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Arranging Ellington

Congratulations to Michael Conrad for his winning submission to the Arranging Ellington project! Our review panel was impressed by the depth and inventiveness of all of the submissions, but Michael’s arrangement of “Come Sunday” was particularly remarkable. 


Due to the high quality of submissions we received, we have decided that two other arrangements from the project will also be performed at the concert on March 30th at Carnegie Hall. We would like to congratulate Dan O’Brien and Stephanie Wieseler on being selected to have their arrangements performed this spring.


Click here to listen to the winning arrangements. 



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Do you ever wonder why every scale has a different character, rather than just being a mere translation of another? For example, all minor scales have the same sequence of steps, but Em definitely sounds like a different colour from Am, or C#m?Continue

Started by Viet. Last reply by Thomas Cabaniss Dec 5, 2013.

What the difference between Composing and Arranging? 9 Replies

A couple of weeks ago, we launched the Arranging Ellington project from the Jazz group in Musical Exchange.  Our hope was that this…Continue

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Started by Aaron Siegel. Last reply by Aaron Siegel Nov 13, 2013.

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Comment by Andrew Herring on April 8, 2014 at 8:17pm

Hey everyone! Quick theory question: Can anybody tell me if there are types of Augmented Sixth chords beyond the standard It., Fr., and Gr. variants? Thanks!

Comment by Branch Freeman on April 2, 2014 at 5:23pm

Deus Deorum-I (score).pdf ~The score of the movement, also, in case anyone's curious. 

Comment by Branch Freeman on April 2, 2014 at 5:15pm

@Aaron Thanks so much for listening! :D I started off hoping to create a piece of more or less traditional structure and harmony (which is just a matter of taste) while infusing it with some more modern harmonies. This movement came out much further along the "traditional" end of the spectrum, apart from a few jazz chords which go quite quickly.

My thought for the piece as a whole is to model it on a traditional, straight-laced, classical cantata, but have the traditional harmonic rules break more and more with each movement, so that by the end what we've got has the spirit of an old-fashioned cantata with the harmonics of...I don't know...something crazy

Comment by Aaron Siegel on April 2, 2014 at 11:14am

@branch  Thanks so much for posting this new piece.  From the title and the style of the music, I can tell you are trying to anchor this work in a historical tradition.  I hear some late Mozart or early Romantic music in this piece.  Tell us:  What was your rationale for working in this style?  Which repertoire are you using as a reference?

Comment by Branch Freeman on April 1, 2014 at 8:46pm

Comment by Tim Fehling on March 9, 2014 at 10:14pm

LOTR "The Bridge of Khazad-dum" MIDI file attached.

Hello Composing Group!

I have a fun & educational exercise I'd like to share, to hopefully inspire you to try something similar. Awhile back, I decided to do a mock-up of the song "The Bridge of Khazad-dum" from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring soundtrack (copyright 2001. Reprise Records).

It was a wonderful learning experience and made me realize how incredibly well orchestrated film music can get (as well as modern pop music and some rock too). What I did was carefully listen to the original .mp3 dozens of times, and gradually piece together all the different notes, harmonies, etc. for the different orchestrations (Strings, Horns, Timpani, Choir, ...). I recommend it to everyone to attempt to "re-create" an already existing, professionally recorded & mixed song. At the least, it really helps you develop your ear.

I've attached 2 files and a link, for you to use, enjoy, experiment with, learn from...however you like.

1) LOTR Bridge of Khazad Dum mp3 mock up (my attempt at re-creating the original song, using virtual instruments. It's definitely not the best mock up. You can really tell how much more POWER, AIR and DYNAMICS come from live, professional recordings).

2) LOTR Bridge of Khazad Dum mock up MIDI (the file includes the regions and tempo mapping from my project, and it should align almost perfectly with the original song, 5:57). Any modern DAW you use should be able to open it and import the info.

3) Link (http://www.amagpiesnest.com/): The webpage I used to determine the various Choir chants and lyrics.

Enjoy and good luck! I hope you decide to try the same with one of your favorite songs. It's a great learning experience!

LOTR Bridge of Khazad Dum mp3 mock up

LOTR Bridge of Khazad Dum mock up MIDI

Comment by Jeff Winn on February 26, 2014 at 12:33pm

hey!. new to the group,am working on releasing my first CD of original works...Ambient,chill music......could definitely be used for a movie or sound track..on Facebook at jeff.winn.165......peace!

Comment by Mikhail Johnson on January 29, 2014 at 7:22pm

I am happy to announce this piece which was my last work for 2013 and the first for 2014. 

This piece "Misereatur" for unaccompanied mixed chorus (with division) composed on Christmas day of 2013 and completed on the 4th of January 2014, is the composer's representation of closing the chapters of the old year and beginning a new chapter in year ahead. Dedicated to the past and present members of the Northern Caribbean University Chamber Choir who were under the directorship of Dr. Andrew Marshall of which Johnson was a member of, it pronounces an apostolic blessing to all for mercy, forgiveness of sin, and for guidance to life eternal through our Lord Jesus Christ. The text for this piece is in traditional Latin taken from the Orbis et Urbis and Johnson's setting of music to these text, with its sonorous contour and contrapuntal styling, provides the mixed atmosphere of reverence, solemnity, humility, praise, hope and acclamation all summed up into this short work.

Please comment and share! Looking forward to hear your feedback.

Misereatur Score.pdf

Comment by Anthony Constantino on January 9, 2014 at 3:03pm
Hey Amanda, I've contacted you here -—> https://twitter.com/adctino/status/421370642051915776
Can you send me more info on the project?
Comment by Amanda F. Jacobsen DeLalla on January 9, 2014 at 1:57pm

COMPOSER WANTED for "The Awakening," a new musical drama!


Check http://amandadelalla.wix.com/amanda-delalla#!the-awakening/c1t9i for more info.


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