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[REV1- lengthened to 3:36]

Thanks to Camoshark and the other guys in the AP chat for their advice on the piece... I spent an awful long time mixing and mastering this (much more than the usual "eh, that's good enough... just post it already!").

This is my entry for the RAC as Ireland. As you may well know, the Irish music scene is diverse- a strong folk element remains engrained in the culture, while there are certainly many other genres at work in Ireland. One thing that all Irish composers and performers seem good at is working with styles from any era and of any design. For this, I decided to work with a folkish sounding piece in 3/4 (6/8) and make it grow from a calm piece on (no insult intended) English Horn and Cimbalon (the thing that sounds like Banjo) to a full orchestral climax.

Most of my research was full of listening to Irish-sounding music and any folk music I had. One of my inspirations was from the Irish music hour on the local classical radio channel. On the other side, I based my "orchestral epicness" on the Elizabeth Peace song for Civilization V, which is based on an English folk song. I wanted to write a piece that was calm, beautiful, and had a feeling of both simplicity and complexity at the same time. My goal was more to embrace the spirit and texture of Irish music than to replicate it.

I'm not sure if the RAC guidelines are the same, but I can provide a picture of the score in Finale if needed.



Rated 5 / 5 stars

amazing song :D

samulis responds:

thanks man, glad you like it.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

It's just so awesome.

Funny how I get personal emotions with this song. I don't know why. I actually was listening to this while trashing the RAC page... sorry bro.

Shouldn't have trolled the RAC page... still, I want to get the points across strong n clear. Music is diversity, not secular.

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samulis responds:

Glad it touches you man.

There's a lot of opinion to music... I only hope that people can set that aside and look at it for its craft, ingenuity, and fidelity to the larger ideas than the "same-old" basics.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

I dream of yore girlfriend. ;3

samulis responds:

Um... lol?


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

In all fairness, this is very reminiscent of the spiritual songs that come from Ireland and from the Irish living in Britain. I've heard MANY (and I mean MANY) done along this orchestral vein, and many have brought a tear to my eye. If anything, I believe that is what you are trying to reference. Irish music isn't solely about the upbeat side of things, there is also a solemn tradition too.

Now that having been said, I'll comment on the piece. The orchestration is beautiful and the buildup is just the way I'd hope for it to be. The piece could do with a few instrumental inflexions.... you know, like what you hear when someone's naturally playing a tin whistle, and does a note-shake or two?

I'd give the musicality a 5, the representation of Ireland 4. You've done some wonderful work with the piece already, and just those little touches could add to the Irishness of the piece.

All the best with the RAC!

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samulis responds:

Thanks for the input, Trois. If I have time, I might add some flourishes, but I don't know.

Best of luck with your entry! I will have to listen to it. :)


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

this would make make great back music for a romantive rpg
and online peom

samulis responds:

Glad you think that... I hope some folks find a use for it. :)