Landis Maitland-Whitelaw-The Saskatchewan Suite

I composed these 3 pieces: North Country, Wind in the Field, and Ft. Qu’Appelle, to illustrate the three diverse regions of Saskatchewan, the north, the central, and the southern plains. It was submitted to the Regina Symphony in Saskatchewan Canada for the provinces anniversary. It was selected as 1 of 5 to be played in concert for the occasion. You can hear a representation  of it here on SoundCloud

I composed this piece in 2020. It is a string sextet orchestral piece, featuring 3 violins, a viola, cello and bass. The inspiration for this piece came from my Divertimento #2, a musical sketch for the same instruments. I expanded greatly on this sketch and came up with this piece and after I finished it and listened to it, I named it Life Just Happens. 

To me the piece has all the elements of a life lived, happiness, sadness, tension, release and all the other emotions that we humans have as we live our lives. It times out at 7 min. 30 seconds, making it a substantial piece of music. This is quite a departure for me, in that it is more contemporary sounding than  my other works. Having said that, old habits die hard and I still combined a couple of delightful melodies to accompany cacophony that exists in the piece. 

Geek Speak: 

I used the BBC Orchestra Pro in this piece for most of the instruments, but since it has three violins I wanted to have the violins to have their own voice. I used the instrument leaders of each string section (there are two ) in the BBC Orchestra violin section. I used Spitfires Solo Strings and took the virtuoso violin from this library. Once the sounds were assigned, I found that they sounded too much like a section rather than solo instruments. To correct this I went into the mixer section and chose a close mic and an ambient mic and that narrowed the sonic capabilities to match more of a solo instrument. I mixed each of these instruments one at a time adding only one at a time to give the balance that you hear on this recording. Once mixed I mastered it with Logic Pro mastering button. 

You can hear a clip of this piece on SoundCloud: 

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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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