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WINGS TO THE MIND.
FLIGHT TO THE IMAGINATION
A CHARM TO SADNESS
GAIETY AND LIFE TO EVERYTHING.
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I have spent the last week orchestrating 'Ave Maria' ..if you haven't heard it, have a listen to it in it's original form for Soprano Solo and Piano.

Now...finally, after numerous corrections, eye straining scrutiny and appalling backache, it is a work for Soprano solo, SATB Choir, Flute, Tubular Bells and Strings.

 As I worked, I found myself musing on the comments of my friend and fellow Composer/Conductor Errol. He looked at the score of the first version with the possibility in mind of including it in a programme last year....actually the programme never materialised. His comment was..' Changes key too often for my taste and rather naive...'

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I had a really interesting morning at the Cafe this morning. I took my score as usual but was joined eventually by my french grandchild.

I turned the paper over and drew a stave ( 5 lines ) and then drew a note on the line C.....I asked Alice what C could mean? , We got Cat, Cockerel, Cuckoo but she decided on the Cockerel and so she drew a small Cockerel in the circle representing C.

Then we turned our attention to D ( the next note up ) ...was it Dog? Duck?  Yes!! that's the one...so again, she drew a small quacking Duck in the circle representing the note D and so on until we reached the 8th note or the Octave. She found this alot of fun.

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So, here I am, trying to decide on a programme for the big Concert (already mentioned )for 2013. A Choral Concert in a huge space in the middle of our small town in the South of France.

 This evening, I am pondering on and listening to the choruses of Wagner. I need to select two or three as the last item in the programme....sounds easy doesn't it?? probably it is but not when you are feeling like I am!! Nevertheless, by the end of the evening, I will have made a decision...subject to a scrutiny of the score of course when I can get hold of one.

 Everyone around me is taking a holiday....one goes to the Cafe and there they are!... Myself? I go to the Cafe to check scores I've already written and to orchestrate .

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