MUSIC ROOM – Chaminade Bicentennial Special 2018

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To celebrate our founder of the Society of Mary or Marianists, I am listing four songs; two with voice part or lyrics and two instrumental.  The songs were picked to emphasize gifts that Father William Joseph Chaminade saw that the Marianist Family should cultivate; Interior Is The Essential in the piece “From the Inside Out“, Mary in the piece “How Wonderful You Are“, Reflection in the piece “My King And My God“, and Joy in the piece “Free Space“.

I have given the MP3 files for the Music and the PDF files for the Song Sheets to these pieces.

The first selection called From The Inside Out is a more sensitive piece hopefully revealing the feelings of the composer, revealing the inside, or the interior – the soul.  Hopefully this piece accomplishes this.  The piece interplays between the cello and the oboe with piano accompanying.

From The Inside Out

The second selection called How Wonderful You Are is a reflection on Mary, Mother of God, during her later years on her life.  Similar to the Magnificat, but not quite.  But then, I’ll let you reflect on her words yourself.

Mary’s Song piano & voice

The third selection called My King And My God is from the Psalms with the oboe playing the voice part and Soft Pad accompanying.  The piece allows the listener to reflect on the titles of God beginning with this Psalms title, King.

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The last selection called Free Space is played by the guitar and is a joyful piece.  If you don’t feel joyful at the end of this piece then you will have to keep looking elsewhere.  The fingering may be a little challenging.

Free Space

I hope you have enjoyed my selections to celebrate Chaminade Bicentennial, but don’t wait until the next 200 years, listen now!

 

MUSIC ROOM – January 2018

!WELCOME…

…to my MUSIC ROOM. 

Featured here are my latest music compositions for the period posted.

I enjoy writing for various musical instruments and the different combinations like string ensembles and with a variety of themes from inspirational to classical.   Lately I have been composing for piano, cello, and tenor recorder, simply because those are the instruments played in our Music Composers Group (MCG), consisting of a Concert Pianist, a Cellist, and a Tenor/Soprano Recorder.

The present selection are all voice and piano compositions with assorted instruments filling in for the voice part.

Here are my latest selections of music, Enjoy!

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For music go to: www.shortandlongstories.net

 

The fist selection is called: Peace At The Last.  The words to this song were found in “The Marianist Family Prayer Book” edited by Bro. Donald Boccardi, SM in 2001, at the back of the book in Section “VI Various Prayers”.  The prayer was written by John Henry Newman called “Peace at Last”.  I felt that the oboe for the voice part would be appropriate.  The song repeats.

Here are the words:

May he support us all the day long, Till the shades lengthen and the evening comes and the busy world is hushed and the fever of life is over and our work is done – Then in his mercy – May he give us a safe lodging and a holy rest and peace at the last.

 

The second selection is called: Morning Prayer from Africa.  The words to this song is also found in the above mentioned prayer book, same section, but the author is unknown as far as I could ascertain.  The music is a little jazzy to fit the interpretation, that is why I have chosen the oboe to play the voice part.

O God, you have let me pass the night in peace, Let me pass the day in peace wherever I may go upon my way which you made peaceable for me.  O God, lead my steps.  When I have spoken, keep lies away from me.  When I am hungry, keep me from murmuring.  When I am satisfied, keep me from pride.  Calling upon you, I pass the day, O Lord, who has no Lord.

 

The third selection is one of my own lyrics, called: In The Silence Of The Night, reflecting on my own prayer experiences.  I will wait until I have the singer before I post the words.  The melody is in three parts.  The melody to the  first part repeats.  The melody to the second part descends in staircase fashion but follows a 5-3-4-2-3-1 pattern.  The melody in the third part, which repeats, mimics the second part by descending, but follows a 5-7-3-5-1-3 pattern.  The first melody ends the piece with repeat.  The cello plays the voice part.

 

The last selection is called: Brown Spring.  The lyrics were written by my friend Johanna Humphrey in 1960 in a separate selection of hers.  I promised to write a song using her poems, and this piece keeps that promise.  The oboe plays the voice part in this piece.

I saw a topaz flo’r this morn, when airy puffs rough jostled at its stem.  I hear the minstrels of God’s sky this day,  A Paean, a full throat-ed hymn!  I felt a starkness unfoiled trees at noon, their wind beat coats were being sun-washed down, a single green of grass in solitude made contrast with the earth still brown.

