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Released: May 30, 2009 | 5:51 PM
Category: Classical
Application: GarageBand
Loop Use: No loops

File Type: .mp3
File Size: 2.86 MB

Plays: 1309
Downloads: 4
Weekly Plays: 3
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Statistic reset day: Saturday

License: Commercial derivatives allowed; contact artist for permission
This is a "concise" instrumental piece I posted long ago called "Meditation." I'm reposting it with much improved sound quality using a nice English organ setting. I wrote the piece back in 1996. It's kind of a modern harmony version of a Baroque two-part invention, minus the florid ornamentation. Yes, it may seem short, but it's precisely as long as I intended it to be and an appropriate length for a (quasi) two-part invention.

At one point, I thought this would be the opening in a mini "Cantata for Passiontide" with my "The Crucifixion" and "Jerusalem, convertere" and "O Sacred Head, Now Wounded" and my "Ave verum corpus," and perhaps a couple other things thrown in. Maybe the "Crux fidelis," too. You know, just a collection of things based around voice and/or organ. Some solo organ, some solo voice and organ, some a cappella. I suppose that's a possibility if anyone else is interested in putting that on, I'd be glad to work on a few more things to fill it out. I know churches can be so strict about their liturgies, though...certain things must go on certain days...which is a little confining for an artist. If things are so glued into tradition there's no room to grow, no new way to experience things.

(By the way, I use the term "meditation" not in the sense of chanting a mantra in the lotus position, but in the sense of quiet contemplation.)

You can follow along with the score here:

http://www.scottvillard.com/Meditation.pdf

If someone else wants to play and/or record this piece, that would be cool with me, as long as you give proper attribution to the composer. It could be done with organ, piano, harpsichord, or even two cellos or viola and cello.

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AMBRADUNA Artist

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Contemplative music in its purest essence! Clear and simple. Good choice of reverb.

Much appreciated - Thank you
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Lagusaya2 Artist

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Strange ... I was trying hard to hook myself to a main melody, but unsuccessfully...then I listened a second time, and now I feel warmer towards it! I guess it will grow on me. Why not repeat it a second time? It may help the listener to grasp the melody better.

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schubertiad Artist

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I think it continues to reveal itself on repeat listens, but I don't want to put a repeat into the score. That's just not how the piece is. Maybe that's my artistic willfulness but I had a pretty clear vision of the music as I wrote it. Gotta trust the muse.
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Rusticalia Listener

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I think this would work well in a liturgy, especially an Anglican plainsong.. nice work. If you were closer, I'd have my dad audition you for the organist job ( ours is leaving for greener pastures).
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schubertiad Artist

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Thanks Rusti, but I can barely play. This one is only two parts, so it's not too bad, but even so I made little midi corrections afterwards.

When I wrote this I was in the choir of an Episcopal cathedral, tinkering on their organs and pianos, so you got the context right.
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lunatrick Listener

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Nice work Scott... baroque counterpoint with very modern modulations. I like it a lot!
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dirigent Artist

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I think the piece is absolutely brilliant!!!

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Narananda Artist

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It'a a pity that Feenixx is not more here to listen to this outstanding pieve !
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JD Moderator

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Your versatility is amazing. Beautiful piece.
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soulima Artist

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Harmonically, your classical stuff seems to reside somewhere inbetween Hindemith and Messaien. This lovely piece, with its quick move away from C minor towards distant, post tonal chromaticism recalls Hindemith for me. I agree, it is concise, and you get alot in the way of implied harmony with this two part invention. I like the final cadence quite a lot; it's unexpected but fits well. Bravo!
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Mungo Artist

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I enjoyed this very much. It brought back memories of incense.
I appreciate the discipline and assurance to be concise and not making it longer just because others think it needs to be longer and the work that went into creating it - I too sketch things out on the keyboard and, since I am not an accurate performer, then correct the MIDI in an editor.
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Beatle128 Artist

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I almost -- *almost* -- want to hear what Wendy Carlos would do with this on the Moog.

Very nice. Contemplative. Definitely baroque, which I love. Well done.
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mlpbadarak Artist

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meditative, indeed. very effective.
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