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Karl Jenkins was born and raised in 1944 in a village called Penclawdd that is located in the United Kingdom. His father was an organist and a coral master, so he taught Karl the music theory and how to play the piano. He also played the oboe in his school band. When Jenkins got  to collage he focused on playing jazz and started to play the baritone and soprano saxophones. He formed the group Nucleus, and wrote most of the music for the groups first two albums and that is where he first started to write / compose music. After Karl graduated college he moved on to score and conduct an album of rock classics by Bonnie Taylor. He also composed for the Royal Ballet and the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. Kral Jenkins is alive and well in fact he will be at Carnegie Hall on January 15 that is already sold out. Some of his most well known and most famous pieces would have to be Adiemus, The Armed man, and Requiem. Some interesting facts about Karl is that he was in a band called soft machine which was a jazz rock band and he regularly wrote advertisement music his spare time.The first choral piece that I have chosen is “The Armed Man”, I choose to write about this one specific piece because it has a very army feel correlating with the armed feeling because when you think of the the armed my i immediately thought of a war of a soldier and that is kind of the vib that I get when I listen to this amazing piece. This piece mostly stood out to me because of the fact that when you listen to it you get the feeling that it is solution or honoring our soldiers that serve for our country and that let me know that the composer may have been trying to convey that message across to us when he was making this piece.  Even if that is not what he had in mind when he was writing this i  is what I got out of it and everyone one can interpret something differently r it could make them think of something that has happened to them in their past and that is what make the best music because it brings people back wanting more. When I was listen to his piece i notice that there were both male and female voices in this piece so it would not be a group of one gender but to multiple, but i could not find anywhere whether it said that they all sin the same as in unison or as a mixed group. But if I had to pick one I would assume that It is in union because  it doesn’t sound like the males have a different part then the females. While listening to the peace i could only identify somany instruments in this piece, and so i had to look up what they are so I did and found out that it has a Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, a Cor anglais, 2 clarinets in Bb, a Bass clarinet in Bb, 2 bassoons, a Contrabassoon, 4 horns in F, 4 trumpets in Bb, 3 trombones, a Tuba, Timpani, a Solo cello, Strings, 3 snare drums, a Field drum, 4 tom-toms, a Surdo, some Floor-toms, some Cymbals, 2 bass drums, a Chekere, a Congas, a Drum kit, a Tam-tam, a Triangle, a Taiko drum, some Wind chimes, a Mark tree, a Tenor Drum, a Tambourine, a Tamborim, and some Tubular Bells. When I was just listening to this I could have neer even though that some of these things are in this piece because I didn’t even know some of these thing existed. I think that the tone of this piece is mostly happy but it is also sad at the same time because it is a representation of the war and how people are dying but it is also representing how it is possible to make it out of the hard times and how you will always be able to look on the bright side no matter how dark your path may be. And the language that it is inis English, Latin, and there is a little bit of French thrown in there. Karl Jenkins said that he wrote this piece for the victims of the  Kosovo Crisis. He essentially wrote this piece to help the victims remember that it was possible to survive through this hard time and that they just needed to stay strong and power through. second Choral composition that I chose is Benedictus, and I choose this for my second piece because it is very calm and relaxing , it makes me feel as if I am floating through life without have to think about what problems and unfortunate event are happening in my life. It feels as if the angels are singing to the people of the world and telling us there is a better place. I think that this piece stood out to me the most because it reminds water, And how it feels to be underwater and be so calm even when there is so much danger surrounding you from there being no air to the life within the water itself. And I think that it reminds me of how I want to feel all of the time. In this piece it is only a women’s choir that performs this because of the notes that it reflect the sounds of the silence. There are a few instruments in this piece such as a french horn, flute, some horns,and a piccolo. I think that the overall tone of this piece would have to be calming and happy because of the quiet peaceful kind of tone that the composer was giving us. I think that Karl wrote this piece because he wanted people to he this sense of peace in the life. You have to be able to be calm otherwise you will get so very stressed and you won’t be able to understand why you are sad or depressed so it is important to be able to be calm and relaxed and this rice gives us that. Formy third choral composition I choose Adiemus, I picked this piece because I has a sense of adventure and wildlife. andI think that the reason that this piece stood out to me was the adventure and Jungle sound to the tone in the singer’s voice and the sound of the instruments. I think that I choose it because of the amazing sounds of the jungle like it should be in the movie the Lion King. this composition makes me think about how everyone used to be happy and free to do what they pleased, that they were free to be themselves without judgment or ridicule. Oh wait that was never a time, what I meant was the future hat I see in my head. A future where everyone is happy and everyone helps one another, a world where we conserve of resources and save our planet. I think that we should no longer need money everyone one should just help one another and do things out of the goodness of their heat and not have to worry about money or not being able to have enough to buy our family’s food or clothes. In this piece there are male and female parts and there is a variety tones and parts it is or all in unison. Some of the instruments that they use in this piece are the drums, a flute, along with a cymbals other then than they use strictly their voices and not many instruments in this one. I Think that the overall tone of the ice is generally happy and excited for the future. Though Others may interpret it differently because of some sad spots in the piece. I think that he wrote this piece to show us that life isn’t all about being strict and that having a little bit of fun every once and awhile isn’t a bad thing, that it is normal and healthy. think that this composer is so great at what he does because his music has quite a bit of variation to it. It has some about the war and some about being more adventurous and even some about how to be more relaxed, pretty much everything you could think of you could get it out of at least one of Karls songs. Karl isa very unique composer that has a good perspective on life what he is doing with his, he knows what he wants and he does it.  Some of the differences between his music quite substantial because of all the different tones that he uses in in compositions. And here is the link to Karl Jenkins website

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