Yesterday morning (12-16-10) Tobin and I worked again on his wedding hymns album; it took us just over 2 hours to complete the arrangement and get the right takes of his solos on “Fairest Lord Jesus.” Originally we planned to use 2 or three different solo instruments, but it worked quite well as just a flute solo, with a solo cello to be added later.
I’m working every chance I get to finish his solo project; many are included on our Wedding Music Samples project, and the rest will be available January 2010 on his album.
The first verse is solo flute with no accompaniment. As we worked our way through the song – creating the introduction to the second verse (this introduction motif occurs elsewhere in the song) and deciding how the arrangement would flow, we decided to make the third verse a cello solo, and the final verse a flute/cello duet.
So our final instrumentation will probably be solo flute, solo cello, piano, and string orchestra, though the three main elements may be strong enough to carry it without the string section. That will be determined after I replace and rework some of the piano ideas.
On a side note, because of scheduling, our recording session started a 7 a.m., and let me say I cannot remember ever recording with session players or recording engineers that early… but it went well! Especially considering Tobin drove 1 1/2 hours to get to my studio. Yikes….