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Sopra un raggio d'Inverno


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rik

 Genre: Classical

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Monteverdi is the clearest reference for this short piece I wrote as melody and numbered bass. I was looking for a software instrument as near as possible to the theorbe or archlute, and I found the Jam Pack 4 Harp quite enjoyable. Of course I would have omitted my voice if I could find something more fit...

Lyrics are the first fragment of a short poem by George Seferis, maybe the most distinguished greek poet of the '900 (Nobel prize 1963 - http://nobelprize.org/literature/laureates/1963/seferis-bio.html).
His poems are often of difficult interpretation, and this one is no exception. Stay on a long time with his verses if you want to discover their poetry.
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Lyrics
Sopra un raggio d'Inverno

I.
Foglie di latta arrugginita
per il cervello gramo che toccò la fine:
radi barbagli.
Foglie prese in un vortice
coi gabbiani eccitati dall'Inverno.
Come un petto si libera
si sono fatti rami i danzatori
selva immensa di rami denudati.

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On A Ray Of Winter Light

I.
Leaves like rusty tin 

for the desolate mind that has seen the end:
the barest glimmerings.

Leaves aswirl with gulls

made wild by winter.
Like a chest gets loose
have become branches the dancers
immense woods of naked branches.
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Comments: 20
Fans: 7
Plays: 226
Downloads: 181
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Uploaded: Sep 25, 2005 - 05:54:33 PM
Last Updated: Sep 25, 2005 - 06:05:23 PM Last Played: Jul 21, 2019 - 01:50:37 PM
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Hardware:
UA-25, Shure SM58, Clavinova CLP-240
Software:
Logic Express, Jam Pack 4.
Comments
protart said 5076 days ago (September 26th, 2005)
gabbiani eccitati dall'inverno



permodum pulchra est - clara monteverdiana memoria - solum armonia docet, nullum atrum de seculo nostro - alterum tibi dicebo

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said 5076 days ago (September 26th, 2005)
I like the imagery of the lyrics
Good choice of poem selection.
Normally I do not listen to classical voice - the only examples in my
collection are a version of Arnold Schnberg's Pierrot Lunaire and some
Kurt Weill / Bertolt Brecht works. I'll show my ignorance here a bit - this
sounds in its form, pacing and general melody very much like something I
would have heard in church 40 years ago - before the Vatican Council II
ushered in the era of acoustic guitars at mass. Your voice is very pleasant
to my ears - not strained. The mix is good - both the harp software
instrument and your voice sound like they are in the same concert hall,
perhaps with a sense that the mic on the harp is a little closer than the
mic on the vocalist - but it's a good balance. Well done.
rik said 5076 days ago (September 26th, 2005)
I like the imagery of the lyrics
I'm glad you appreciated the various choices that brought to this. You rightly
rest your attention on the mix...I was a bit unsure on this regard, and I agree
that maybe the voice could come out more. I liked too much the lower notes
of the harp, and I decided this balance on behalf of the instrument. Now I
would rebalance a little.

Well...as far as church music is concerned...I would dramatically start a
deprecation of actual horrible musical nonsense that is plaguing the so called
"sacred" music. That would bring us far, and maybe it would be a pointless
diversion. Pah!...enough!

Pierrot Lunaire is far more elevating. "Der wein den Mann mit Augen trinkt..."

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Emily Rohm said 5076 days ago (September 26th, 2005)
So refreshing!!
Thank you for posting this. It is beautiful. Your voice fits this well. If
you ever need a classical female voice, I'd love to help! (Don't listen to
my song posts for reference...they are not a representation of my
actual training! I did study classical voice and would love to return to
it!) Anyway, nice job!
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rik said 5075 days ago (September 27th, 2005)
So refreshing!!
Thank you sincerely for your kind appreciation and interesting proposal. The
versatility of your voice is sensible even in the restricted repertoire you posted
here at MJ.
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Mystified said 5075 days ago (September 27th, 2005)
Beautiful music
Beautiful verse.
Beautiful voice (never excuse yourself for singing!)
Beautiful mood.

Thank you for this solemn beauty.
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rik said 5075 days ago (September 27th, 2005)
Beautiful music
You're too kind. If only I could forward the compliments about this song to the
two actual authors...Seferis and Monteverdi. They jammed and collab'ed in my
brain, I think. One is played by his own music, sometimes.
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Mystified said 5073 days ago (September 29th, 2005)
Beautiful music
Listening to this again....I love the 'bare' simplicity of it. (And yes....isn't that
JamPack 4 harp a great instrument? It's perfect for this piece, and well done.)

Once again....beautiful.

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datafunk said 5075 days ago (September 27th, 2005)
nice
great use of the harp quite freaky nice voice = WAOUH kind of tune,
very nice!
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rik said 5075 days ago (September 27th, 2005)
nice
I thank you for the quite freaky nice voice...:) it's a rather polite way to
moderately appreciate :D
Thank you again.
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Del said 5075 days ago (September 27th, 2005)
Bravo
Opera, there is never enough. So great to hear opera on the site. Thanks, and I hope you share more.
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rik said 5075 days ago (September 27th, 2005)
Bravo
Thanks, Del!
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SlimGirlFat said 5075 days ago (September 27th, 2005)
Oh My
what is not to love about your voice.
Beautifully sing. I think you are the very first classical tenor to be on this
site. Welcome..
An absolute pleasure to hear you.
Thankyou for posting.. even if it was a bit short...LOL
I look forward to hearing more from you.
SlimGirlFat




rik said 5075 days ago (September 27th, 2005)
Oh My
Not so much...just a baritone!
...who knows, maybe a renaissance flare is coming out here at MJ ? :D
...it was short, because I wanted to finish in one day of work from composing to
bouncing...week end rulez!
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daphna said 5074 days ago (September 27th, 2005)
lovely vocal
and harp. We don't get much of this style on macjams. Please do more!
Thanks for posting this beautiful piece.
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Tadashi Togawa said 5074 days ago (September 28th, 2005)
Stopping time
Stone pavement.
Strange town.
Country of the far west.
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thetiler said 5071 days ago (September 30th, 2005)
a treasure
What a voice, but to put that kind of backround makes it fantastic!

Your an inspiration!

I needed that after some hectic moments today!

Thanks! Really! :)
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Einarus said 5070 days ago (October 2nd, 2005)
Beautiful
Not much to say which hasn't already been said...
Beautiful work!
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Stun Nutz said 5061 days ago (October 11th, 2005)
I'm going through your tunes
...and just enjoying the beauty...
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composerclark said 4963 days ago (January 17th, 2006)
Bravo!
Just discovered this, and wanted to say (a) you sing very well; no need to
apologize for your voice, (b) yup, you've captured a Monteverdi feel, and
(c) you are lucky to live in a country that has produced so many of the
greatest musicians and composers throughout recorded history.

Good work here.

Clark
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