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Belle Fugue v2 (JP4)


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drakonis

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This was originally composed in September, 2002 for a personal family CD of various arrangements of “Carol of the Bells”, called "Barrel of the Kells". This newer version has been lightly rewritten, and recorded with GB’s Jampack 4 symphonic instruments.

This piece is my original almost-fugue-sounding arrangement of my favorite Ukranian “Christmas Carol”, Carol of the Bells, as if J.S. Bach had written it. Ingredients: Warmth, depth, complexity, eternal romance. Dedicated to my Belle, Jeri.

I had done some research for the CD project, and uncovered an intriguing origin of this melody. It is a very old Ukranian New Year’s carol, called “Shchedryk”. The song is not about bells or Christmas at all, but is instead a pre-Christian song about the end of Winter and the coming of Spring, heralded by a swallow flying up to visit a farmer. When it was translated to English in the 1930s for American choir performances, a completely different set of words was used, instead of translating the original text from Russian.
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Lyrics
Here are the original Carol Lyrics translated to English, FYI:
Shchedrik, shchedrik, shchedrivochka
A swallow flew in
And started to sing
Calling out the head of the house
Come out, come out, head of the house,
Come look on your homestead
Over there the ewes have rolled
And the lambs are newly born
(2) Your animals are all well fed
      You will receive much money.
Your wife is good looking
If you get no money, then you'll have chaff
But your wife is good looking.
Shchedryk, shchedryk, shchedrivochka
A swallow flew in
And started to sing
Calling out the head of the house,
"Come look on your homestead
Over there the ewes have rolled
And the lambs are newly born.
(2) Your animals are well fed
      You will receive much money.
Your wife is good looking
If you get no money, then you'll have chaff
Your wife is good looking
Shchedryk, shchedryk, shchedrivochka
In flew a swallow.
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Uploaded: Feb 14, 2006 - 03:57:43 AM
Last Updated: Feb 13, 2006 - 10:16:56 PM Last Played: Sep 19, 2017 - 01:17:26 AM
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Hardware:
Dual 1Ghz G4, White Russian & coffee.
Software:
Composed note-by-note in Myriad's Harmony Assistant software & imported into GarageBand 2, using Jampack 4 Symphonic instruments with some tweaking.
Comments
urbnite said 4236 days ago (February 14th, 2006)
white something.
i think i may like these original lyrics better...

love the harpsichord! this could be an ad for JP4.

very nicely done... and i, for one, really appreciate your research!

did you try mixing your white russian with your coffee?
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drakonis said 4236 days ago (February 14th, 2006)
white something.
I have a whole little booklet of research that went with the CD, its quite
interesting... things like, in the original lyrics, "you have a beautiful wife" if
literally translated from Ukranian comes out "your wife has dark eyebrows",
because that was a sign of beauty centuries ago in the Ukraine (might still
be?)

Glad you enjoyed the mix, JP4 is huge and complex, and will take me some
time to learn how best to use it.

I never mix White Russians and coffee, though sometimes Kahlua & coffee is
great.

ttfn,
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said 4236 days ago (February 14th, 2006)
Wonderful Rendition
A fave of mine is given a facelift. And thanks for the historical
background.
K.I.S.KISMET said 4236 days ago (February 14th, 2006)
Changed my perception
of this song. Now I can seem smart and share the interesting facts I have learned from you when it plays. Clearly a lot of time and work has gone in to making this. Listened to the previous "Barrel of the Kells" very funny...this is just more elegantly so.
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Roxylee said 4236 days ago (February 14th, 2006)
Note by note
perfection. downloaded and favoritized. I never knew Carol of the Bells
had words. Thanks for the history. :-)
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ziti said 4236 days ago (February 14th, 2006)
nice dragon
really cool mix and arrangement....very very nice...my fave holiday
song and your reading of it here is non seasonal....kind of warm...

great work!!


deep bow

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RickW said 4236 days ago (February 14th, 2006)
Very nice indeed!
Leontovych would be pleased.

