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Days To Come - Woodwinds by Feter, arrangement:sschedra


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Feter wrote this classic piece and posted it on his profile as a music box piece. As soon as I heard it I was grabbed by the possibility of having the piece played by a string quartet. I asked Feter about it and he encouraged me to try my hand. I tried to carefully extract four parts from the music box MIDI file. Feter was very forgiving as I changed a few things to suit multiple instruments. After working out the parts I sent it to Feter and he sent back the file played by flute, clarinet and oboe, I think. I had never considered woodwinds.
Being a string snob, I was dully scandalized. However, I got the hint. I could hear there was something in the woodwind family that suited this piece of music. The idea of a quartet was a good one, but what quartet. It turned out the right combination was Eb clarinet, oboe, English horn and contra -bassoon. So, after a quick change to the oboe part, setting the instruments on a tight stage, and giving some rehearsal hall ambiance, Feter and I were both amazed at the sound.

Ladies and Gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, may I present the Damascus Wind Quartet performing their arrangement of Feter McBlues' hopeful "Days To Come".
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Uploaded: Jan 17, 2009 - 09:35:04 PM
Last Updated: Jan 17, 2009 - 09:35:04 PM Last Played: May 26, 2019 - 02:18:34 AM
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Feter said 3835 days ago (January 17th, 2009)
Days To Come - Woodwinds
You gave me such honor and pleasure workin on my humble two lines
glockenspiel inst into such wide and nicely framed harmonies you
applied ..thats just wonderful ..thnx alot Stephen I always thought
i would colab with you on a folk song ...so what do you know :-)
Kudos !!!
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drakonis said 3835 days ago (January 17th, 2009)
Well well...
Welcome back Stephen, first of all.. nice to see you back on the dama-scene! (sorry) Feter's piece holds up quite well to a complete reworking here. Although they are ALL woodwinds (and are thus hard to score together like this without making a muddy mess) you did quite well in trying to separate them in pitch, panning, and time to keep this distinct. It gains a lot of warmth being scored this way. I would probably have shortened some notes and phrases here and there to give more breathing room (literally and figuratively) for each part... but given that it wasn't originally written for winds, I sort of overlook that :-) Very impressive bunch of tedious work, slicing out the individual parts from the MIDI file like that! The mix sounds a teeny bit midrange-heavy, I would probably boost the bass slightly for the bassoon and lightly dampen the midrange, it has a light ringy sound to it. Not much to critique, those are very minor points... overall this sounds quite fun!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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sschedra said 3834 days ago (January 18th, 2009)
Drak
All points well taken. I just had a "doh!" moment when you mentioned breathing. That is an excellent point and one I will have to make good use of in the future. We would probably need a marathon runner to play contra-bassoon on this piece (LOL).
Thanks for your input,
Stephen
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Roxylee said 3834 days ago (January 18th, 2009)
You guys sure are talented!
I liked the music box arrangement a lot, but I like this one even better. It sounds full and rich. I know how much time it must have taken to get each part integrated, and it shows. Kudos to you and Feter for having such discriminating ears. :-)
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sschedra said 3833 days ago (January 19th, 2009)
Rox
Thanks for your kind appreciation.
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davisamerica said 3834 days ago (January 18th, 2009)
i quit ....
this is quiet amazing work guys and stephen man ... impressed and deep bows indeed . feter my brother u r genius !
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sschedra said 3833 days ago (January 19th, 2009)
Really . . .
All deep bows should be taken by composer Feter. I just placed his piece in a new light. No false modesty, just a fact. He has a real gift for the classical theme.
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Elevator_Funk said 3834 days ago (January 19th, 2009)
Yes.
Classical music and Midi files are not my forte, so I'll hold off on the critiques. But I should say I'm happy to see you back on the scene, good for you two on a nice sounding collaboration.


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sschedra said 3833 days ago (January 19th, 2009)
Thanks
Life got in the way for a while. Feels good to be back in the saddle. My son-in-law who just moved into our house is a gifted musician and composer. He has inspired me to get back in the game.
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bud said 3833 days ago (January 19th, 2009)
Fantastic collab
I loved Feter's original - and this is a truly inspired interpretation.
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sschedra said 3829 days ago (January 23rd, 2009)
I love classical music
. . . but don't have the knowledge to put together a real piece. So when I work on others music I learn. I appreciate Feter being kind enough to let me work with his music.
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dajama said 3832 days ago (January 20th, 2009)
Sweet!
Lovely stuff. This is fantastic. Great piece of music, and what a story of collaboration. Love the melodies on this, and I think the instrumentation is superb. Great arrangement, great dedication, and what a great result. Nice work, Feter, on creating the original music, and congrats, Stephen, on giving it such a great new facet. Marvelous stuff. By the way, great to see you back around, Stephen. Nice one, gents. Peace.
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sschedra said 3829 days ago (January 23rd, 2009)
It suffers a little
from my lack of understanding of the wind instruments (I almost passed out trying to learn flute years ago). But I am learning about the sounds and how the work together.
Thanks
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thetiler said 3832 days ago (January 20th, 2009)
Enjoy
the melodies, the warmth and nice sweet pic.


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sschedra said 3829 days ago (January 23rd, 2009)
Thanks Bill
The pic is from Feter's original.
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Char said 3816 days ago (February 5th, 2009)
How very beautiful.
No instruments were harmed in the process of making this piece? It really should be expanded and allowed to usher in a full orchestral movement. Not just one sweet lamb, but an entire herd of sheep on a verdant hillside. Yes, I'd like that. Thank you, both.
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sschedra said 3811 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Char
Great idea. I'll leave that to Feter as he is the composer. I would gladly help in any capacity.
Thanks,
Stephen
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scaustrita said 3813 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
Classical Music
I love when Artist takes on a genre that is not their usual style.
You took command of this classical style and make it your own, I am impressed!

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sschedra said 3811 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Hey Thanks!
Thanks for giving a listen. I like all styles of music, but until recently did not know how to participate in classical, other than to learn an orchestral instrument. Thanks to GB and Logic and Garritan Personal Orchestra, I can put some sound to the vision, so to speak.
Thanks again,
Stephen
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Angela_Hope said 3247 days ago (August 28th, 2010)
Amazing
And I knew it would be.
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