Though my musical tastes have varied over the years, I've always been a fan of and have been able to appreciate technical proficiency in music. At some point in my familiarity with The Rite of Spring, I thought someone REALLY SHOULD do it as a rock band. After alot of work, I have been able to realize this goal. I wanted to bring the piece as far into the rock genre as possible but still perform as much of the orchestral score as possible. It was a big trade off. To me, the basic unit of rock music is a band with one guitar, one bass guitar and a drummer. If I were to add another instrument it would probably be a keyboard(s) of some kind, but then I think that really would have taken some of the edge off the arrangement (from a purist rock music point of view), and the temptation would have been too great to just use MIDI and program the solo piano score. That really would have been cheating. I wanted to keep the performance- I can't think of any other word- as organic as possible. Anyway, in the end I decided I did in fact need more instruments in a couple of spots to satisfy my artistic vision, so I gave the drummer a glockenspiel and a bunch of bells and stuff, and changed his name from "drums" to "percussion". Please note that most of the arrangement has a regular distorted rock guitar sound, and the song preview does not extend past the beginning "clean" part.
So this is what came out of the project. I am happy with it and I really appreciate you attention to and patronage of my CD!
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1. The Adoration of the Earth
2. The Sacrifice