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October 13th, 2013 | Audio Stuff, MOTHER 1

jdaster64, the Video Game Variations guy, recently sent me this Eight Melodies arrangement to share with other musically-inclined fans:

Hey! I’m not sure if this deserves an article as there’s no finished product yet, but I’ve written a string-quintet arrangement of “Eight Melodies” with some influence from my piano arrangement and the vocal soundtrack version. Currently, I’ve just got a basic score, but if there’s an ensemble out there interested in tackling it, I’d be more than glad to print individual-part PDFs, and add some suggested bowings, dynamics, etc. (I’m not a string player, so I can’t promise they’d be perfect.) I’ve attached a .pdf of the combined score and a Finale-generated .mp3 file.

Here’s the MP3:

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And here’s the PDF of the sheet music:

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I don’t know much about music, so if you can help out in some way, I guess post your suggestions in the comments or contact him some other way.


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8 Comments to Eight Melodies String Quintet Arrangement

DragonKazooie89 said on Oct. 13, 2013

The violin in this song needs to be a bit louder but other than that, this is a good arrangement.

Danny said on Oct. 13, 2013

Whoooo viola!

Leo said on Oct. 13, 2013

I can hear some influence from Pachelbel’s Canon in D. Great arrangement. Wish I could play string instruments competently enough to help perform this piece…

Jeagle101 said on Oct. 13, 2013

I concur with Leo; I can hear some Pachelbel inspiration in there. That aside, I love it! I’d personally make the melody a little louder and add some extra articulation, but it’s beautiful nonetheless.

Mesousa said on Oct. 13, 2013

I can barely hear the main melody.

Jdaster64 said on Oct. 13, 2013

I didn’t mess with the dynamics much, honestly; if any group ever wants to cover it, I’d definitely write more detailed dynamics and such into the score.

Kobe said on Oct. 14, 2013

I don’t see what was so wrong with the original arrangement from the soundtrack. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of the original pieces are still there, but the MELODY seems to be drowned out for the sake of a far less subtle backbone. It’s very pretty, it’s just missing the subtlety and simplicity that made the original so special.

Gorgon said on Oct. 15, 2013

jdaster64, well done on this arrangement! I really liked it and am looking forward to seeing the finished product! However, I have some words of advice.

The main melody is quite weak in the first minute or so, after that there are some strange sounding chords at 1:46 or so and at 2:00 and 2:13. At the end the main melody is also quite weak. Other than that though, it’s awesome. Do post the finished product!


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