I tasted nectar sweetened breaths of dew, which ran diffusely into hidden rills, I sensed that earthly smell of growing newness, that soon will penetrate the ancient hills.  I knew cruel Frost would abdicate her throne; her chilly fingers gathered up her gown; beneath the shroud which velvet evening brings, she left behind the earth still brown.

 

I hope you have enjoyed my music.  Please visit this site again where I try to post new music every month or so.

Thank You!

ART GALLERY – January 2018

Welcome to my Art Gallery!

In this presentation are my latest paintings and drawings.

These series contain a variety of subjects and media and technique.  I hope you enjoy them!

The first selection called Fawn is drawn first with ink and then the main subject is colored with pastel pencil.  This style seems to be very popular lately, where I believe because the main subject starkly stands out from the background.  The most important part of any animal are the eyes.  Get them wrong and the whole portrait is lacking.

I was very tempted to draw in the grass, since the color is a beautiful shade of green in early spring.

The initial size is 12 x 18 in.  Normally I like to use 10 x 14 in. since it is easier to frame.

Fawn

 

The second selection called Musick Chapel Statue (Memorial) is located on Seminole Island on Indian Lake, Ohio.  Yes, his name is Mr. Musick who had this chapel build as a memorial for his daughter.  I have never seen it used since living here at the Lake for over three years now.  This is the picture of the statue in front of the building, which is rather large and can be used as a music hall for recitals.  I am hoping to use the building myself in the future just for that purpose.

The drawing was first done in ink and then colored using watercolor.  I like watercolor for the delicate play of the shadows in the windows and the leaves of the tree in front of the statue.  The picture was drawn on 12 x 18 inch paper.

Musick Chapel Statue

 

One can take a bike ride around the lake, but most of the roads go through farm country, like this old barn that I sited driving back from the gas station.  In this third selection, called Indian Lake Barn,  I painted in watercolor on 10 x 14 in. paper, and made great use of layering or washing the painting to get a darker color.  Layering or washing a painting gives the artist greater control of the subject.  The sky with clouds is done by laying the blue sky color first and then dropping plain water in a pattern.  The blue color retreats away from where the droplets are placed leaving the white of the paper behind.

Indian Lake Barn

In the fourth selection, Green Heron, was done in watercolor on 10 x 14 in. paper.  Most of the watercolor paper that I use is “Arches Watercolor Block”, since warping or wrinkling is kept to a minimum when using a block of paper.

In painting the feathers, I waited until the blue and the brown color was dry and painted in the pattern using opaque white.

Green Heron

 

The last selection that I want to end with is painted in watercolor, The Purple Fringed White Iris.  I painted this on an Artists’ Retreat in the foothills of Zanesville, Ohio.  The purple frill around the Iris was created by wetting the individual petals of the flower first and then dropping in the color, which is called “Wet on Wet” technique.

White with Purple Trim Iris

 

Thank You for visiting my Web-Site.  Hope you enjoyed my paintings as much as I have drawing them!

 

ART GALLERY – December 2017

Welcome to my Art Gallery!

Presented this week are my latest paintings and drawings.

These series are mainly flowers draw on large 17×23 watercolor paper, two other selections of buildings.

The first selection is Violet Iris drawn in watercolor.  There is a light rose wash under layer to the whole flower and allowed to dry before the blue and violet was added to bring out the depth.

Violet Iris 17×23

The second selection is a Yellow and Purple Iris, colored using pastel pencils.  A light grey and blue background helps bring out the colors, especially the yellow.  The flower was outlined in places with black ink . I purposely aligned the flash of the camera on the lower tongue of the pedal.

Yellow/Purple Iris 17×23

The third choice is a Deep Pink Hibiscus in watercolor.  A grayish brick-like background blends in nicely with the colors, not interfering withe pink.

Pink Hibiscus 17×23

The fourth piece is called a Trillium, found in the wild woods of Ohio in the early spring time.  Painted in watercolor the background is a blue used in the leaves.

Trillium 17×23

The fifth selection is initially drawn with pencil, but the flowers of the purple cone and black eyed Suzanne’s are colored in watercolor.  I have been using this technique of what seems like an incomplete painting in several of my pictures with overwhelming positive responses from the general public at my last showing at Gallery St John in Dayton, Ohio.

