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Portfolio of A Cappella Arrangements Complete

Writing this post is the very last thing for me to complete before my studio project is officially completed. I am incredibly excited to share this, but at the same time I am emotional; I have worked extremely hard on this Portfolio of A Cappella Arrangements and I know I will feel slightly lost before beginning my next project. This is a time for me to reflect, but most of all celebrate the massive achievement of managing and successfully overseeing the completion of my project!

Progress to Date

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Creating ‘I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues’

This was the first song I had ever decided to arrange for an A Cappella group, yet for my initial project of performing only 3 A Cappella arrangements, it was the last one I wanted to attempt. I wanted to make sure I had as much experience and practise as possible at writing A Cappella arrangements before attempting this master piece of a song by Elton John, Bernie Taupin and Davey Johnstone. I also connected to it on an emotional level, so personally I needed it to be the best I could possibly make it.

Elton John’s hit song ‘I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues’
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Creating ‘Polaroid’

Going into my 3rd Year Bachelor of Music, I knew I wanted to write a fourth arrangement for my Portfolio of A Cappella Arrangements, but I was completely at a loss! I spent the summer going through my Apple Music playlist over and over again, coming up with ideas but no song ever jumped out at me or stuck. It wasn’t until I heard a song coming out of the bathroom while my sister was in the shower, that I stopped dead and listened with hundreds of ideas running through my mind of how I could make this work! Not a minute later I sat down with a pen and paper, and thus, Polaroid began.

The brilliant song ‘Polaroid’ by Imagine Dragons
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Creating ‘The Skyeboat Song’

‘The Skyeboat Song’; the first song I arranged for my Portfolio of A Cappella Arrangements. I was greatly inspired by Bear McCreary’s version of the song for the T.V show ‘Outlander’, so before beginning the arrangement process I had a really clear vision of the harmony starting sparsely and slowly becoming thicker and fuller along with the dynamics.

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Creating ‘The Way You Look Tonight’

By far the most challenging arrangement I have worked on to date, ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ has taken the longest amount of time to complete in each stage of putting together this Portfolio of A Cappella Arrangements. I had been encouraged by my teacher, Fran Swinn, to work with a song that had more complex harmonic movement and structure; so having already been familiar with this song, it was an obvious choice for me to transition it to the A Cappella style.

One of the most popular versions of the Jazz standard tune, ‘The Way You Look Tonight’
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