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Released: Feb 4, 2008 | 10:37 AM
Category: Classical
Application: GarageBand
Loop Use: No loops

File Type: .mp3 [use AAC]
File Size: 7.18 MB

Plays: 5531
Downloads: 38
Weekly Plays: 4
Weekly Downloads: 0
Statistic reset day: Monday

License: Derivative works allowed on iCompositions only; contact artist for permission
I just love Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah". I became a true fan of this song last summer and worked up my own version of it on the piano which turned more into my variations as time went on. After discovering garageband a few months ago and getting myself a Keystone 61es, this was the first real song I attempted with orchestration to the piano. It has lots of problems, but I'd sure welcome any comments to help me learn how to do this better.

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zallaz Moderator

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Been covered a gazillion times and still sounds great! Sign of a classic smiley
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10 years ago
ShadowofNine Artist

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I think you did a fine job, on a great Cohen piece you treated it with respect and your version shines....
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10 years ago
feenixx Artist

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Excellent work - when I read "Leonard Cohen Cover", I was prepared for the worst... but I find your rendering outstanding - and you have achieved a nice dense commercial quality sound. Thank you for sharing the music!

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10 years ago
nemo66 Artist

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Excellent, i really like the music of LC.Great work man.
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EvilFactman Artist

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LC is one of my all time favorites. Nice musical cover. Yes this has been covered so many times but it is never boring. I like the gentleness of this.
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10 years ago
JodyGrenier Artist

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This is exquisite work I find myself learning everytime I log on to IComp very good much enjoyed from the depths of my heart. Welcome to Icomp. Great job
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Incredibly beautiful arrangement. The orchestration is magnificent. If I put on my "real hard-core critic hat," I'd say that if there are any "problems" to be "fixed," it might be that when more voices were added, there seemed to be a bit of a strain/distortion creeping in. But it wasn't bad, and if I take my "hard-core hat" back off, I have to admit that I didn't really care. I don't use GarageBand, so I'm no good at making suggestions on the technical end. But I know composition and arranging, and in that arena, I can't imagine how you could have done any better job. Bravo, bravo, braVO!
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PaulFPage Listener

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Beautiful arrangement with a wonderful sense of orchestration that works at every level. You are already doing surprising things with GB. Keep it up and you will continue to refine the sounds you are getting from synths. ... Strings are maybe a little strident in your arrangement. Just back 'em off a bit and turn down the treble ALL THE WAY. I am looking forward to hearing much more of your work.
Peace. Paul
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that80sboy Artist

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hey magnatone...welcome to icomp!
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soulima Artist

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Ironically, I was listening to covers of this song just last night(K.D. Lang, and Annie Lennox). What a neat idea to create variations on this theme. Compositionally, this works very well, one can hear the variation working out their musical thoughts. Sonically, the file sounds fine. Like Padowan, I don't use GB, so can't offer much in the way technical advice on that that front. Well done, and welcome to iComp. Enjoyed!
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10 years ago
Soundhound Listener

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Cohen....... is not someone you can immolate easily.
He has.... Nice Melodies, but your Dynamic thought and execution.
Made this Arrangement...... Very cool.


I...........LIKE IT...............
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Sorry i got to this so late; a wonderful cover of one of my favorite songs... and a late welcome to iComps smiley
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9 years ago
j_livingston Artist

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This song is one of my favorite and I have most of the existing version (Leonard Cohen's original, guitar version, piano, U2 version and more), but your version is really incredible !

There's just a work to make on the voices of strings. However the piano and woodwinds are great !
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Barretok Artist

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What a wonderful piece Karen. You have a beautiful touch. smiley
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Heightened Artist

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Beautiful. This would also sound great with vocals.
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Tender rendition, with feeling. Great orchestral arrangement and esp. of the harmonies makes this very special version -- highly original and it works good. Love the dark crescendo around 5/8 mark, the strings and the brass.
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GaryLester Artist

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Miss Magnatone's music has an inspiriting essence that embodies inspirational sound.
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JanaSaisQuoi Artist

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lovely expansion of a beautiful theme... of a poignant classic.

...you're very good at orchestration & arrangement.

i admire that.

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Very beautiful and inspiring rendition and presented with abundant grace.
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Lenny would be so proud...
It sounds like you're an old hand at this. You scored music for movies before you found Garage Band, right?
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I have a list of chores to accomplish today...but I can't stop listening to your music...I will just have to work faster and harder... smiley I adore listening to covers...as the artist imprints a bit of their own soul in to the piece and I hear something completely new... LOVELY ... LOVELY piece! smiley smiley smiley smiley
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Very nice. I expect to here Frank Sinatra start to sing a ballad... but this is more. .and the strings are lovely and so well placed...

So strong bold and yet simple.. a modern Vivaldi

I want to cry I think.. I can feel this deeply....

Ive never listened to Leonard Cohen.. I dont really know who he is...

The Piano work is so successful, that I was listening more to my own inner voices that this music is presenting to me... and lost track of time and space..

I can here Brahms in this... the coloring...

very good.....
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becwil Moderator

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Wow! It's been a year since you arrived at iC. smiley

This is brilliant! Stirring and classy. It's got everything!!! Just keeps growing...amazing.
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This is absolutely brilliant a feel good song, I totally loved it! ...Diane
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