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Pavane pour une Infante Defunte



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Ravel's famous piano piece, arranged for 9 recorders.
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Uploaded: Jan 15, 2017 - 09:59:36 AM
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Kueng recorders: soprano through contrabass
Warren Smith said 768 days ago (January 15th, 2017)
Wow! This is such a beautifully sustained recording. Simply superb.

I'm going to take your word there are nine recorders in operation here. I tried to, ah, un-ravel them, but couldn't do it : )
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jfisenne said 767 days ago (January 15th, 2017)
I always liked this piece. You sir, have a done a fine job with this.
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H3nry said 767 days ago (January 15th, 2017)
You're brave to tackle the impressionists with what are thought of as renaissance instruments. It works. The new contrabass adds a nice weight to the ensemble. Well done!
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paul f. page said 767 days ago (January 16th, 2017)
Impressive project...
...especially with instruments that don't naturally sustain. Through some magic (and much skill), you've managed to blend nine tracks of recorders as though they are playing together in an ensemble. The results are a really satisfying arrangement/rendition/performance of this beautifully sad number. You must possess an extra lung to carry all that breath support! Such a pleasure to hear this.
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VicDiesel said 767 days ago (January 16th, 2017)
I'm not sure that I understand your remark about sustain. A recorder, much like an organ pipe, does sustain and if anything lack attack. So it's completely different from a piano. Part of why this piece works in my arrangement is that Ravel actually wrote lots of sustaining notes. And the hard part about this arrangement is that he also wrote lots of daa-dee-daa-dee arpeggiated chords. In that case I made the decision to (except for at the end) break it into two recorders, one playing the "daa" on the beat and another the "dee" off the beat. (You'll recall that I used this trick in the extreme in my Couperin arrangement: http://macjams.com/song/82540 )
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paul f. page said 767 days ago (January 16th, 2017)
...in the sense that once the wind stops (as on an organ), so does the sound. On a piano (for which, I believe, the Ravel Pavane was originally written), the sound of each note and/or chord DOES sustain across the length of a measure if the performer chooses to do so and as is characteristic of this kind of piano number. My Kudos to YOU for your breath support/control. That must be very difficult, especially when having to produce the notes with a gentle stream of air rather than something more forceful. So...
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Calchas said 766 days ago (January 16th, 2017)
Nine recorders!
I can't even play one. (I own two and can only get them to squeal! So I use the synth instead. Sigh...)

Nicely done Vic. Nicely done...

Be well friend!
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Philip18 said 766 days ago (January 16th, 2017)
Has a sadness to it that comes in part from the tone of the recorders. Lovely.
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Moses said 765 days ago (January 17th, 2017)
I got to take a trip without ever leaving my room. Beautiful.
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Vic Holman said 764 days ago (January 18th, 2017)
going to the nines
great job Vic. timing throughout holds steady and all the recorders sync with each other very well. the 6 minutes flew by.
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Dadai.2 said 762 days ago (January 21st, 2017)
This is beautiful indeed. Morning breaks as your flutes call. Thanks.
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Daugrin said 761 days ago (January 21st, 2017)
Thank you for sharing this unique arrangement. There is a quality, when hearing yer breath control the timber on sustained passages, which creates an uncanny intimacy. The notes go into the soul.
Thank you for this treat. Fabulous artistry and sincere dedication to craft! Kudos Sir.

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PeterB7858 said 758 days ago (January 24th, 2017)
Pavane pour une Infante Defunte
Ambitious project. Very well realised. Lovely, melancholy feel. Sounds just great. Ensemble Vic is on song. Bravo.
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Doug Somers said 727 days ago (February 24th, 2017)
Lovely adaptation
Well played and cleverly arranged too. You are able to keep the lines distinct and well heard, which I would think is tricky where all of your instruments have similar timbres.

A lovely listen, and thanks for the download!
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In past lives, VicDiesel was a country fiddler, a shawm player at the Burgundy court, bellows pumper for JS Bach, Geoff Emerick's factotum, and a beggar playing drums in the streets of Calcutta for alms. Unusually, the memories of all that co... [see more]

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