Walt Ribeiro ‘Prelude’ [Original]
Back in 2006 I released a CD titled “I.I.”, which consisted of 12 pieces that weaved in and out of each other to create one complete symphony. I originally set off on the album after realizing orchestras wouldn’t play my music, and getting upset that they only performed works by the same 12 dead composers. I wanted to bring new music to the market – and “I.I” was my answer to that. It’s interesting to look back, so I’m re-publishing them in their original state – releasing one a day for the next 12 days. To hear and read about each piece click here.
‘Prelude’ was the first piece on the album, but was actually the last piece I finished. The reason for it was simple – it introduces all the melodies throughout the entire CD, so I couldn’t include each melody until each piece had been written. I came up with this idea while watching the Lord of the Rings movie one day. I thought “a good movie sets up a plot and introduces the characters so the audience understands them, knows them, and can follow along. Why doesn’t music do that with CD’s?”
Music tells a story, and the liner notes were always my favorite part to an album.
So it’s a soft piece with the repeating sections, but the only thing changing most of the time is the melody on top. Having a soft introduction was a good way to offset ‘Wounds’, which was the following piece.
Looking back I’m realizing how much i’ve grown. For one, notice how ‘low’ the volume is on the uncompressed audio, and how the velocities aren’t powerful, and how the arrangements aren’t well done. I made this CD in 2006 when I was first getting started. Since then, my orchestrations have grown, production has improved, productivity is much more efficient, and I understand manufacturing, distribution, and marketing much better.
It’s been on iTunes for years (links below), but unfortunately sales were nearly non-existant form the start – but it made me mentally stronger and more knowledgable. Sure, I could have waited until 2011 to release the CD, but the perfect time at every moment to do something is right now.. People spend so much time waiting for perfection, that they miss the opportunity to publish. Besides, I learned a lot more from publishing and getting my feet wet, than I could have ever learned on studying marketing trends and orchestration for the past 6 years until I was ready.
So I’m glad to re-publish these pieces with a little bit of commentary on each one. ‘I.I’ marks a huge moment in my life – an opportunity I set out on trying to get orchestras to perform new music, new ideas, and ultimately – create new audiences. It was a huge investment ($15,000), and coming straight out of college that’s all I had. So it was scary to pursue it, it was an uphill battle to somehow hear my music come to life in a time when orchestras don’t play new music, and it was scary when it didn’t work out the way I wanted it to.
So that’s what ‘Prelude’ was to me. It wasn’t just about the music, it was about the whole idea – for taking a risk, embarking on a journey, and trying to change the predictable orchestra repertoire.