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The Last Pavane


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VicDiesel

 Genre: Renaissance

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The last pavane of the evening goes round and round. It is tradition
that, at the end of a variation, the couple closest to the door is
politely escorted out. Of course it wouldn't do to have that happen
to the king and queen, so the musicians know to sneak in an extra
variation when needed.

This is the concluding movement in my Courtly Suite. That doesn't mean it's the last movement I'll write: I still have ideas for a couple more, and I don't have an ouverture yet.
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Plays: 258
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Uploaded: Aug 31, 2008 - 11:08:49 PM
Last Updated: Feb 07, 2009 - 06:04:06 PM Last Played: Mar 10, 2017 - 12:18:08 PM
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Melody: Kueng olivewood tenor and tulipwood soprano. Harmony: Ehlert soprano and alto; yamaha plastic bass recorder (twice). Drums: fishskin and synthetic Riq, cheap tambourine, framedrum and tabor. Harpsichord: sampled.
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Comments
yrp said 3275 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
"What were you smoking..."
:-) hehehe

Very intersting variations.It moves and changes more than all my songs together!
Good one.Will check more of your music in the near future.
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Char said 3275 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
You are playing all these things?
I didn't hear the others. How delightful. Can I play tambourine on your next one? Wow!! Neat!!!
Thank You, I have never heard anything like this. You are... FABULOUS! There you go. :)

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VicDiesel said 3275 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
How can I resist
if a pretty girl offers to shake her thing for me....

Eh, talking about that tambourine, of course. And yes, that's all me.

Victor.
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Alannah said 3275 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
Ya learn something new .....
... every day .. now why didn't I take you for the "renaissance" type ..... I had visions of Drakonis and Rebsie dancing around the May Pole here ..... I think I said something about putting on a corset on another renaissance tune I recently listened to ... so I shall keep my corset on now for this one. I like those interesting flute (?) notes ....
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Feter said 3275 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
The Last Pavane
Ahhh ....the music of the world ...when anything
in this world can just sit and listen to this
charming recorder ...just so awesome as ever my
friend ..thnx alot for sharin such gem !!!!
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composerclark said 3275 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
Wow!
Very impressive! And lovely music! You've done a terrific job here, and I applaud you for it... Bravo!
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DWL said 3275 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
Blimey
That's a piece of work :-)

Splendid variations and a great sense of fun.

Cheers

Dick
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Rebsie said 3275 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
Beautifully done
How lovely to hear a Pavane done on mostly real instruments ... it has an authenticity and warmth I couldn't have got with my midi efforts.

A very admirable composition too ... beautiful counterpoints, changes and variations. A rich and colourful tapestry of sounds weaving round my head. I love the slightly more sad and soulful bit just before the 4-minute mark too.

Much respect Vic!
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VicDiesel said 3275 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
Thanks
Thanks for listening and commenting. Your praise really means a lot to me.



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Ibstrat said 3275 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
Very
authentic well-written song.Sounds like you have studied lots of early music.Your recorder playing is outstanding.
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ic42 said 3275 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
old england smile
it is music from a court, long ago. however, the middle section had some whimsy of a modern time. it is masterful music. the playing on the flute is always an amazement, you are very talented. this is a joy to the heart. it is time to return to the beginning to finish the suite. i anticipate it. 0x0
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apb said 3275 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
Bring on the jesters!! ;o)

.. this is just mad .. and brilliant .. and mad and ..etc
I love it!!

I think I will play it everytime I win a war on Facebook's "Elven Blood" - as a victory anthem.

Marvelous. 3 pointy hats will bells on, off ;o)
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davisamerica said 3275 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
vic ...
think DWL said "blimey" and "great sense of fun" ... x2 vic .. fro me to you absolutely a wonderful piece of work
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said 3275 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
Holy crow.
A real musician. This is a knockout. Very impressive.
peacepiano said 3275 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
Melodies
Very smart melodies and counterpoints. The recorders are a real treat. The authentic sound of the percussion really finishes this off nicely.

Thanks
Bill
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jiguma said 3275 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
Olivewood, tulipwood ...... plastic?
Interesting juxtaposition!

I really enjoy hearing you play the massed recorders in your repertoire Vic. I always find these inspiring to break out my (plastic) one and have a blow.

I've been trying to write an orchestral piece over the past few months and am even more impressed with what you've done as a result. I really like the way your themes and rhythms change without sounding forced or contrived in any way.

Fishskin ...... synthetic ...... :)

Thanks for this, I am very impressed!
Neil
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VicDiesel said 3275 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
Thanks
Glad you like it.

As orchestral writing goes, this is not overly sophisticated: the harmony parts are basically extracted from the harpsichord part. That's a very simple way to get complicated arrangements, but it doesn't really qualify as polyphony. There's basically just one melody. In the past you've commented on my "Ma Folia" track, which is quite a bit more orchestral.

