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Then Slumber Hold Me Tightly


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Andronis

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This began as a word-setting exercise for a Robert Louis Stevenson Poem, "A Good Boy" from A Child's Garden of Verses. It's actually for voice and piano, but before submitting it here I did some quick orchestration passing the voice and piano parts between various instruments.

If you're a good lyric writer and you can come up with something more "grown up" so that I can upgrade it from a children's song/lullaby to an "art song", it would be inestimably wonderful. :-)

Update: Hear 12 year old soprano Demi sing this here.
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Lyrics
I woke before the morning, I was happy all the day,
I never said an ugly word, but smiled and stuck to play.

And now at last the sun is going down behind the wood,
And I am very happy, for I know that I've been good.

My bed is waiting cool and fresh, with linen smooth and fair,
And I must be off to sleepsin-by, and not forget my prayer.

I know that, till to-morrow I shall see the sun arise,
No ugly dream shall fright my mind, no ugly sight my eyes.

But slumber hold me tightly till I waken in the dawn,
And hear the thrushes singing in the lilacs round the lawn.
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Uploaded: Apr 03, 2006 - 07:02:18 AM
Last Updated: Jun 03, 2006 - 09:37:15 PM Last Played: Mar 26, 2018 - 02:36:59 AM
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said 4586 days ago (April 3rd, 2006)
quite nice
A fine bed for a narrative or poem-song. Downloaded and placed into
my "for further consideration" folder. Thanks for the inspiration. Very
lyrical and luscious.
Andronis said 4585 days ago (April 3rd, 2006)
quite nice
Thanks for the compliment. :)
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Andronis said 4585 days ago (April 3rd, 2006)
quite nice
Thank you for the compliment. :-)
Check out my latest song called Hymn Medley for 9-19-2010
Morning Light said 4585 days ago (April 3rd, 2006)
beautiful and ...
too short!!!!! ;)NightBird
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Andronis said 4585 days ago (April 3rd, 2006)
beautiful and ...
Thank you!



I regret that I ran out of lyrics, and I'm not keen on repeating any of them to extend the piece. Now on the other hand, if I had an all new set of longer lyrics...
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Warren Smith said 4585 days ago (April 4th, 2006)
Great start
I've listened to your first four postings here at macjams, and I find them bright, lively and interesting pieces of music. You have a clear sense of melody and movement as you construct your songs. I don't mean to suggest they are mechanical - they certainly convey emotional content, too.

But there's also a feeling of incompleteness. Each time, just as I get the sense that something is about to happen, the song suddenly ends. To me, these all feel like great starts that need more work.

This is not a bad thing. When I look back, not only do I notice I have many chunks of music that never got past a starting point, but I also realize song-making is a learned craft - that you have to learn to end a song as well as start it. And that takes practice.

I think you are off to a great start as a composer, and I encourage you to keep at it.
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Andronis said 4576 days ago (April 13th, 2006)
Great start
Thanks again for your encouragement and thoughtful commentary. For my latest piece, the Rondo for Organ and Trumpet, I hope I have somewhat addressed some of the issues you mentioned with my prior music. I certainly know I will keep what you said very much in my mind when writing in the future. :)
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Bubowski said 4576 days ago (April 13th, 2006)
Nice Arrangement
I liked the arrangement, but that's got to be the world's highest range glokenspiel ! :-) Maybe that one could be brought down an octave. Are you using GPO instruemnts or the built in Finale soft synth? Just curious.

Kep up the good work!
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Andronis said 4576 days ago (April 13th, 2006)
Nice Arrangement
That's the GPO, and I actually had to push it UP into that octave because it had such a narrow sample range.
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maxruehl said 4482 days ago (July 16th, 2006)
Really Lovely
Could serve as underscore to a quiet scene of people strolling through
the streets of a small country town in their Sunday best. Nice work.
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