A Spanish Evening

A Spanish Evening

(is the first piece in my upcoming album Orchestral Works. )

I first wrote this piece as an instrumental to play with my friend Michael Brauer… a cellist. It was for classical guitar and cello, written in 1991. This was the first sketch of A Spanish Evening and then was arranged for classical guitar and combo, I recorded it with the a group and it appears on my BLACK TIE album released in 1996.  

A Spanish Evening, Landis Maitland-Whitelaw

This album was recorded, produced and mastered in my studio.

The orchestral version which will appear on my upcoming album Orchestral Works,  was written in 1999 and recently updated. This piece features the power of the timpani combined with: 

solo flute and flute section 

solo oboe and oboe section

solo clarinet and clarinet section

solo bassoon and bassoon section 

solo french horn and french horn section 

trumpet section 

timpani, snare drum and cymbal in the percussion section 

solo violin and violin section 

viola section 

cello section 

bass section 

This piece clocks out at 8 min. 

The piece starts with the solo flute playing the 1st motif echoed by the brass. The opening is the instruments layering and increasing in volume playing a different very short motif to herald the entrance of the timpani. The piece then ebbs and flows like the waves on the beach, with little fits of flurry moving the piece along.  The motifs are then combined into the main theme and played by the full orchestra with the different sections trading off on the accompaniment and playing the main theme. The busyness of the evening is very evident here. The evening is then gently brought to a close.   

GEEK SPEEK

I am creating the album using solely Spitfires’ BBC Symphony Orchestra Pro.
This Orchestra comes in 3 flavours: 

  1. Discovery which is free or donation
  2. BBC Symphony Orchestra (which is paid) 
  3. BBC Symphony Orchestra Pro( higher cost and more instruments and miking options and comes with the solo instruments) 

All of these Orchestras have amazing sound but be warned that the Pro version takes up just under of a terabyte of space so before you get this orchestra get a very fast SSD HD or buy their’s with the HD. 

The great thing about this product (besides the amazing sound) is that it was recorded by real people in a real space. This means that you do not have to pan the instruments or add any additional reverb (unless you want to). Spitfire Audio also offers templates for this product. 

Hear an excerpt here:

The next orchestral piece will be Birds at the Bath…. stay tuned. 

 

Landis

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Landis plays hand-built guitars by Darrell Pura, Saskatoon, Sask. Canada.
Classical model: Recitalist
Electric hollow body model: Landis Custom
Acoustic model: OM6

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& Tails

& Tails

(The Third in a Trilogy)

This is the third album in my trilogy of albums. Top Hat, Black Tie, & Tails. This is an instrumental album featuring the guitar with other instruments, such as: strings, handbells, organ and combo group. The idea was brought about when I decided to record my music. I needed three albums to cover the different stlyes of music I produce. Top Hat (1993/2006): solo classical guitar. Black Tie (1996/2021):2 electric guitar with  a combo, & Tails (2023): guitar with other instruments and different types of guitars: classical, acoustic & electric.

Landis Maitland-Whitelaw: & Tails album cover

This album was recorded, produced and mastered in my studio.

& Tails is an instrumental album featuring the guitar with other instruments. 

You will hear my guitar concerto for guitar and strings, guitar with handbells, organ, and drums, bass, sax etc. 

 

This album started in 1993 with the thought of doing a trilogy of albums to showcase my work and musical interests. 

Top Hat: is solo classical guitar.

Black Tie: is electric guitar instrumental with a soft rock band. 

& Tails: is guitar with other instruments. 

 

The  album starts out with my Concerto #1 for guitar & strings 

  1. Allegro: is based on the 1st piece I wrote, “Sunshine”, a very happy movement and the strings really make it come alive. You can listen to the original version on my Top Hat album.  
  2. Andante: Is based on my piece “Walkin’ Thro’ The Heather”. You can hear the original version on my Black Tie album. 
  3. Allegretto: This is a new piece that was started by just a few bars of a thought, at the time I thought that it would make a great fiddle tune. 
  4. Please Bell With Me: I was listening to the hand bells in our church and thought how nice it would be with the classical guitar. This is a combination that you do not find very often. The guitar and the hand bells share the melody and accompany each other when not playing the melody. A very cheery piece. 
  5. Eastern Magic: This was originally written for french horn, guitar and piano so that I could pay it with my brother and his wife. On this version I use the oboe instead of the french horn. 
  6. Caravan: This piece was originally commissioned by one of my mentors as a gift for his son who plays jazz guitar. I find it a challenging piece with a laid back feel. 
  7. Old & New: This is played with a combo of electric instruments, like synth,  bass, drums & guitar. Originally written as a classical guitar solo. 
  8. Workshop: This piece was originally written for four guitars. It served as a culmination piece at a guitar workshop where I taught. This version is for guitar & strings and gives it a nice bouncy feel. 
  9. Divertimento #1: A divertimento is a musical idea. This is played with classical guitar and strings. The musical idea or motif is explored thoughout the piece. 
  10. Celebration: This piece is guitar and organ. It was written for my daughters wedding and premiered at it. It is another combination that you do not find very often. 
  11. Musings on Covid: The Covid time was a very active time for my composing and I wrote this piece and released it as a single. This version includes a saxophone solo. I play the guitar and sax on this piece. 

