[LAU] [music] Theme and fugue for Cariad (soundtrack and for part organ fugue)

Holger Dehnhardt holger at dehnhardt.org
Sun Dec 18 13:11:16 CET 2022

Hi Jeanette, I stumbled about the "Theme for Cariad" in Youtube even before reading your mail ;-)
I find it to be a really beautiful arrangement! 
However, there was one thing I noticed while listening. Many of the longer held notes in the strings swell quite noticeably. I find this a littlebit annoying but maybe this is one of the drawbacks from VPO.
"Jeanette C." julien at mail.upb.de – 18. Dezember 2022 12:32
> Hey hey,
> today I release two pieces which are closely connected:
> Theme for Cariad:
> https://youtu.be/niUZMYIfWEI
> OGG version:
> https://www.dropbox.com/s/o4awk2vd8va1v9t/theme_for_cariad.ogg
> And a four part organ fugue: Fugue for Cariad:
> https://youtu.be/Qmp7owQzteM
> OGG version:
> https://www.dropbox.com/s/86mnd1v6jtnjrgj/fugue_for_cariad.ogg
> In case anyone is wondering: cariad is Welsh for beloved.
> The theme for Cariad is a kind of soundtrack, a string quintet. I used the VPO (virtual player orchestra). It is a good collection and the best free orchestra in SFZ format I know, yet in this instance it falls short, being so very exposed. I suppose an even better volume automation might still get it closer. Still, I tried to really work on my string arrangement skills and none course worthier than love.
> The fugue for Cariad uses Aeolus, which eliminates any questions of sound. Great organ! It is a four part fugue, reminiscent of the baroque style. Only, I cheated and it would take two players, since the piece makes heavy use of all three manuals at the same time, which is certainly not historic. Still, it is the first four part fugue that I have written and again I'm very happy that I was inspired to juggle the voices by her.
> For the theme I used jconvolver/fconvolver with an impulse response of the Concertgebouw, very little else in the way of production. A touch of EQ and compression on the final master to glue the instruments together.
> If nothing else both pieces radiiate a bit of festive spirit or something to relax into with a cup of something hot in your favourite comfy spot. :)
> Best wishes,
> Jeanette

Holger Dehnhardt
holger at dehnhardt.org

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