrleans on Wed, 2 Nov 2005 17:10:26 -0600
....guess I could always just easily
set the tempo up some in GarageBand to make into a >Waltz...? easy!

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Authored by: Nikos on Wed, 2 Nov 2005 16:21:55 -0600
truly an awsome composition
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A wonderfu piece
Authored by: Cydniko on Wed, 2 Nov 2005 19:08:23 -0600
And it's beautifully executed...

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Authored by: babybrunette27 on Fri, 4 Nov 2005 14:40:07 -0600
my comments
my first
time doing
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Wonderful Job Scotty!
Authored by: digitalnirvana9 on Mon, 7 Nov 2005 23:11:01 -0600
My only suggestion and this MAY be a by product of the MP3
, but if it isn't, I would EQ some of the highs off the strings on the right
channel...Its a little too bright and tips-off the software
instrumentation..Aside for that you did a brilliant job that, I'm sure,
required lots of work to attain...Peace to you, Digitalnirvana9
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Excellent sound
Authored by: John Stebbe on Tue, 8 Nov 2005 13:02:58 -0600
What a great "synth" orchestra sound! And it sounds authentic. You
have to listen for a long time to get the idea that the orchestra is
virtual. Obviously Scotty has spent many an hour experimenting with
virtual orchestra sounds, to the benefit of MacJammers everywhere.
Thanks for this gift.

John Stebbe
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notsosweet said 5044 days ago (November 25th, 2005)
You've created a wonderful balance with all the instrument sounds -
which makes this an incredibly rich sounding piece. Fantastic job!
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Tom Atwood said 5044 days ago (November 26th, 2005)
Scotty, I have enjoyed listening to this piece evolve over the past
month. I know how difficult it can be to get the 'sound' you have
achieved here. Excellent. Thanks again for letting us include it on
"Splendor Bright."
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elena said 5044 days ago (November 26th, 2005)
impressive! i`m new on macjams and didn`t expect to find a piece of
Corelli. Nothing like classic to understand the impact of music in our
minds and souls.
again congrats for the rendering of the piece.

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whispering said 5044 days ago (November 26th, 2005)
wonderfull music
I am very new on creating music with garageband and i have no idea how
a piece like this is created. I only know that it sounds great and very much
in balance.
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perceptualvortex said 5044 days ago (November 26th, 2005)
Wow, excellent Scotty. What a great listen! I think the strings sound excellent; the harpsichord has a nice sound, but could use a stronger more percussive attack. Well, that's my ears, maybe that wouldn't mix with the flowing of the strings. Anyway, I love it.
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TobinMueller said 5042 days ago (November 28th, 2005)
Excellent. Everything is just right. So good!
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aclarke said 5042 days ago (November 28th, 2005)
Need anymore be said? Beautiful.
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aclarke said 5041 days ago (November 28th, 2005)
Need anymore be said? Beautiful.
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aclarke said 5041 days ago (November 28th, 2005)
Okay... so I did say it twice :)

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thetiler said 5039 days ago (December 1st, 2005)
Really like how the cello and bass (I think) gets powerful at times. Very,
very nice. I think scott has a flair for that effect and really makes the
sound professionally done. Puts the finishing touches just in the right
places. Love this type of music.
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Noel Project said 5015 days ago (December 25th, 2005)
Merry Christmas!
Thanks again Scotty for this lovely orchestration.
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Feter said 4209 days ago (March 10th, 2008)
Christmas Pastorale
this is just incredible my friend ...the viloins
sound so so real ...realy show how hard work
you ve done with these ...thnx alot for sharin such
gem !
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