God bless,

Rick

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drakonis said 4235 days ago (February 15th, 2006)
Very nice indeed!
Hah, another keeper of ecclectic tidbits appears... thanks for stopping by and
listening, Rick, somebody else knows about Mykola Leontovitch's (and Fred
Waring's) historical connection to this piece.
ttfn,
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said 4236 days ago (February 14th, 2006)
This is superb
Thanks for posting this Eduard.
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elfdaughter said 4235 days ago (February 15th, 2006)
Beautiful
Downloaded and faved - a beautful rendition of an old fave.Well done!
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said 4234 days ago (February 16th, 2006)
NICE ONE!
Sweet little ditty! Nice composition my vital dragon.
perceptualvortex said 4234 days ago (February 16th, 2006)
Does that end the bolding?
This is really nice Eduard. I like the elegant simplicity here and the sound of the instruments you're using. For xmas music, I would choose this over Mannheim Steamroller. You know me: I tend to gravitate towards the complex, fast and confusing music. But your songs appeal to me in the opposite way, with their lovely and delicate structures they're like a peaceful rest for my hyper brain. Very well done, sir dragon.
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SlimGirlFat said 4234 days ago (February 16th, 2006)
Wonderful
Such tremendous simplicity within a song can be so very beautiful.
Beautifully played.
Slimmie
said 4234 days ago (February 16th, 2006)
Ah, yes... JP4
Brings us to new levels. But at least YOU are qualified for such
accomplishments. I only aspire to achieve compositional fortitude. Very
nice use of sound fields within this "chamber". Positively pleasing!
cjhoose said 4234 days ago (February 16th, 2006)
feels like a live performance
something about the panning and the reverb feels live. I love the harp.
And I think I agree with urbnite... I like these lyrics better! :)
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ChrisSly said 4234 days ago (February 16th, 2006)
nice, but
is there and html problem in these comments?
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drakonis said 4233 days ago (February 17th, 2006)
nice, but
Yes, there is, and it is completely my fault. For a day I had a missing end-bold
tag in my signature, and while that was in there, I responded to a post here. For
some reason, MacJams server programming *embeds* your signature
(sometimes) into song comments, and it did so when I had this problem,
permanently encasing my transgression in HTML amber, and effecting all
comments that follow, sigh. Mea Culpa. At least I am bold enough to admit
it. :-) However, I'm glad to hear you liked this piece!
ttfn,
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ChrisSly said 4233 days ago (February 17th, 2006)
nice, but
I put the end bold tag in my post, but it had no effect. But that's not important. What's important is that this is a lovely arrangement of this song, devoid of the "christmasy" sounds usually associated with it. The use of period sounding instruments place it in the renaissance. And the absence of bells is very welcome. O think I have to get Jampack 4; there are some great sounding instruments there!

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screamalexz said 4231 days ago (February 19th, 2006)
nice
a nice piece, you should sing the lyrics with it :)
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drakonis said 4230 days ago (February 20th, 2006)
Nyet!
Ha! I would sing the original lyrics along with this in a heartbeat! Except, I can't
sing. And I don't know Russian. This would sound great with a deep rich
Russian Cossack choir singing it, don't you think?
ttfn,
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John Stebbe said 4230 days ago (February 20th, 2006)
Love the organ!
The pipe organ is great! Makes me remember the Lutheran church I
attended as a child.

The ambience and reverb are very effective. You really feel like you're
in a hall with very good acoustics for this sort of performance.

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drakonis said 4230 days ago (February 20th, 2006)
Love the organ!
I did a lot of tweaking of the organ settings, and altering MatrixReverb mix/
settings on different instruments to get this to feel big but not muddy... sounds
like it paid off. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting, and for
"Chipping" in with another Mannheim Steamroller comparison, how incredibly
flattering!
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John Stebbe said 4230 days ago (February 20th, 2006)
Love the organ!
"Chipping in" -- I actually get that joke.


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Parichayaka said 4230 days ago (February 20th, 2006)
Very enjoyable!
Great job, Drakonis. Your arrangement really works, and gives a nice touch to Bach's composition. Clean, non-pretentious and well arranged, I ended up listening to it quite a few times. Has a sweet kind of "fairytale" like quality to it and warms up the atmosphere on a freezing cold NY day like this!!
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drakonis said 4230 days ago (February 20th, 2006)
Very enjoyable!
Well, I didn't mean to confuse you into thinking that Bach composed this, but I'll
take that as a compliment too :-) Actually, I made this arrangement up myself,
note by note, I just tried to give it a Bach-like feel... I guess it worked. Yes, I'm
loving JP4, still a lot of work to get things to sound realistic, but it is fun work.
ttfn,
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said 4230 days ago (February 20th, 2006)
Evocative, timeless
Very fine interpretation of an honored piece. You have created the aura
of an intimate cathedral performance, which is very hard to do. I am
most interested in what you have done here because I am working on
entering a Scarlatti aria into LE7 MIDI note-by-note.
drakonis said 4230 days ago (February 20th, 2006)
Evocative, timeless
I did do a lot of experimenting to get a good organ sound that wasn't too shrill
(JP4's flute+2 was what I finally settled on with minor tweaks). Then I used
slightly different settings of AUMatrixReverb on each instrument (Medium
chamber for organ, then backed the wet/dry mix back to 60%, large room for
the harp & harpsichord, wet/dry backed off to 80%) and a small amount of
regular reverb, and no echo. That's part of the secret for this sound :-) Thank
you for swinging by, and I look forward to hearing your Scarlatti interpretation!
ttfn,
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Magritte said 4229 days ago (February 21st, 2006)
You got JP4!
YAY. Finally your pieces get the sounds to do them justice. I really enjoy this reworking.
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dreadmon said 4229 days ago (February 21st, 2006)
Very dramatic
nice changes in tone and original lead-up to the motif, this really sounds great, Drak! Your arrangement is very tasty, I love how the organ plays off of the harp - great solid low strings. Your choices of melody and countermelody here are simply stunning and the flourishes at the end are sweet and sudden. You're sure working that Jam Pack for all it's got, beautiful job!
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nyakki said 4225 days ago (February 25th, 2006)
Amazing What A Pack Can Do
A nice version of a nice tune.

