Friday, December 23, 2016

Merry Christmas! (Again)

As mentioned in previous posts, I got a new sound library early last year that provided some noticeable improvements in several instruments, particularly the trumpets, so I thought that my Christmas piece from 2011 -- Bells -- was overdue for an update. I initially intended to just make the dynamics and articulation adjustments called for by the new sounds, but ended up making other changes as well. The more major ones were to extend the opening, make the ending a little less abrupt, and add a bass clarinet to give more body to the clarinet section. I also slightly extended the transition into the C major section in the middle, and added various flourishes, especially with my improved trumpet section.

Here it is -- Merry Christmas!