Rising of a new day [mp3 download] (English)

Frederik Magle

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I composed "Rising of a new day" in 1998 for no specific reason other than my own enjoyment. When the oppertunity came in 2000, I orchestrated the piece and gave it to the "Danish Radio Sinfonietta" (RadioUnderholdningsOrkestret) who recorded it for the CD "Light on your path".

However, this download is not the version recorded on CD! It is instead the original synthesized replica from 1998.
I have never been completely satisfied with the "real" orchestral recording from 2000 - It's not a bad recording by any means, but there was only less than 1 1/2 hour available in total for rehersal AND recording (which was a horrendously small amount of time!), plus I've always felt that the orchestrations I did was lacking in some places (I'm planning on doing a "re-orchestration/edit" when I get some more time...whenever that is...??)

For now I hope you will find the orginal "digital version" interesting:

Click here to download "Rising of a new day"
(4.8 MB - 128 kbps MP3)
 

corno

Vice Admiral of Notes, Dots & at times also Slurs
Hmm... - interesting...
A short "powerfull" piece...
I like the digital sound - what kind of sound module is "responsible" for this?
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I, ehm, don't have my "Magle-cd-collection" at hand, so I can't compare it to the acustic version - any chance you'll be able to post this too?
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- maybe not "in public" if there's a problem with royalties.

It's generally a little difficult to say much about instrumentation from an digital-audio source only, but in places it sounds a little "too busy" - eg. the oboe/bassoon entrance around 1½ minutes from the beginning... and if the computer has a problem with presenting it precisly "on beat" I'd hate to think of a live recording... heh
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it's a lovely string and percussive sound
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a little reminiscent of a movie score (the beginning made me think of "Pirates of the Caribbean")
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from around 4.20 it begins to be a little odd - not so cohesive as - not that it' a problem to tell what's what... but it seems like a whole new part is being represented towards the beginning... again a little difficult without the score in front of me...
the accellerando at the end also sounds a little "to busy" - in my opinion that is... - there's no doubt what the idea is - but again, I might be possible to make it more "gracious"... - if that makes any sence whatsoever?
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Frederik Magle

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I used two synthesizers for this piece: A Roland JV-1080 (sound module) with the orchestral expansion module installed and an old Roland U-20 keyboad with addtional PCM sound cards (for the timpani and clarinet sounds). I agree that the sound is really nice (
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I don't agree, though, that the part from 4:20 is odd, or out of context. It represents a side theme that still fits well with the rest, imo. But you are absolutely right that the accellerando at the end could be much more gracious. As I recall, I had some difficulties making it work back in 98 when I made this recording. However, any further improvements of the piece will have to be in the orchestral score, I think I'll just leave the synthesizer version "as is" for now
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corno

Vice Admiral of Notes, Dots & at times also Slurs
Ah... Roland Rocks!!!
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hehe...
I'll look forward to the new an extra improved synthetic version someday.
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As to the accellerando... well, one of the things that strikes me is the tambourine which continues it's thematic/rhythmical part but just at a higher speed which might be somewhat difficult, if not impossible to perform in real life - I haven't heard the real recording yet so I don't know what they did there... but maybe a more simplified rhythm or simply a tremolo/shake would make more "sence", if you know what I mean.
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Frederik Magle

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Well, in fact I did change the tambourine rythm during the accellerando to triplets in the score, so it was playable. Remember this is not a rendition of the final score...
 

corno

Vice Admiral of Notes, Dots & at times also Slurs
Hmm... - the sound in the real recording is somewhat more welballanced - but the orchestra sounds "too small", eventhough there's a good deal of chorus/reverb it doesn't hide the fact that RUO is a small ensemble... I think it would sound better with a larger orchestra... there's also some distortion on this recording? or is it my output here which distorts it?
The ending sounds very untight at times... - the tambourine doesn't "blend" that well with the rest of the orchestra... do you remember if it was played by hand(s) only or if it was mounted and played by hands or sticks?
 

theMusicMan

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Well Frederik... I am not going to break it apart with an in depth analysis... not really best qualified to do that anyhow. Suffice to say I thought this was super. I loved the different scapes running throughout the piece, and the ending I particularly enjoyed.

Whenever I listen to new music, by default (a bad 'by default' I appreciate) I try to envisage what the piece would sound like if arranged for Brass Band... this piece, in my opinion, would go down a storm! Have you ever done an arrangement of any of your work for band Frederik? If you have some spare time available, and you fancy doing something a little different, I think arranging this piece for traditional band might very well be worth a shot...:)

I'd buy it!!
 

corno

Vice Admiral of Notes, Dots & at times also Slurs
hmm... sad to say I actually agree with John on this on...
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hehe... - Not that I would be the one to boast of my love for brass band music... But this piece could actually work very well with fairly homogenous sound of the brass band...

At the moment we're (Frederik and I) are doing a transcription of Frederik's "Håbet" (The Hope) originally scored for large brass ensemble, organ and chorus, with a good deal of percussion... You can download "The Hope" here in it's original version... The version for brassband should be available later this year...
 

KBOC

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Extraordinary.

Friedrick, this is only the third piece of yours I've listened to.

I judge music largely by how pleasant it would be to listen to on horseback...

