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providence suite - movement no. 3 - providence

from classical - an eternal album by dave stafford

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"providence suite - movement no. 3 - providence"

the third movement of "providence suite" proved to be the most technically challenging of the movements to mix and produce, based on the first of two main themes from the second session for the "providence" project from march 24th, 2012, and while this theme is a step forward in complexity, there was a very large number of takes, some of which contained a lot of unnecessary repetition, so

I had to remove some of the superfluous passages - something I hate doing, but it had to be done, to present the theme in the best, most concise light. I am happy in the end that I did "edit it down", while I like the super long, unedited version, I felt that the repetition would be off-putting to listeners, so I reduced it to a level that I felt was tolerable.

it should be stressed that there was really no loss of music per se, just repetition - all of the themes, all of the most unique piano content was captured and remains in the piece. while "movement no. 3" was originally performed as a solo grand piano work, again, due to the loss of the "keyboard audio" files during both sessions, I felt the need to replace those by once again utilising the strings and stereo choir that worked so well in "movement no. 2 - redemption" - so the "providence" movement contains four of the same elements as the second movement, which are:

1 grand piano
2 "mk II violin orchestra" mellotron (strings)
3 "st. peter's choir ahs" mellotron (choir - stereo left)
4 "st. peter's choir oos" mellotron (choir - stereo right)

please refer to the notes for "movement no. 2 - redemption" for a description of how these voices were combined in various configurations, to introduce variation into the composition. in this case, I wanted piano throughout, but I also wanted to augment the lone piano voice with strings and choirs, and the result is one of the most musically challenging (beware the slightly mad arpeggios which appear from time to time!) and interesting piano pieces I've ever composed.

playing this, for the march 24th session, was difficult; much more difficult, than the somewhat simpler themes recorded back on march 4th, 2012, but I very much enjoy this more challenging piece of piano music, and the addition of strings and / or choirs is just the musical icing on the cake for me. "movement no. 3 - providence" is one of my very favourite pieces from these sessions, I love the melodies and the feel of the piano playing, and I love where this took me - this piece is pivotal, which is why it bears the same name as the suite's formal title - this movement, is the inspiration for the entire suite, and is therefore a critical part of the larger work.




from classical - an eternal album, released December 17, 2013
dave stafford: grand piano, "mk II violin orchestra" mellotron (strings), "st. peter's choir ahs" mellotron (choir - stereo left), "st. peter's choir oos" mellotron (choir - stereo right).


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dave stafford Stirling, UK

ambient loop guitarist dave stafford performed on stage with robert fripp and the orchestra of crafty guitarists in early 2009, and again with robert fripp and the symphony of crafty guitarists in 2015, and has worked with ambient music and looping for over twenty years. stafford has a rich back catalogue of ambient and loop music, +rock, prog or acoustic crafty guitar music: www.pureambient.com ... more

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