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Carol of the Birds

The original version of Carol of the Birds was written for the 2007 Garritan Community Christmas Christmas Album (which can be heard here).

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The community of users of Gary Garritan’s popular Garritan Personal Orchestra¬†sample library have gotten together to create an annual Christmas CD. I’ve contributed pieces to most of them, most of which have been adaptations of arrangements I had already done for the concert world. But in 2007, I decided to do a new arrangement specifically for the GPO CD.

I had wanted to do something with the lovely Catalunian song Carol of the Birds for a long time, and it seemed to be well suited for a group of string instruments. So my idea was to create an arrangement using all of Garritan’s solo strings, which included 8 solo instruments as part of GPO, as well as the stand-alone Stradivarius Violin and Gofriller Cello (now discontinued). The result was a piece for 4 violins, viola, 4 cellos, and bass, which can be still be heard on the GPO Christmas CD linked above, but has (so far) never been performed by live instrumentalists.

I planned all along to transcribe it for string orchestra, and found time to do it in 2010. The string orchestra version can be previewed here. (Please contact me if you’re interested in the first version).


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