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Dreams of Yore

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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.

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The Instrumentation is very nice, and the Theme, if that is the right Word for it, strikes me as very nicely-developed; the Melody flows very nicely overall, though I felt as though it concluded at about 2:08, so that it picked up again struck me as rather odd, and this is my only major Complaint, and, though I thought the addition was nice enough, I think there could have been more Buildup, and there seems to be an odd Buzzing towards the End, though I think this may simply be a technical Error of some Kind.

Overall, however, it strikes me as very well put-together and sits very nicely in the Ear and lingers pleasingly in the Mind.

I have also sent you a PM regarding this song, but not directly relating to its Content.

samulis responds:

I'm glad you liked the piece. The buzzing at the end is indeed a technical glitch, but one that is a bugger to fix. The pick up at 2:08 was due to the fact that the contest required the song to be 3-4 minutes long.

I responded to your PM, thanks for sharing it with me. :)

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. :)

amazing song :D

samulis responds:

thanks man, glad you like it.

I dream of yore girlfriend. ;3

samulis responds:

Um... lol?

Dude.. should have made an Irish Drinking Song!! :D Just Kidding..
Whether it represents Ireland or not, I dnt know.. What I know is music, and this is some good music... 4/5.

samulis responds:

Hehe, maybe next RAC.

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4.65 / 5.00

Aug 25, 2012
8:55 PM EDT
File Info
8.3 MB
3 min 37 sec

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