Victory is sweet!

Yes, I am a serious artist! Really! I do it for art, not fame or money (which is good because I have neither!).

But I admit it; it’s fun to win stuff. Even if it isn’t money.

Last week I won a little contest on the Northernsounds forum (see this thread). It was for patriotically-themed music, rendered with Garritan products. I won with this piece, a mock-up of Dudley Buck’s Festival Overture on the American National Air, “The Star Spangled Banner,” which I mocked up mostly with Garritan Personal Orchestra, with a few winds from Garritan Concert and Marching Band.

I started this mock-up last year, when I published my edition of the piece. (You’ll find it on the Swan’s Wing Press site. I’m not putting a direct link right now because I’m fixing to upload an entirely new site as soon as I finish it, and I’m afraid the link will be messed up when I do. But it won’t be hard to find.

The original version from last year wasn’t much to hear. I just took the audio output directly from Finale, unedited, and posted it. I always intended to get back to it and work on it eventually, but didn’t get to it. There seemed to be little reason to. Other projects, with deadlines and eventual paychecks, took priority, so I left the Dudley Buck piece on the virtual back burner.

When I found out about the contest, it seemed that here was a reason to get back to it and polish it up a bit, so I opened it in Sonar and spent a week working on it. A week wasn’t enough. I was able to get through the strings and percussion parts, but the deadline came up before I could touch the winds and brass. Maybe I’ll finally have time to finish it next year.

I guess it was good enough, though. After forum members voted, I won. My prize was a free Garritan library, and since I already had everything else, I chose the Garritan Authorized Steinway Virtual Concert Grand, which arrived in the mail this morning. Hopefully I’ll be able to install it later today and start working with it.

It’s a good start to the day.

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