Mixed better than the original as well.

And regarding the comment about you singing... you can always get your
Mac to do it. That's my little cheat :-)

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lucas said 4225 days ago (February 25th, 2006)
Exceeded My Expectations
When I heard the introduction of the main theme, I'll admit I almost rolled my eyes. Fortunately, your constant extension of the theme and interesting call and responses really added up to a unique experience, akin to hearing a fresh piece of music that sounds faintly familiar. Great job.
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Bowman said 4102 days ago (June 28th, 2006)
A revelation!
New to MJ and came across your wonderful piece. What a revelation. It's
simply stunning. I love fugues and bringing that quality into this works
extremely well. Great harmonies, very creative interpretation of a well-
known piece. Nice to know about it's origins. That helps let us see this in
a new light. Also great use of Jampack4. Thanks for the wonderful
music.
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drakonis said 4101 days ago (June 29th, 2006)
A revelation!
Hi there Bowman, and welcome to Macjams! I toiled away for months on this,
and am very glad to hear that you enjoyed it. I'm really enjoying learning about
music composition, and the Mac composition/playback tools at my disposal now
are just mind-blowing. So, you're a fellow San Diegan? We'll have to get
together for lunch sometime!
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Enrique Gil said 4022 days ago (September 17th, 2006)
great use of software
great sound. I hope to learn to use mt software the same way you use
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Enrique Gil said 4022 days ago (September 17th, 2006)
great use of software
great sound. I hope to learn to use mt software the same way you use
yours. Thanks a lot.
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drakonis said 4020 days ago (September 18th, 2006)
lifetime beginner
Hi Enrique, thank you for the compliments. I appreciate them a lot coming from
you, with your wonderful talent for writing music. I am glad you stopped by and
enjoyed some of my music! I'm certainly enjoying yours!
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eanbardsley said 3961 days ago (November 16th, 2006)
gorgeous
What a gorgeous piece so delicate and moving.
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drakonis said 3961 days ago (November 16th, 2006)
Yay!
Well, if it conveyed "Delicate and Moving" to you, then I'm very happy indeed! Thank you for listening and commenting. I've been catching up and enjoying your guitar music as well!
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FEEL said 3953 days ago (November 24th, 2006)
What better way to get me in the spirit
Eduard,

I really loved this when I heard it on that CD you gave me. Really shows your talent. It sounds even better now just after Thanksgiving. Now comes my favorite time of year. It sure would be nice if I had a little dragon to help me fix all my midi.

Thanks for sharing...

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drakonis said 3953 days ago (November 24th, 2006)
great spirit
Hi john, Thank you for the compliment, and for basking in the holiday spirit with us! My wife and I love spreading the joy and excitement and baking smells and warm hospitality out for the next month or so, instead of concentrating it on one day... and as for MIDI, you're a pretty facile music-writer yourself. I bet you could teach *me* a lot of stuff! We'll have to get together and trade secrets :-)
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said 3943 days ago (December 4th, 2006)
Awesome
This is awesome Drak. Ive heard many versions of this and this is one of the best. Beautiful.
drakonis said 3943 days ago (December 4th, 2006)
Hey, thanks!
Very happy this is way up there on your list, and faved! Thank you for listening and commenting, ttfn!
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said 3935 days ago (December 12th, 2006)
Wonderful!
I enjoyed this very much! I also enjoyed the history lesson about this song- thanks for the information.
drakonis said 3934 days ago (December 13th, 2006)
History worth repeating
Hey Mike, thank you for stopping in & reading the description too... this was great fun for me to research, and I wanted to share. Glad to find others who enjoy the extra information behind the music!
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Mcboy said 3931 days ago (December 16th, 2006)
kool
bachian splender...another for my holiday playlist.......thanks!
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drakonis said 3931 days ago (December 16th, 2006)
McBach
I am quite flattered to be added to your playlist, McBoy! Glad to add some warmth to your holidays! To paraphrase the old Ukranian lyrics of this song... may your Spring bring you joy and prosperity.
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said 3742 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
Nicely Done
I like the way you've arranged this.

