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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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I composed a choral piece for this competition and paid to have it professionally recorded.  You can listen and download the score here:…Continue

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I did a Steel Band arrangement, last semester, of Manfred Mann's arrangement of the Bruce Springsteen tune "Blinded by the Light". It went off real well, the crowd was jammin', screamin', throwing babies on the stage, etc. and I got a decent…Continue

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Comment by Hasmik Hakobyan on June 11, 2014 at 10:26am
Comment by Jonah Verdon on June 6, 2014 at 9:39am

Hey guys, I interviewed MORGAN JAMES who is trained classically, is a Broadway star, and is now an Epic recording artist who writes her own music!! Check it out:

Comment by Shelly Gage on June 5, 2014 at 9:00pm

This is the fourth piece in my first opus, A War Wherein. I would love it if any of you could take a listen and give me your feedback


Thank you!

Comment by Jonah Verdon on May 27, 2014 at 10:00pm

Hi, Composing Group!!! I am not a composer (yet????) but I am amazed with what you guys can do!! I interviewed a composer, Beth Rudetsky, recently and I thought you guys would like to see the interview, she has an interesting perspective!!! 

Comment by Shelly Gage on May 6, 2014 at 12:14am

Hi, everyone! So, I'm brand new to the entire music exchange, but I'm so glad I've found it. I have been listening to many talented musicians here, and have been blown away by what I've heard. It would be an honor for me to have some immensely talented composers help me with my work. This is a piece I wrote not too long ago, and is the first in my first opus. The recording isn't great -- I made a few minor mistakes when I initially recorded this. I plan to correct these errors the next time I'm in the studio. I would love some constructive criticism -- any you may have. Thank you so much in advance. I'm excited to hear more from my talented peers. Here is the link: https://soundcloud.com/shellygagemusic/for-the-one-i-love-op-1-no-1

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


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