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A joy filled tune for the Holidays.
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Uploaded: Dec 20, 2008 - 12:39:57 AM
Last Updated: Jan 01, 2009 - 07:04:23 PM Last Played: Apr 11, 2019 - 09:06:14 PM
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MidiOrleans said 3896 days ago (December 20th, 2008)
Very fine indeed
Merry Christmas, Charlie and Happy 2009 and beyond...
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Bowman said 3895 days ago (December 20th, 2008)
Thanks Scotty...
and to you as well.
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Feter said 3896 days ago (December 20th, 2008)
Shaker
What a wonderful peaceful hymn ..this is one of the
sweetest themes you ever wrote ..its so much holding
the folky side as it has the spirit of the classical
form as a hymn like piece ...the arrangement just
fantastic ...very smart move with the second violins
..kudos ...thnx alot for sharin such gem !!!
Happy blessed holiday my friend !!!!
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Bowman said 3895 days ago (December 21st, 2008)
As always...
thanks so much Feter for catching one of my pieces and for your always kind words and good wishes. Have a blessed holiday as well my friend.


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davisamerica said 3895 days ago (December 20th, 2008)
charlie ....
excellent example of why you are on my "notification" list .... Merry Christmas and this is beautiful
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Bowman said 3895 days ago (December 21st, 2008)
A list I'm proud to be on.
Have a Merry Christmas my friend.
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drakonis said 3895 days ago (December 20th, 2008)
I won!
There's this exciting East Coast game of musical chairs, played with Shaker furniture, where the last person left to sit in one of these gorgeous chairs, actually gets to KEEP the chair! And I won the grand prize... after the music stopped, I ran off with the Shaker Booty! (smirk)

Nice piece of string work, I like the Americana feel and the little flute melody is good. This does have a "Shaker dance" aspect, and reminds me a bit of my High School concert band days playing Holst's 2nd suite with the Shaker dance in it. Cool!

ttfn,
Drakonis



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Bowman said 3895 days ago (December 21st, 2008)
Musical chairs...
was once my favorite game. It still might be if I could find someone to play it with.
Thanks, and I'll be looking up that Holst suite for sure.
Merry Christmas Eduard.



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guitapick said 3895 days ago (December 20th, 2008)
I have a friend...
...who's a brilliant sax/clarinetist/composer. He's been focusing on Shaker music for the past 4 or 5 years. Done lots of research on the culture (diminishing though it might be).
I mention this because I've heard lots of Shaker music through him. And this is VERY nice, Charlie. Thanks for the sounds...well done.
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Bowman said 3895 days ago (December 21st, 2008)
I'm light years...
from a Shaker expert but have encountered and enjoyed some of their music over the years and wasn't A Simple Gift... by Copeland based on a Shaker tune?
Thanks Bob and have a very Merry Christmas.


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VicDiesel said 3894 days ago (December 21st, 2008)
Happy ascending fourths to you!
This shouts joy from the first notes. Great tune and well arranged.
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Bowman said 3894 days ago (December 21st, 2008)
And to you as well Vic.
Thanks my friend,
Charlie
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lengold said 3894 days ago (December 21st, 2008)
Gorgeous
Cheers
Len


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Bowman said 3894 days ago (December 21st, 2008)
So glad...
you found some beauty in this.
Thanks and Happy Holidays Len.
Charlie


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Moviz said 3894 days ago (December 21st, 2008)
I like
the wonderful Christmassy sound you've got here. Puts me in mind of a busy sunny Christmas morning with crisp snow on the ground and people bustling about delivering presents. All the best M
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Bowman said 3894 days ago (December 21st, 2008)
I've put on a few pounds...
I'm growing found of Reindeer and developing a hearty laugh. I wonder if that means something?
Thanks and Merry Christmas Maurice.


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egobandit said 3889 days ago (December 26th, 2008)
:)
thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Bowman said 3888 days ago (December 28th, 2008)
It...
was my pleasure.
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Doug Somers said 3832 days ago (February 21st, 2009)
A joy to be simple
I can't help get Aaron Copland out of my head when I hear this - it is a lovely arrangement between the flute and the strings that expresses such joy and celebration. In fact there are places where the flute sounds like it is playing a variation of 'tis a Joy to be Simple'. As Drak said it has an American feel to it which I think you captured brilliantly.

Small nit - there sounds like an odd note in the violins at 1:02 which I don't hear repeated as an interval anywhere else. Given the reasonably straightforward harmonies I wonder if this note is in integrity with the rest of the piece.

Lovely work again Charlie!
All the best,
Doug
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Bowman said 3831 days ago (February 23rd, 2009)
Thanks again
for another careful listen and for your kind and encouraging comments Doug.

As for that string note you correctly heard heard at 1:02, it is for better or not, intentional.

Even in a piece as harmonious as Shaker there is a part of me that loves to flirt with dissonance. It's actually one of my favorite moments, suggesting a hint of discord, but you have a point that it's out of character and perhaps threatens the integrity of the whole. I guess a part of me just shies away from unblemished beauty. But I love discussing intentions and how others interpret them I sometimes wish there where more of that here.
As usual great comments from you Doug and thanks,
Best,
Charlie


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Reinholt56 said 3005 days ago (May 30th, 2011)
Hi Charles.......
This first version of your Shaker theme is one I had missed. The piece really evokes those glorious times in America's past where everything was simple, homely and a blessing.

I must check through your pieces to see what else I may have missed.

Take care.

Paul
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