Thomorrow morning, I'll be chasing some cows with it...
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Frederik Magle

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Thanks KBOC, I'm glad you like "Rising Of A New Day". It's really fun for me to know that it will played while chasing cows!!
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Almost like it's a soundtrack to a western movie, but in real life
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KBOC

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I was playing it while I was tacking up Dottie (my horse) and an angus calf we've nicknamed City Slicker ran over to figure out what was going on... I think she liked it too
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Anyway, thanks again for the great music Fredrik
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mayer

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hallo thank forall you are doing im augandan musician with apassion in music ihave produced some songs and im asinger but im looking for some one tohelp me realise my dream iwrite songs and sings and ineed to learn music production can you asistme to realise my dream or get me apromoter thanks
yours mukmayer contact [email protected]
 

Winnetou

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Hey Frederik

I lately have been listening to Light On Your Path again and I really fell in love with Rising Of A New Day. I don't know how I could overlook it the first time, but it's really a great piece. Well maybe I like it, because it has a lot of what I like from filmmusic. It really could underscore a western so well.
 

Gareth

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I swear that should be used in a movie.

Thats truely staggering Frederick, well done.

Hip hip hooray for a musical Genius.

-Gareth.
 

sparky

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Hello Frederick I have tried to down load Rising of a new day several times it says it is over 4Mb but i am only getting a 13 sec clip is there another link thanks sparky

Sorry cancel the last comment I tried again at 1726 GMT & this time it is ok and I must say it was well worth the effort and wait I whole heartedly agree with Gareth
 
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Frederik Magle

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Thanks Winnetou, Gareth and sparky! :) I truly appreciate your comments (and I guess it's inevitable that I will do some film msuic one day - and trust me, you will be the first to know! ;))

sparky, it seems that the server has been acting weirdly lately. I have now moved a few of the larger files to a deifferent server and will be looking further into the matter tomorrow if the problems persist. Thanks for letting me know. Glad you got it to work anyhow.
 

sparky

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Rising of a new day

Thanks Frederik server seems ok now.On another note I am hosting a Classical Concert at Axbridge Town Hall in Somerset UK on friday 7th April I would like to play Rising of a New Day while the audiance is being seated and again during the intervals would this be acceptable to you I would announce who the composer is before each playing I just feel it would be a nice piece as a background to what is a new and original concert in this neck of the woods yours in anticipation Sparky:clap:
Frederik Magle said:
Thanks Winnetou, Gareth and sparky! :) I truly appreciate your comments (and I guess it's inevitable that I will do some film msuic one day - and trust me, you will be the first to know! ;))

sparky, it seems that the server has been acting weirdly lately. I have now moved a few of the larger files to a deifferent server and will be looking further into the matter tomorrow if the problems persist. Thanks for letting me know. Glad you got it to work anyhow.
 
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Frederik Magle

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Hi sparky, you shall be most welcome to play »Rising of a new day« at the concert tomorrow! Let me know how it goes :)
 

sparky

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Rising of a new day

Frederik Magle said:
Hi sparky, you shall be most welcome to play »Rising of a new day« at the concert tomorrow! Let me know how it goes :)

Thank you :tiphat: I am sure it will go down very well if anyone has anything with a medieval theme I would like to hear it as the Town of Axbridge has a 14th century hunting lodge which was used by King John as his base for his hunting of deer and wild boar way back when royalty ruled by the rod Axbridge holds a medievil festival every year so anything that would fit in would be useful give me a call and I will see what I can do about presenting it to the right people. Sparky:tiphat:
 

sparky

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King John Hunting Lodge Axbridge

Hi Folks it is hard to admit you got it wrong but here goes just proves don't listen to local stories do some research Sorry Sparky:shake:
:whistle: This medieval house, popularly called "King John's Hunting Lodge", occupies an important site at the corner of the High Street and The Square (the former market place of Axbridge). The building dates from the late middle ages, probably around 1500 or a few years earlier. It comprised shops on the ground floor, living areas and workshops on the first floor, and storage and sleeping areas on the second floor. We know that in 1340 a building with shops occupied the same site; it belonged to John Oldeway and was called "the stockhouse'. This house is the finest of a number of wood-framed houses in the High Street and The Square, unusual in a town where stone buildings, generally rendered with plaster or mortar, were common. It now houses a museum of local history.
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[SIZE=-1]Very little is known of the detailed history of the building. No one knows exactly when or why it acquired the name 'King John's Hunting Lodge'; it was certainly so called by 1905 at the latest, although the site has no known association with King John. John reigned from 1199 to 1216, but the Axbridge house was built about three centuries after his death. The king owned the demesnes of Cheddar and Axbridge, which constituted part of the royal forest of Mendip, and he was an enthusiastic hunter, often visiting the Mendip Hills; it was he who granted Axbridge its first royal charter. So, given a house apparently of great age, with a crowned head on the outside, and the likelihood that John would have had a lodging in the area, someone decided - possibly with an eye towards tourism - that it must have been the king's residence. The only known royal residence locally was the palace &. rediscovered in 1960 in Cheddar, where the site can be traced in the grounds of The Kings of Wessex School. Nevertheless the name has stuck to the building. The carved head probably dates back to the sixteenth or seventeenth century and perhaps served as the inn-sign for 'The King's Head' tavern in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. :whistle: :eek: [/SIZE]
 
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