Sunday, April 13, 2014

Late Palm Sunday Concert

Welcome to the annual Late Palm Sunday Concert.  Tonight, me at the Casio WK-3800, as always, and with three Palm Sunday tunes (hymn titles in parentheses):

1. All Hallows (Outside the Holy City): George C. Martin, 1891.
         All Hallows--Lee Hartsfeld, using Casio WK-3800's piano tone
2. St. Theodulph (All Glory, Laud, and Honor): Melchior Teschner, 1615.
         St. Theodulph--Lee Hartsfeld, using Casio WK-3800's piano and organ tones
3. Palm Sunday (There Was a Time When Children Sang): Karl Pomeroy Harrington, 1905.
         Palm Sunday--Lee Hartsfeld, using Casio WK-3800's piano, harp, recorder, etc. tones

Sheet music courtesy of the great Cyber Hymnal, as in the real Cyber Hymnal, which can be found here: Cyber Hymnal.  Unfortunately, they were domain-name-swiped a while back, so now they show up, url-wise, as Hymntime.  Always check to see if you're at the real place or the facsimile.  



Aging Child said...

Happy Holy Week, Lee!

...and nicely timed! I wanted to ask you about good St. Theodulph... and here it is in your latest.

And in fact, that leads me to this question instead: when you write that you're playing it on the "Casio WK-3800 piano and organ", do you mean that theres a sound-output setting on your Casio that replicates the organ, or is this actually played on an organ?

All for now, sir... thanks as always, and cheers!

Kind regards,
A. Gene Childe

Lee Hartsfeld said...

I used the Casio WK-3800's piano and organ tones (double-tracked). Should have been clearer--sorry!

I recorded around 11 tracks for the third tune, yet it only sounds like two or three. Not sure how that happened!

Happy Holy Week to you, too!

Aging Child said...

Thank you for clarifying, Lee - my musical experience is largely limited to a couple years of clarinet mumble-decades ago, plus some playing around with guitar, Hammond organ, and electronic keyboard during a few idle moments... so any clarification educates!

I gave your Harrington (track 3) a closer listen... no, I don't hear eleven tracks, but my non-musician ears can make out four to five separate simultaneous lines. The effect is a bit like a calliope, I suppose - that's not bad, since it shows how well the separate tracks have meshed.

Maybe that's an inherent shortcoming of something played and assembled on a computer-driven device: it's TOO precise, compared to, say, several experienced human musicians playing in concert (no pun intended). In other words, your Casio works so well, there are no ragged edges to the layering!

Regardless; it's music, sir, far more than mere engineering. Thank you for sharing compositions that are outside the familiarity of most of us... that, too, is learning for the rest of us.

Play on, teach, lead on!

Warm Lenten regards,
A. Gene Childe

Lee Hartsfeld said...

Good point--that the voices on that track blend so seamlessly because they're computer generated.

As ever, thanks for your thoughtful feedback! I just realized something--this will be my first Easter of NOT posting "See the Funny Little Bunnies." Who'll keep such tracks alive in my vinyl-ripping absence? Oh, well--amateur archivists can only do so much for humanity!