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Lo, How a Rose [arr.]

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Dec 21, 2012 | 11:14 PM EST
File Info
7.8 MB
3 min 25 sec
4.30 / 5.00

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Rated 4.30 / 5 stars
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1,779 Plays | 49 Downloads
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Author Comments

This is an arrangement of the piece "Lo, How a Rose e'er Blooming", of unknown origins, based on an arrangement by Praetorius. I really tried to go for a gentle feel with this, mixing both a more traditional feel with a more modern almost cinematic style.

I really wanted to do a solid production on this- I took the time to score it out and have various friends both online and in the local area record parts individually and send them to me; their names are listed below with instrument. In addition, I contacted a vocalist I had known previously and had her record the great vocal part you hear just over half-way through the piece, using the original English translation by Theodore Baker back in the 19th Century.

Special thanks to Camoshark for all the advice with the mix, and to everyone who helped record this for doing a swell job!

If you have any comments on the piece, feel free to share. I love to hear what folks think, especially if it's some constructive critique.

Flute- J. Azevedo
Oboe- [Virtual]
Clarinet- K. Bjarnason
English Horn- [Virtual]
Bassoon- N. Graichen

Trumpet- S. Hebert (A.K.A. the Camoshark VST)
F Horn- [Virtual]
Tenor Trombone- S. Gossner (that's me!)
Bass Trombone- " "

Harp- [virtual]

Percussion [Virtual]

Strings (Violins, Violas, Cellos, and DBass)- [Virtual]

Vocals by Anya St. James

[Virtual Instruments by EWQL; written and scored in Finale 2009c, final mix/mastering in Adobe Audition CS6]

Lo, how a rose e'er bloom-ing
From ten-der stem hath sprung,
of Jes-se's race is com-ing,
As men of old have sung.

it came a flow'ret bright,
a-mid the cold of win-ter,
when half-spent was the night.



Rated 5 / 5 stars

NAC Review
The arrangement is reeeaaallly nice and the samples sound fantastic, I found that sounded super professional so kudos on that. Sounded pretty epic too so you got me there. The dynamics are nice too!
The only flaw I hear is the trumpet's attack is a bit canny. The added vocals are A-MA-ZING, super cool!
Loved it
Even the trumpet flaw doesn't take you away from a perfect score. That's freaking pro man.

samulis responds:

Thanks man! I'm glad you like it, it was a lot of extra work getting things together. :D


Rated 5 / 5 stars

NAC Judge

I really like this song.. I like how it's almost unheard of. Some of the instruments felt a bit.. stiff.. but it's hard to make synthetic symphony sound natural.

I love the fact this has VOCALS - very impressive :)



samulis responds:

Wooot! Glad you like it, Chron. I tried to record as many of the instrumental parts as I could, but I lack access to a strings section. XD

When I first heard the piece looking around, I almost cried... it's really gorgeous and great to work with- especially because its sections are not a normal four or eight bars, but five (yeah, it's crazy)!

Thanks for the review, Chron! :D


Rated 5 / 5 stars

80 plays and 11 downloads. People are deaf or sleeping or what??

Great song my friend. Peaceful vibes and soothing environment. Great cinematic feel. To my ears I don't find any place for improvement. Everything is perfect. Many thanks for a beautiful song and special thanks to those who participated. Congrats :)

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samulis responds:

Thanks for the comment, I really wanted to get that gentle feel down after all the dark epic stuff. :D