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Topic: Tolkien Music Thread. Introducing Valacirca

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Guard of Armenelos - Rank 4
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Tolkien Music Thread. Introducing Valacirca

Hello friends!

 

I'm writing this post to announce the debut of a musical collaboration of which I am proud to have taken part.  It was established to write and play Music A la Middle Earth.  The Project is just getting started and the members of this small group of rogue musicians have taken the name: Valacirca- the Sickle (the seven stars set in the sky by Varda as an enduring warning to Melkor and his servants).  While this name was hastily chosen we feel that it is a nice name to start with and it may change in the near future.....we are open to suggestions.

 

The reason I bring this up, is this:  Since the idea for starting a Tolkien/Middle Earth based music project began here on Tolkien Forums, I decided that this site will be the Home Base or HQ of the group.  With your tolerance we will continue to write songs and debut them here first before anywhere else in honor of this site that I, personally have come to appreciate on so many levels.

 

With that said I'd like to introduce our first original project.  It is titled: "A Night There Was..." which features a portion of the Lay of Leithian and the meeting of Beren and Luthien. 

This song was suggested by Laurelin many weeks ago and I thank her for here patience and for the prompting idea. 

 

NEW ADDRESS:    http://youtu.be/__akR3yn4_Y

 

A little about Valacirca:

1. We are a small group of musicians endeavoring to write/play music using only official sources in Tolkien's universe. 

2. We are not a closed group; merely collaborators under one banner.  So Valacirca is open to anyone who wishes to contribute in some musical fashion, whether heading up their own project; alone or in collaboration with the other members.

 

Thank you.

                                                                            ---Valacirca

 

 



-- Edited by Jaidoprism7 on Wednesday 9th of April 2014 07:27:06 PM



-- Edited by Jaidoprism7 on Sunday 13th of April 2014 06:19:45 PM

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A very nice song, Jaidoprism. It's surprising the sheer volume of poetry that can be found in some of the HoME books. It's a shame it isn't more widely known.

Keep up the good work!

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Thanks MOS!

Your words are emboldening.

When Laurelin first suggested the Lay of Leithian I nearly fell out of my chair. Could a longer and more epic poem be done as a song?!? But then she suggested that we take and use just the portion of Beren and Luthien and I think we found the sweetest portion of the Lay in which Beren finally comes out of his long magic slumber and actually chases down and kisses this Elfin Maid, therefore sealing their doom.

It made or a good starting point, and you are right MOS; Tolkien's work is so voluminous that it is almost an inexhaustible resource for this little music project.  I do hope that some of this music gets some of those Tolkien fans who haven't yet discovered this poetic territory to look a little deeper and explore the wealth that took him a lifetime to create.  

 

Thanks again MOS for the kind words.....



-- Edited by Jaidoprism7 on Sunday 13th of April 2014 04:32:06 AM

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Just an update everyone!

I realized that I had placed a few misspellings in the video "A night there was...."

To amend them, I had to remove the video, re-edit and upload the video again...so there is a different Youtube address for it now. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Here is the new address:

youtu.be/__akR3yn4_Y

I have also taken the liberty of changing the address on my original post above....

Thanks everyone!

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Very good Jaidoprism!

Are there any others on the horizon? If so what may they be?

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Hey Bilbo Baggins,
There are currently two projects in the making right now.

Both are going to be instrumental pieces (somewhat like a movie score). Unfortunately these things take a while and may not be done for a couple of weeks.

One of them will be a "soundscape" if you will, of the lands of Rohan. There will be visuals as a video is part of the process (I try to use only stills but one day hope to have the technology to upload movies to aid the music as visual reference).

The other will be the "Battle of Fingolfin vs. Melkor". Both of these projects are quite the undertaking (starting from scratch, unlike our other projects) but I think we are refining the process of communication and information-passing and I'm starting to get real comfortable with my software...so these musical projects should come to fruition must smoother and quicker in the future....

Look for one of these to be released sometime in mid-May????? Fingers crossed...


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Nice, I mention Valacirca in my very first Tolkien Inspired Poem.

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                                                   Fingolfin Vs. Morgoth!!!!!

 

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to let you all know that the new song for the "Tolkien Music Project" which has been started here on Tolkien Forums has just been uploaded to Youtube.

The latest offering is named simply: "The Battle of Fingolfin and Morgoth." Here is the Youtube link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT8Q5r3gGiA


I hope you enjoy it.

It is an instrumental piece highlighting the Journey of Fingolfin as he rode to Angband to challenge Morgoth to single combat. The battle and Death of Fingolfin.




-- Edited by Jaidoprism7 on Saturday 3rd of May 2014 06:41:39 PM



-- Edited by Jaidoprism7 on Saturday 3rd of May 2014 06:56:45 PM

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And to Lady Arwen,

Can you direct me to that poem of yours..? I'd like to read it.....if I may.


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Jaidoprism7, you can find Lady Arwen's poems in Fanfic forum, including the very first poem of hers that is also shown first.



-- Edited by Lorelline on Wednesday 2nd of July 2014 07:08:36 PM

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Now that we can post pictures without putting them on the web first, here is the sheet music of the score for the piece from The Lay of Leithian (LoL as we abbreviate it). I am posting it just in case if people want to try it themselves. While a tremendous amount of efforts went into the recording (mostly JD7's efforts), we didn't have an opportunity to make a live recording (all three of us live in different states), everything was done long distance, therefore certain minor imperfections were unavoidable. The score, sort of, gives an idealistic view, or so I hope.

The idea for the first stanza came from the Aragorn's song about Luthien and Beren from the movie, and for the last stanza from Namarie. The melody for the parts with the slower rhythm is by JD7 - those starting with 'He leaped upon the grassy hill', 'Tinuviel! Tinuviel!', and 'As love there woke in sweet surprise'. It was really admirable how he came up with that melody - he composed it based on chords/harmonies (something I cannot do at all).

Very interestingly, both he and I kept in mind that it was Laurelin's request. I only recently discovered that she was asking about music to the LoL already in her very first post . Both JD7 and I were silently wondering, independently from each other (as we found out much later), whether Laurelin would even like our music. For completeness I might mention as well that one stanza was an exception as the melody for it pre-existed and, curiously, got developed during my intense conversation with Galin about Ecthelion and Glorfindel (which would be almost a year ago). I decided to use it here, thinking that it fitted fine (for these words: 'But as she went he swiftly came...')

JD7 and I obviously had different ideas as to what Rivendell music was like. Thus the style varies within the song. What I didn't want to see in it was repetitiveness. So, almost nothing repeats.



-- Edited by Lorelline on Sunday 6th of July 2014 05:07:41 AM

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It's very moving. Especially the last part when the eagle rescues Fingolfin and takes his body to Gondolin. Awesome!

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Hello everyone;

Beloved friends and those new to this forum!
It has been a long while since Valacirca's last offering but now we put a break in the lull.

Today I am proud to present Valacirca's latest musical piece.

It is named: The Home of the Horse-Lords.

It is a brief musical journey through the lands of 3rd Age Rohan...

Here is the the Youtube link. I seriously hope you enjoy it...it was a long time coming....

With no further ado...here is The Home of the Horse-Lords

http://youtu.be/CnlcYO-J3fE



-- Edited by Jaidoprism7 on Wednesday 8th of October 2014 02:45:02 AM



-- Edited by Jaidoprism7 on Thursday 16th of October 2014 06:44:52 PM

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