Wild Flowers 17×23

The sixth piece is called a Yellow Columbine in watercolor.  I added the brown background which is more similar to the yellow.  A light violet would be more the complementary, a mix of blue and red.  The brown works, but doesn’t bring our the yellow as much as the violet would, and almost mutes the flower.

Yellow Columbine 17×23

The second to last selection is a Japanese Pagoda in a fall scene.  The painting was done in watercolor using blue to paint in the negative space between the red, yellow, and orange leaves of autumn causing them to almost jump our of the picture.  Contrast this to the Yellow Columbine in the previous selection!

Pagoda 10×15

And the last piece is called The O’Connor’s Cabins in black ink and pastel pencils.  As in the previous selection with the Wild Flowers, only the houses have been colored in.  (The grey shadows on the white paper is the photographic interference from the lighting and not the drawing.)

O’Connor’s Cabins 13×17

Thank You for your time in viewing my drawings.  I hope you have enjoyed seeing them as much as I have drawing them!

MUSIC ROOM – November 2017

!WELCOME…

…to my MUSIC ROOM. 

Featured here are my latest music compositions from the last time period posted.

I enjoy writing for various musical instruments and their different combinations, like string ensembles, with a variety of themes from inspirational to classical.  Of course, piano is my favorite instrument, so that will be featured in many of the pieces.  Lately I have been composing for piano, cello, and tenor recorder, simply because those are the instruments in our Music Composers Group (MCG), consisting of a Concert Pianist, a Cellist, and a Tenor/Soprano Recorder.

Here are my latest selections of music!

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For music go to: www.shortandlongstories.net

 

My First Selection is called “From The Inside Out” written for piano, cello, and oboe.  The oboe is filling in for the Tenor Recorder.  The piece would be perfect for a violin on the Tenor Recorder part, matching up with the cello part.  The piece is Easy Listening, smooth with beautiful melody and harmony lines.  The composition changes to another key without hardly a notice.  You probably want to have a sip of wine first before listening to this piece!

From The Inside Out

The Second Selection is called “Morning Prayer” from Africa.  Sorry I don’t have anyone yet singing the words, since they are not only beautiful but the melody is intimately linked to the words.  The trumpet plays the voice part quite nicely with the piano accompanyingI have used dotted accents to emphasize certain words as you can hear from the trumpet.  I found this prayer in an old prayer book used by our former New York Province.  Here is the first refrain: “You have let me pass the night in peace, O God.  Let me pass the day in peace.”

“Morning Prayer” from Africa

 

My Third Choice is called “Holy Heart” from the words of St. Thomas More,  a martyr against the cause of the arrogant King Henry VIII to obtain a divorce.  “Lord, grant me a holy heart.”  The prayer is from the same above prayer book.   I have used the trumpet, a great substitute instrument for the voice part.  The piano is playing the accompaniment with the trombone coming on the second part.  The trumpet takes over again in the third and last section.  The trombone give the brass part a nice contrast to the trumpet.

“Holy Heart”

 

The Last Selection was originally called “God Be In My Head” which I changed to “sarum primer“, using all small case letters.  The words are from the same prayer book as the above songs.  I am not sure what the Sarum Primer is, possibly from Ireland(?)  The violin is playing the voice part with the cello and piano.  (God be in my head and in my understanding. God be in my eyes and in my looking.  God be in my mouth and in my speaking. God be in my heart and in my thinking.  God be at my end and my departing.)  The above prayer is made up of five two line stanzas.  The middle two, “…in my mouth…in my heart,” are in the middle section of the piece that has a faster pace and is repeated.  The fifth stanza ends the piece.

Thank you for listening!

Welcome to listen to more music listed in the INDEX.

(Respect my copyright: (c) 2017 Michael F. Nartker, S.M.)

MUSIC ROOM – October 2017

!WELCOME…

…to my MUSIC ROOM. 

Featured here are my latest music compositions from the time period mentioned above and before.

I enjoy writing for various musical instruments and their different combinations, like string ensembles, with a variety of themes from inspirational to classical.  Of course, piano is my favorite instrument, so that will be featured in many of the pieces.  Lately I have been composing for piano, cello, and tenor recorder, simply because those are the instruments in our Music Composers Group (MCG), which we are blessed with a Concert Pianist, Cellist, and Tenor/Soprano Recorder.

