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Baal & Moloch -- Alembic Rag & Fox Trot


Keith O. Edwards

 Genre: Swing

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Moloch's Ballroom

Here's my annual Halloween swing number. I am no theologian, and so I am uncertain as to whether Baal and Moloch are the same God. In Divine Scripture, in First Kings 11:7, wise King Solomon is described as building an altar to Moloch:

"Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh . . . in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Moloch, the abomination of the children of Ammon."

"And it came to pass the same night, that the Lord said unto him [Gideon], Take thy father's young bullock, even the second bullock of seven years old, and throw down on the altar of Baal that thy father hath, and cut down the grove that is by it." Judges 6:26

I wrote this music imagining a jazz band playing at a dance in such a temple, and since most mention of Moloch also describes "passing through fire" I made the music appropriately fiery.

I think I'm finally getting the concert band sound I want. Yes, it still sounds like a pipe organ, but that's what bands --a collection of individual wind pipes-- are supposed to sound like! The piece was realized entirely in Sibelius 5.2, but I used my collection of favorite MIDI sounds. For the gong sound, I used the gong sound built-into every Mac.

The sheet music for this piece is available at a modest price at SafeMusic, a publisher in the UK. If you know a community or school band in your area, suggest that they play some hot music such as this.
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Feter said 4008 days ago (October 23rd, 2008)
Ball & Moloch
WOW ..Impressive ..what a skill in writing ..definetly
a mind blowing ..huge ...just so huge ..the sound so
authnetic to hear the peippe organ through swing style !
just amazing ...Deep bow !!!!
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drakonis said 4007 days ago (October 24th, 2008)
A toast to Moloch
Maybe a Moloch-tov cocktail?

I am always in awe of your delightful ragtime-era compositions, this one is right at the top of your efforts. Perhaps the part that really caught my ear (if I were to choose anything that stood out) was the little meandering bit at 1:18. There was something ingeniously fresh about that, it really made me smirk. Anyway, excellent composition here. Salutations for a Super Samhain!
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Moviz said 4007 days ago (October 24th, 2008)
As Feter says
this is truly impressive... what else is there to say except that you've captured the sound of a certain era wonderfully? You've done an excellent job with this, regards M
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thetiler said 4006 days ago (October 24th, 2008)
terrific orchestral halloween fun sounds. Seems like a lot of work was put into it as well. Full of cool fun sounds indeed.

Thanks for sharing !

This was very interesting tune to listen to.
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kristyjo said 4006 days ago (October 24th, 2008)
Great orchestration (or bandation?) Big and full sounding. I hear what you mean about occasionally sounding like an organ. It actually gives it a theater organ feeling - like this is accompaniment for some early silent horror film. Lots of work to write out, I'm thinking. I like writing out anything with more than 3 instrumental parts, otherwise I can't edit responsibly. Are these mostly GPO instruments?

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kassia said 3771 days ago (June 16th, 2009)
incredible composition and excellent sounds - however you are getting them. i would imagine this was quite a work-out to get all notated in Sibelius. very cool movement between themes and styles. it goes from a big band feel to an almost marching band type sound, and definitely that organ sound. very cool. this is quite an achievement and a very enjoyable piece. well done!
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Moviz said 3404 days ago (June 19th, 2010)
playing and sounds here... there's a real 20's sound here for some reason to my ears and it sounds great. Love your playing, M
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