The fishskin et cetera bit is just my completeness mania. Kindly ignore it :-)


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five_extra_arms said 3275 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
Playful When The King Looks Away
I get the feeling the musicians enjoyed this even more than the royal court.

This is delightful.

Thanks for introducing yourself through the email otherwise I would likely regret missing this splendid composition.

Bob

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Bowman said 3275 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
A raw beauty in this that I adore.
I like the live playing and very sweet tunes.
A real courtly treat.


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said 3274 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
The Dance of Padua
You make the 16th and 17th centuries live again. I am amazed and humbled by your command of both real and virtual instruments. A stately dance in elaborate clothing -- that's what I like!
Henke said 3274 days ago (September 2nd, 2008)
I played
the recorder too, in ancient 70's, but definitely not this well. Kudos for variations that never seemed to come to an end, but still were fresh like the morning dew. Really well done!

/Henke
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ceilidh said 3274 days ago (September 2nd, 2008)
brilliant playing
You are truly an amazing musician Vic, honestly. This is really a Piece of music. Wonderfully played, all of the instruments. Like the changes, which make the music very vivid and interesting. Makes you think what next will come. The change at end of the first third is really funny! :)
brilliant boy! :)
P.
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VicDiesel said 3274 days ago (September 2nd, 2008)
Thanks for the multiple compliments
I told ya you'd like it....


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ceilidh said 3273 days ago (September 3rd, 2008)
...
;)
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guitapick said 3273 days ago (September 3rd, 2008)
~
Very well written and performed. Didn't know that about the "last pavane"...nice new piece of knowledge...

Drums are a nice touch...
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said 3272 days ago (September 4th, 2008)
been waiting with bated breath...
for another one of this style from you; you know I like it.

I can't even begin to imagine how you conceived this delightful progression, must be a period thing. I expose my ignorance, but it is just right - accompanying drum selection with the harpsichord was cool, that really capped it for me.

Kudos, Vic.

. - Harold
Willywagga said 3272 days ago (September 4th, 2008)
Lovely
Gentle music, full of air and history. Beautiful tone and colour to everything. Fab.




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egobandit said 3270 days ago (September 6th, 2008)
Hey
this be allright
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Cameron said 3270 days ago (September 6th, 2008)
whimsical!
This is a very imaginative piece with high performance standards, especially on recorders.

The inclusion of percussion and harpsichord lent additional foundation and color to this composition. The combination of sound between the mostly acoustical instruments and one software instrument was excellent.

(This provokes all sorts of thoughts and theories about how "real" and "synthed" instruments can most effectively be combined for optimum sound. It seems that if the majority of sounds are "real", then the lesser software instruments can be better integrated into the mix. Good job on that!)

The timings on percussion with recorders and later with harpsichord were sometimes just slightly off, which actually lends more "authenticity" to this recording.

Interesting harmonies and transitions throughout. It's sort of a "renaissance journey with a modern twist".

The last 50 seconds seemed a bit meandering with the melodies and harmonies, but the overall piece is nevertheless quite entertaining and ambitious.
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VicDiesel said 3269 days ago (September 6th, 2008)
astute as always
Thanks for your detailed critique, and I'm glad you like it. I value your judgement.

I'm aware of the timing issues. It's pure laziness that keeps me from rerecording several parts. In particular there is one section where the recorder is first ahead of the beat and then behind. It was very hard to play a percussion part that sort of kept the middle way. Good thing that I don't make my money as a studio musician.

Ambitious: did you realize that one of the last variations is in Gb? It's one of the simpler ones (maybe contributing to the meandering feel you discern; melodically it doesn't really break new ground) but surprisingly hard to play.

The combo of real and synthesized instruments has been on my mind. As I type this, I'm coming back from a concert that featured a real harpsichord and I was struck by how unlike the real thing my sampled harpsichord sounds. In particular, I'm playing lots of contrapuntal lines in the left hand, which would sound a lot thinner on a real harpsichord. If this piece is to be performed live, it really needs a cello or so to reinforce the bass. And unlike the other pieces in the Courtly Suite, this one is not a traditional figured-bass type of left hand, so I actually need to write out the left hand part separately.

Btw, what do you think of my Kueng tenor that's playing the melody throughout? Lovely instrument, not? Fully worth its not inconsiderable price.
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kristyjo said 3257 days ago (September 19th, 2008)
I love hearing
The real thing as you present it here. The B section has a bit of a modern 'wink, wink' feeling to it. Very fun! I once played tenor recorder in a consort. We were very 'highbrow', and only played authentic early music. This is really great, because the modern perspective is clearly there, but it's subtle.
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LunaTrick said 3164 days ago (December 21st, 2008)
Super Galliard!
Very nice... great part writing and properly led from the harpsichord. Processional as it should be with nice step movements and quite lovely modulations. Thoroughly enjoyed!
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