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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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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 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.

Comment by Matthew Guevara on January 2, 2014 at 1:13am

Hey guys. Cheak out my new piano piece. On my page it looks like i posted a song with a bunch of random letters and numbers. That's the one! You can also go into my music; its the one titled the awakening. Please criticize it as much as you want! I really want to learn how to compose full scale pieces instead of these little two or one voice compositions. Any advice??? Thanks

Comment by Andrew Herring on November 12, 2013 at 3:36pm

@ Connor - I deliberately employed the Fibonacci Sequence throughout much of the composition process, while the Golden Mean fell into place very nicely on its own. As far as the Fibonacci references go, there is one rhythm that is "eighth - eighth - quarter - dotted quartet - eighth tied to half - whole," which is 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, and 8 eighth notes in length. Another reference is during the pizzicato section - a pizz. is followed by 1 beat of rest, then another pizz. and a beat of rest, then 2, 3, 5, 8... As for the Golden Mean, the chorale section begins ten measures away from the calculated measure .618 of the way through the piece. The climax of the chorale occurs exactly .618 of the way through this section. Neither of these were planned, they happened by chance! Thanks for your interest!

Comment by Connor Peavy on October 20, 2013 at 11:05pm

@ Ethan wow,that sounds great.has really nice flow.
btw have you tried some of the right hand parts (like the pattern at starts at 4:30) as octaves of the notes. I find they add little more depth without changing sound a lot. 
@Ray wow, your music sounds great,and dramatic.
@ Andrew  great song ,and very interesting and the theory side. you captured the story well from your write up on soundcloud 
 using the Fibonacci Sequence and Golden Mean to write a song is cool,if you don't mind me asking how did you figure out what to use which theory for?? writing songs using math theory with music theory is fun,and a challenging.

all your guys music sounds great and amazing. 

Comment by Andrew Herring on October 20, 2013 at 1:14pm

https://soundcloud.com/andrew-d-herring/mans-first-night-in-the-garden

Hello all! This is my first post in this group. I'm looking for feedback on a string quartet I've composed, based on the idea of the first man on earth falling asleep. It is composed in three sections- the first atonal, the second in a whole tone scale, and the third a chorale in Db major. Thanks!

Comment by Aaron Siegel on October 19, 2013 at 8:00am

@Ethan @Ray, and  @Connor, you guys should listen to each other's work and offer some feedback.  What is really working for you, and what suggestions do you have?  If each of you listen to one other work, then all of you will have had some comments.  

Comment by Ethan Fields on October 18, 2013 at 10:39pm

Four Scenes for Piano, I: Snow in the Night

Hello all, this is my first upload to this site. Please give this a listen, any feedback is really appreciated. Thanks! :)

 
 
 

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