Heart In Vain by Andre Kerek

Andre Kerek

Broadjam Artist: Andre Kerek
Song: Heart In Vain

Broadjam Pro Reviewer:
A.J. Gundell (Songwriter, Composer, Music Supervisor, Producer)

Pro General Comments: This is a beautiful work in progress of an original soundtrack with a gorgeous, memorable melody and an orchestral vibe that's reminiscent of film scores from feature films like The Pianist, Schindler's List, and The Zookeepers Wife. All very nice company to be in!Further to the upside, the piece is nicely composed in an A-B-A-B-A form that works well, and is harmonized and arranged effectively to develop and maintain interest throughout. The overall emotional impact is quite striking--really effective and affecting. Per above, Heart in Vain evokes some of the poignant romantic drama and pathos of historic feature films and film noir/Eastern European works.On the downside, the piece is compromised by the fact that it's presented in demo form as a midi file. Clearly, from the Artist's Submitted Question, the composer knows that the work needs a more fully produced rendition recorded by a legitimate orchestra. In the meantime, the demo sounds... demo'y. The sounds lack the vibrancy of real instruments but there are better orchestral samples available than these. Of course, it also follows that the feeling of a real performance is also lacking here: it suffers from being clocked to the click and the quantizing/error correction available in midi, and really misses the real feel and the dynamics, rubato's, ritards, and sounds of a live orchestral performance.Since a fully produced orchestral recording is expensive, I'd consider some out of the box alternatives to that investment: a school, church, or community orchestra that may be interested in doing Heart in Vain as an original work. And although it's not arranged this way, maybe a string quartet arrangement could substitute for the full orchestra, with or without piano--and, as four or five live pieces, achieve the live feel at an affordable cost.All that said, there's a germ of something really special about the basic elements of this instrumental composition: the melody is unforgettable, and the piece works great as an idea whose time hasn't quite arrived yet.

Quote From Pro: This is a gorgeous work in progress of an original soundtrack with a stunning, memorable melody and an orchestral vibe that's reminiscent of film scores from feature films like The Pianist, Schindler's List, and The Zookeepers Wife. All very nice company to be in!

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