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whitebark

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Happy Holidays!! An arrangement of "My Three Ships..."
« on: November 26, 2018, 04:36:22 PM »
Well, the holiday season is bearing down on us once again, so this is a good time to introduce this bit of musical silliness - my arrangement of "I Saw Three Ships" for classical orchestra.  Not the most profound composition, to be sure, but I had fun writing it.  The score could use refinement, of course.

Score:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/fyuu7ynldhgmihd/I%20saw%20three%20ships%20v2.pdf?dl=0

Recording:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/u7ea2i2eh2uf8k4/I%20Saw%20Three%20Ships.mp3?dl=0


Cheers,
Jay

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Re: Happy Holidays!! An arrangement of "My Three Ships..."
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2018, 09:20:45 AM »
That was magnificent, Jay! Great orchestration.
 
What an imaginative and fantastic sounding set of variations. They made me bounce.
 
One thing: I wonder if the repeats would be better without repeating the two-bar intros and instead just returning to the melody.
 
Muchisimas gracias for the holiday treat.
 
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Re: Happy Holidays!! An arrangement of "My Three Ships..."
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2018, 09:45:50 AM »
Just lovely, Jay! I seriously think people should be seeking to hire you as arranger (forgetting about composing for a moment).

I waited for someone else to reply first so that I don't sound too enthusiastic :)

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Re: Happy Holidays!! An arrangement of "My Three Ships..."
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2018, 10:30:59 AM »
Great Fun!

 However the Oboes sounded like trumpets in the opening~!?  :o  :'(   :-\   ??? 

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Re: Happy Holidays!! An arrangement of "My Three Ships..."
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2018, 11:43:55 AM »
That was magnificent, Jay! Great orchestration.
 

Glad you enjoyed it, Jerry. This whole thing started out as an ear worm. Four years ago, I was walking in the park and that "My Three Ships" tune started playing in my head. It wouldn't stop, so finally I had to do something.   I sat down at my computer and dashed off this set of variations, and expunging the ear worm at the same time. I wasn't intending to post the piece in this serious music forum, but then yesterday I tried out a new brand of (legal) cannabis infused mint and an hour later "My Three Ships" sounded like the best thing ever written. So here it is. Actually, someone might enjoy performing the piece, so perhaps I should take some time and refine it.

As you noted, the repeats could be improved. I wrote this piece quickly and was a bit lazy. Probably best to get rid of the repeat signs and write the music out, with variation.

-Jay

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Re: Happy Holidays!! An arrangement of "My Three Ships..."
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2018, 11:52:04 AM »
Great Fun!

 However the Oboes sounded like trumpets in the opening~!?  :o  :'(   :-\   ??? 

Mark

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Re: Happy Holidays!! An arrangement of "My Three Ships..."
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2018, 02:09:06 PM »
I wasn't intending to post the piece in this serious music forum, but then yesterday I tried out a new brand of (legal) cannabis infused mint and an hour later "My Three Ships" sounded like the best thing ever written.

Yeah, I thought I smelled something funny while I was listening ...
 
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Re: Happy Holidays!! An arrangement of "My Three Ships..."
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2018, 12:11:11 PM »
Here is a slightly refined version of "I Saw Three Ships". Many corrections to the score. Repeat marks have been eliminated.

Score:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/cddwfcx2xm9bnum/I%20saw%20three%20ships%20v8.pdf?dl=0

Recording:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/2khga2z58krdu7x/I%20Saw%20Three%20Ships%20v8.mp3?dl=0


Happy Holidays!
Jay
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Re: Happy Holidays!! An arrangement of "My Three Ships..."
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2018, 05:33:04 PM »
I like it! Very inventive...
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Re: Happy Holidays!! An arrangement of "My Three Ships..."
« Reply #9 on: Yesterday at 08:07:30 AM »
Nice! I could definitely hear this as part of a Christmas concert.
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Re: Happy Holidays!! An arrangement of "My Three Ships..."
« Reply #10 on: Today at 03:56:29 AM »
Very nice!  My favorite part is where it starts a fugue and then goes off to quote other melodies instead. Plot twist!
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