drakonis said 3742 days ago (June 23rd, 2007)
Reciprocation is sweet!
Thank you so much for checking out one of my pieces of music, and commenting... I'm glad you liked this arrangement. Unlike your gentle New Age style compositions, I was going for Bach... I guess it is an "Old Age" style :-)
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said 3659 days ago (September 14th, 2007)
Wonderful !
Eduard this is one of your bests, very nice sad melody !
I love the way you arrange your music, wonderful composition ! Great Post

Take Care Bro.
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drakonis said 3659 days ago (September 14th, 2007)
love is the best inspiration
This piece was written with heaps of love for my wife, so I worked hard for months trying to perfect it. Each time I write something big like this, I learn so much more about writing music. Usually what I learn is that I still have so much to learn! Thank you for going back and listening to some of my earlier works. The melody is an ancient New Years song from the Ukraine area, and it is my wife's and my favorite "Christmas Carol"... I tried to make my own unique arrangement of it. I have many versions of this from people, but I never heard a baroque version, so this is my offering :-)

You have a great gift for writing and playing music, Yeman, keep playing!

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Feter said 3578 days ago (December 4th, 2007)
Belle Fugue v2 (JP4)
just brilliant writing , dunno I didnt notice this
sweet fugure of yours .thank oyu for pimpin it up
at the chat .but hey !! where s the singin ?

thank you for sharin it ...indeed a real gem !

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drakonis said 3578 days ago (December 4th, 2007)
singing?
Only Dragons like to hear dragons singing... :-) Someday I may sing something, we will see. But this was a pure instrumental piece for now. Writing music is hard enough, singing is even harder! Someday I will be as good as you are! Thank you for dropping in and listening... I am very glad to know that you like it Feter!
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saymme said 3423 days ago (May 7th, 2008)
( :
BEAUTIFUL song...so Happy to hear this I lissened 1 to the Barrel Of Kells , both very great hearing You speak in the first ! It was You all the time? FUN!
This I love very much, thx for description it fits very well in now for us who live by the 'Northpole'(close enough anyhow) as May is the definate end of winter in the south! DL & FAVED ! Now I want to here a song by You I fell asleep to once lissening again & again.. It's so awesome-Border Merger with the violin: ) Lost all my dls so I dl again ! ThankYou Take Care
Lena
drakonis said 3423 days ago (May 7th, 2008)
Spring is coming
So glad to provide you with music that you like! This one was a lot of work to create... and so was Border Merger. But I learned a lot about writing music when I created these. My wife is my romantic inspiration for this music!

For the "Barrel of the Kells Intro", I was the "American" voice. My step-son was the "Fake Irish" voice. So yes, you heard me speaking a long time ago :-)

I hope you have a beautiful Spring up there near the North Pole! Feed the foxes!
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Char said 3273 days ago (October 4th, 2008)
I am sure the beautiful wife has dark eyebrows,
raised in laughter because you constantly amuse her.
Sorry that it took so long to give this a listen.
You are a master. I think about you as perhaps, not unlike the Leonardo da Vinci character in Star trek who was immortal and who was proficient in Art and science.
Fortunately you found your beautiful wife and did not have to create her only to lose her love to William Shatner. Thank you.
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drakonis said 3273 days ago (October 4th, 2008)
She of wiggly eyebrows
She is the "Genesis" of "Khan"-stant creativity from me... hey wait! Are you a Trekkie too? The Da Vinci one was one of the old originals.

Anyway, thank you for listening and enjoying this with us... she too is very creative and amuses me just as much, wiggling her dark eyebrows at me often :-)

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MarkHolbrook said 3193 days ago (December 24th, 2008)
As usual stunning Sir Eduard!
I'm finally trying to head back into your lengthy catalog of greats!
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drakonis said 3192 days ago (December 24th, 2008)
romantic gifts to the wife...
She enjoys this (or at least the thought :-) )... thank you Sir Mark, for visiting my various notes! It took me years to put these all together, so take your time!

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ConnieO said 2835 days ago (December 16th, 2009)
Belle Fugue
Love it Eduard...sounds like very much work and love went into this arrangement and the preparation mindset for it. I didn't realize it wasn't about bells or
Christmas. Thanks for the research.
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drakonis said 2835 days ago (December 16th, 2009)
I put lots into everything I do for her
But it is always so much fun... this was work and complicated (for me anyway), and I'm glad you like the result too! Thank you for listening to my version... and thank you for sharing your wonderful version too, I really like yours!
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