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Aug 25, 2012 | 8:55 PM EDT
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4.28 / 5.00

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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 4 / 5 stars

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.

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samulis responds:

Hehe, maybe next RAC.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Classic work. Problem is the song doesn't fully represent Ireland. It is the land of Celtic folk. Energetic, fast and joyful (Ireland is full of drunkards like me...) At least you should have added solo fiddle or bagpipe.

Overall it's really nice. I have nothing to judge for the arrangement itself. Everything else is perfect. But not the theme. You missed it.

samulis responds:

I should put a sign saying "read trois' review, it explains things better". :/


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Your work is INCREDIBLE. Honestly.
Are you classically trained?

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samulis responds:

Only two years of theory and what I have taught myself about orchestration. I'm really glad you like it. :)


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Beautifull piece really well written, the only but is that it does not give a very Irish feeling.
Good luck with RAC7!

samulis responds:

Thanks for the comment.


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. :)