You can listen to the references above by visiting my YouTube channel.

My YouTube channel is: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtA5abGkg5593pd18oAEKNA

 

What people are saying….. THE BUZZ…. 

 

Just listened to the first three (Concerto #1) and love them all: they are so playful and fun. The first tune is lovely: sprightly and uplifting, the second reminds me of a Chinese man and boy walking across a green field, the third reminds me of old-fashioned kids games. Where do you find all the beautiful instruments and time to produce this? Good work!

 

Sandy

 

I (finally) got around to listening to this wonderful album.  I have to say that I enjoyed ALL of them; there wasn’t one “stinker” in the bunch…  However, I do have some favourites, like: #1(Chamber Concerto #1 Allegro) ; I loved the upbeat tempo and #3 (Chamber Concerto #1 Allegretto); this lovely soft concerto, beautiful and #8 (Workshop); gave me goosebumps, as I absolutely loved the Japanese influence of it.  ALL were super well done – you did an amazing job.

 

Linda

 

Landis

Contact me

Landis plays hand-built guitars by Darrell Pura, Saskatoon, Sask. Canada.
Classical model: Recitalist
Electric hollow body model: Landis Custom
Acoustic model: OM6

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Choosin’ The Easy Life

Choosin’ The Easy Life

This is the third album in my trilogy of albums. Top Hat, Black Tie, & Tails. This is an instrumental album featuring the guitar with other instruments, such as: strings, handbells, organ and combo group. The idea was brought about when I decided to record my music. I needed three albums to cover the different stlyes of music I produce. Top Hat: solo classical guitar. Black Tie: electric guitar with  a combo, & Tails: guitar with other instruments and different types of guitars: classical, accoustic & electric. 

This album was recorded, produced and mastered in my studio. 

& Tails is an instrumental album featuring the guitar with other instruments. 

You will hear my guitar concerto for guitar and strings, guitar with handbells, organ, and drums, bass, sax etc. 

 

This album started in 2006 with the thought of doing a trilogy of albums to showcase my work and musical interests. 

Top Hat: is solo classical guitar.

Black Tie: is electric guitar instrumental with a soft rock band. 

& Tails: is guitar with other instruments. 

 

The  album starts out with my Concerto #1 for guitar & strings 

  1. Allegro: is based on the 1st piece I wrote, “Sunshine”, a very happy movement and the strings really make it come alive. You can listen to the original version on my Top Hat album.  
  2. Andante: Is based on my piece “Walkin’ Thro’ The Heather”. You can hear the original version on my Black Tie album. 
  3. Allegretto: This is a new piece that was started by just a few bars of a thought, at the time I thought that it would make a great fiddle tune. 
  4. Please Bell With Me: I was listening to the hand bells in our church and thought how nice it would be with the classical guitar. This is a combination that you do not find very often. The guitar and the hand bells share the melody and accompany each other when not playing the melody. A very cheery piece. 
  5. Eastern Magic: This was originally written for french horn, guitar and piano so that I could pay it with my brother and his wife. On this version I use the oboe instead of the french horn. 
  6. Caravan: This piece was originally commissioned by one of my mentors as a gift for his son who plays jazz guitar. I find it a challenging piece with a laid back feel. 
  7. Old & New: This is played with a combo of electric instruments, like synth,  bass, drums & guitar. Originally written as a classical guitar solo. 
  8. Workshop: This piece was originally written for four guitars. It served as a culmination piece at a guitar workshop where I taught. This version is for guitar & strings and gives it a nice bouncy feel. 
  9. Divertimento #1: A divertimento is a musical idea. This is played with classical guitar and strings. The musical idea or motif is explored thoughout the piece. 
  10. Celebration: This piece is guitar and organ. It was written for my daughters wedding and premiered at it. It is another combination that you do not find very often. 
  11. Musings on Covid: The Covid time was a very active time for my composing and I wrote this piece and released it as a single. This version includes a saxophone solo. I play the guitar and sax on this piece. 

