The 2008 Garritan Community Christmas CD has been released. This year I contributed a mock-up of Leon Jessel’s Parade of the Wooden Soldiers. I usually contribute an original arrangement, but this year I felt like doing something different. Listen here:
The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers is something I get to play frequently, as it’s a popular selection on orchestral concerts this time of year. Unfortunately, the edition we always use is terrible; badly edited, full of wrong notes, inconsistent articulations, and the like, and (worst of all) is entirely lacking in rehearsal numbers. So this year I had the idea of creating my own edition in Finale. I haven’t finished it yet, mainly because I want to add to the instrumentation, so that it will be playable both in the original instrumentation for theater orchestra, as well as the larger standard symphony orchestra. But because of other stuff going on, I wasn’t able to finish it in time.
Still, since I had a Finale file already, it seemed like a good idea to take that and use it as the basis of a MIDI realization, both for the Garritan CD, and for promoting the publication. Anyway, I went ahead and did it, and you may now hear and enjoy the results.
For those who are interested, most of the instruments come from Garritan Personal Orchestra. One of the clarinets, the tuba, and the all the percussion except the bass drum come from Concert and Marching Band. Both trumpets and the trombone come from Jazz and Big Band.
Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!