Enjoy my latest selection of instrumental music!

piano(Respect my copyright: (c) 2017 Michael F. Nartker, S.M.)

First Selection: I would like to present my most recent compositions beginning with the following:Mirror of Hope“.

This piece was originally called “Luna Moth,” but during practice our cellist played it in the minor key as a warmup.  It sounded different, but we all liked it.  So I decided to rewrite the composition starting in the minor then switching to the Major, minor, and then ending in the Major; sort of playing on the title, which I renamed.

For this piece I am using the oboe, English horn, and piano, written in Bb minor and then alternating with G Major, at a slow meter of 65, 2.41 minutes.  The first section in the minor is played by the cello and sounds kind of hopeless.  The second section breaks in with the hopeful sound of the Major played by the oboe with the cello joining in harmony.  In the third section both oboe and cello slip back into the minor, but the last short section of the piece the cello closes in the Major!

 

Second Selection: was written for our celebration of our Founder of the Society of Mary title “I Am A Brook” who always referred to himself as a Brook, in the sense that nothing could stop him, neither difficulties nor trials.  For the voice part I am using the oboe, my instrument of choice, and the Steel String Guitar for the piano part.  It is interesting that this “finale” app not only allows the switch but sounds quite good.

The piece is written in F Major and Moderately at 70 meters, 2.55 minutes.  The refrain is really in two parts which is played in full at the beginning.  After the first verse the first part of the refrain is played, and after the second verse the second part of the refrain is played, and after the third verse the full refrain is played for the final time.

 

Third Selection: was written to the words of a prayer by Saint Thomas More called “For A Holy Heart” which I named “Holy Heart“.

The simple piece is written in G Major at a meter of 80 and using the Trumpet for the voice part with Piano and Warm Pad.  This instrument, the Warm Pad, gives me the sound closest to what I want.

 

Last Selection: is called “God Be In My Heart“.  The words were taken from a prayer book with the title “Sarum Primer,” which sounds a little Irish.

The piece was written in C Major using Oboe, English Horn, Tuba and Piano.  Even though the piece was written at Adagio or 70 meters, it does move along.  The song begins a little slow in the first part, the piano moves it along in the second part with its triplets.

 

I hope you have enjoyed my compositions.  Feel free to listen to past composition using the index at the opening page of this blog!

 

MUSIC ROOM – July 2017

!WELCOME…

…to my MUSIC ROOM.  Featured here are my latest music compositions from the time period mentioned above.

I enjoy writing for various musical instruments and their different combinations, like string ensembles, with a variety of themes from inspirational to classical.  Of course, piano is my favorite instrument, so that will be featured in many of the pieces.  Lately I have been composing for piano, cello, and tenor recorder, simply because those are the instrument in our Music Composers Group (MCG).

Enjoy my latest selection of instrumental music!

pianoRemember the copyright: (c) 2016 Michael F. Nartker, SM.

The First Piece is called  “Remembering” and is written for Piano and Soft Pad.  In this piece is more of an Easy Listening genre, so I have added the Soft Pad to give it more of that dreamy sound with the piano.  I find that the piano helps to define the notes more clearly, or they may get lost in the Soft Pad sound.  The first part of the piece sets the mood, but the second part has the lovely melody.  In the third part the first half of the beginning of the piece is repeated for the ending.

 

The second selection is called “Ever So Lightly”.  The melody is a good old foot tapping piece written for Piano, Oboe, and English Horn.  There is short interlude after the first part that leads into a solo between the Oboe and the English Horn.  The beginning part is repeated for the ending.  The cello was replaced by the Oboe and the tenor recorder by the English Horn.

 

The third piece is called “Breakthrough“.  This piece combines the   Piano and the Soft Pad again but in a more fanfare genre.  This is a good piece to play while driving since it will keep you to a steady speed.  No racing here.

 

The last selection is called “Hear Me“.  It is written for piano, cello, and tenor recorder, but I have substituted the Oboe for the tenor recorder and the English Horn for the cello.  It is a nice melody that intertwines the cello and tenor recorder together with the piano entering and exiting throughout the piece, as though leaving the other two instruments to dance alone.

Thank You for listening to my music.  I hope you have enjoyed it, and please return for more.

 

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