You can listen to the references above by visiting my YouTube channel.

My YouTube channel is: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtA5abGkg5593pd18oAEKNA

 

What people are saying….. THE BUZZ…. 

 

Just listened to the first three (Concerto #1) and love them all: they are so playful and fun. The first tune is lovely: sprightly and uplifting, the second reminds me of a Chinese man and boy walking across a green field, the third reminds me of old-fashioned kids games. Where do you find all the beautiful instruments and time to produce this? Good work!

 

Sandy

 

I (finally) got around to listening to this wonderful album.  I have to say that I enjoyed ALL of them; there wasn’t one “stinker” in the bunch…  However, I do have some favourites, like: #1(Chamber Concerto #1 Allegro) ; I loved the upbeat tempo and #3 (Chamber Concerto #1 Allegretto); this lovely soft concerto, beautiful and #8 (Workshop); gave me goosebumps, as I absolutely loved the Japanese influence of it.  ALL were super well done – you did an amazing job.  

 

Linda

 

Landis

Contact me

Landis plays hand-built guitars by Darrell Pura, Saskatoon, Sask. Canada.
Classical model: Recitalist
Electric hollow body model: Landis Custom
Acoustic model: OM6

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Urban Sprawl

Urban Sprawl

Orchestral

Urban Sprawl (2022) Orchestral

Some time ago I heard about an orchestral suite by Spitfire audio that was free. It was their B.B.C. Orchestra Discovery. I did some research on YouTube and found an entertaining fellow Guy Michelmore who put this suite through its paces. He uses a keyboard and hardware to input his ideas. I on the other hand use notation software to create my midi files. 

Inspired by what Guy did I wanted to create a piece of music that showcased as much of this orchestral suite as possible. I created this music completely in my DAW (digital audio workstation), quite a departure for me. Once done I converted it to notation and have it available to the public on my website in the SHOP area. 

Lets start: 

Introduction: Section 1 &2

I chose the key of C, 4/4 time, and 120 bpm. then went into my chord pack and input the chords: 

C, G, Am, F, C.  

I wanted to start out with tension to grab the listeners attention. 

The instruments to create this feel are: Flute1&2, Trumpets, French Horn, Tubular Bells, Timpani, Cello and Bass. 

Introduction to the Theme: C, Am, F, G, C, tempo 76 bpm.

I listened to the chord structure at this point and then sang a melody into the DAW and converted it to midi … this became the basis for the Theme. 

Here I reduced the instrumentation to: Bass, Cello, Tubular Bells, Strings, Bassoon, & Clarinet. 

Tension keeps building. 

Theme: Section 3:

The Clarinets & Cello state the melody here, supported by the Bassoons, Strings and Timpani. 

Rhythm is done by the Trumpets, French Horn, Trombones and Basses. The next section is signalled by the Tubular Bells which becomes the case for all the sections. 

Showcase Movements: 50 bpm. 

Here is where I wanted to showcase the different Orchestral sections. The time moves from 4/4 time to 3/4 time. You will hear the traditional um pa pa throughout this section.  

This section is divided up into 3 parts: 

     Section 4: (brass sounding)   

Features the combined woodwinds and brass, they carry the melody and accompaniment. 

Timpani is used for accent purposes.

     Section 5: (string sounding) 

Features the String section supported by the woodwinds. Timpani used for accent purposes.

    Section 6: 

This part features the tuned percussion. The Marimba takes the melody, supported by the Glockenspiel, Xialaphone, and Harp. The Tubular Bells introduce the beginning and end of this section. 

Finale: Section 7: C,G,F,Am,C  4/4 time, 140 bpm. 

The melody variation is taken by the Flutes, Clarinets and Cello supported by the Strings, with the addition of Tubular Bells, Harp, and  Timpani. 

So what does this give us? Three movements, 4/4 time, 3/4 time, 4/4 time, divided into 7 sections, 3,3,1, and just under 12 min. of musical wonder. Played with 22 instruments. 

I do hope you enjoy it. 

Contact me

Landis plays hand-built guitars by Darrell Pura, Saskatoon, Sask. Canada.
Classical model: Recitalist
Electric hollow body model: Landis Custom
Acoustic model: OM6

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Black Tie

Black Tie

The Musicians

In my last post I talked about the songs that make up the album Black Tie. Now in this post I am going to show you the inserts of the original album that celebrate the musicians that played on this easy listening instrumental album.

 

 

Landis

Contact me

Landis plays hand-built guitars by Darrell Pura, Saskatoon, Sask. Canada.
Classical model: Recitalist
Electric hollow body model: Landis Custom
Acoustic model: OM6

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