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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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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!

MUSIC ROOM – February 2017

!WELCOME…

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

I enjoy writing songs with lyrics taken from the psalms, popular poems, and my own  compositions. The many themes included, among others, are inspirational and easy listening melodies.

I also 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.

Enjoy my latest selection of instrumental music!

piano(Remember, these songs are copyrighted (c) 2016 Michael F. Nartker, SM.)

The first selection is called Requiem for Autumn.  The piece was originally composed for cello and piano, but the sound is much better using the bassoon!  The piece is more reflective on hope than on death, despite the title, hope in the after life.  This was composed when I was in Manziana, Italy, where I had lots of time on my hands.

The piece starts out with the piano setting the tempo throughout the composition.  After four measures, the bassoon comes in with its unassuming melody and builds to a crescendo and then goes silent.  The piano then continues its tempo, until the bassoon joins in again and the melody changes to one of hope and beckoning.  The piece ends on this melody of hope!

 

The second selection is called “Reflection“, composed for cello and piano.

If you listen carefully to the piece, the first melody introduces the composition, which then leads into the Main Melody which is repeated.  In the third part the then piano plays the first melody counterpoint to the cello playing the Main Melody.  In the fourth part the piano then plays the Main Melody to the cello’s arpeggio.  The piece then ends with the cello repeating the second part, which is the Main Melody and piano accompanying.

 

The third piece is called “Brass Carillon“, written for flugelhorn, two trombones, and a tuba.  The flugelhorn sounds very much like a  french horn.

The piece begins with a quick tempo led by the flugelhorn and repeated by the trombone and then blends into harmony with the tuba.  In the second part the piece slows to a more regal tempo but then quickly picks up tempo for the third part.  The third part is more contemporary rhythm with a lively tempo that deserves to be repeated, and then ends with a repeat of the regal section of the second part.

 

The last selection is called “Clod Hopp’n“.  Yes, I spelled it right!  This piece is written for oboe, tuba and piano (as you can tell I like the tuba!).  This piece moves right along, and before you know it, this foot tapping song has ended.  You may have to repeat it again (and again?).

 

Thank You For Listening!

I hope you enjoyed my music.  Please visit again!

Visit my new blog where I post some of my pieces with the sheet music: bluemoonmusic.website.

 

 

MUSIC ROOM – December 2016

!WELCOME…

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

I enjoy writing songs with lyrics taken from the psalms, popular poems, and my own  compositions. The many themes include, among others, inspirational and easy listening melodies.

I also 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.

Enjoy my latest selection of instrumental music!

piano(Remember, these songs are copyrighted (c) 2016 Michael F. Nartker, SM.)

The first selection is called “Free Space” originally written for piano but transposed for cello and piano.  This is one of my favorite instrumental pieces, already transposed for guitar, oboe, and bassoon.  I enjoy the way this melody enlivens and then leaves you with a desire to hear more.  That may explain why I have transposed it so many times.

 

The second piece is named “Requiem in Autumn“, also written for piano and cello.  By now you will be correct if you said my other favorite musical instrument must be the “cello”, and the two do go well together.  This piece in adagio, off what seems a funeral dirge, but don’t be fooled.  There is hope expressed throughout, almost a looking forward to follow the loved one.

 

The next piece is named “Mary’s Song“, transposed for cello and piano.  This piece was originally written for voice and instruments.  It is based loosely on Mary’s “Magnificat”, but with a different twist to the wording and the refrain.  I like the melody so much that I decided to transpose the voice line for the cello.

 

The last piece is called “Reflection” and written for cello and piano.  The piece plays like a slow dance inviting you in to join in the movement.  The piece gives fair time to the piano as both instruments enter into the dance.

 

I hope you have enjoyed my compositions.

Please visit my new blog called bluemoonmusic.website where I post some of my compositions with the sheet music.  Enjoy!

 

MUSIC ROOM – April 2016

!WELCOME!

If you are new to my Music Room, featured here are my latest original compositions from the time period mentioned above in the title to the last post.  Even though I write for other instruments, I also enjoy writing my own lyrics, which can then be set to a melody of my own composition! Unfortunately, I am still looking for a good singer for my lyrics, but you can still enjoy the violin or oboe substitute!

piano(Remember, these songs are copyrighted (c) Michael F. Nartker, SM 2015.)

My first selection is called Dance of the Baboons (now changed to Dance of the Winds)!  This piece was written for Oboe, two Bassoons, and one Cello.  The two members of the woodwind family, oboe and bassoon, go well together, since they cover a wide range on the musical scale.  I added the cello to fill in and add another sound to the piece.  The melody was written for the cello, but it does switch to a bassoon at one point in the composition.  The unique sound is complete without a piano accompaniment, which I usually like to write for other instruments.  The melody is simple, but listen to what I do with it.  I guess in the end, technically the bassoons dance around the oboe and cello.

 

The second selection is named He Humbled Himself, from the “Kenosis” Hymn in Philippians 2.  Hopefully you can imagine the words.  The piece was written for voice and piano, with oboe playing the voice part.  Throughout the piece is a short repeating musical phrase that ties the piece together.  Hopefully you can catch it as you listen.

 

The last selection is from a piece called Mary, Daughter of God.  I wrote the words to this piece, which I will copy below.  I chose the recorder instrument for the voice, since it best mimics the human voice.  The piece was written for voice and piano.

Mary, Daughter of God, from all time you were the beautiful thought in God’s mind.  Mary, Immaculate Child of Grace, you are God’s gift to His Son.  Mary, Mother of the Son of God, the Christ, pray for us.

Mary, Daughter of Sion, you are the beautiful Maiden of Nazareth.  Mary, amazing Woman of Hope, your fiat gave us Jesus.  Mary, Mother of Joshua, “God Saves”, pray for us.

Mary, Spouse of Joseph, from refuge in Egypt to Calvary at his cross, Mary, made Our Mother at his feet, our Precious Icon of Faith, Mary, Mother of the Church, Body of Christ, pray for us.

Thank You for listening!


When I write my compositions I use my CASIO WK 245 connected via MIDI to my laptop app finale Song Writer 2012.  The advantage is that I can directly play my melody line or chords and the app will write it out directly to the score!  The other advantage is that the playback of my composition, whether finished or in process, is through my CASIO keyboard, selecting the instrument that I want it to play, even a full orchestra!  Then with my SONY IC Recorder I can make a clean copy in MP3 high quality digital recording, for posting on this Blog!  You can still achieve that quality sound with quality speakers or headsets, even when you play through your laptop computer!

 


MUSIC ROOM – March/April 2016

!WELCOME!

If you are new to my Music Room, featured here are my latest original compositions from the time period mentioned above in the title to the last post.  Even though I write for other instruments, I also enjoy writing my own lyrics, which can then be set to a melody of my own composition! Unfortunately, I am still looking for a good singer for my lyrics, but you can still enjoy the violin or oboe substitute!

piano(Remember, these songs are copyrighted (c) Michael F. Nartker, SM 2015.)

My first selection is called I Thank You Lord, lyrics by e. e. cummings.  I wrote another piece using his poem in the last MUSIC ROOM selections.  I do find him difficult to put to music, but worth the effort.  (Remember this music is without the words, which will be coming soon).  This poem was written later in his life, especially when his faith began to be stirred, in a section of his poems called religious leanings (remember, his rarely uses capitalization).  The piece is written for two voices, male and female; people familiar with commings will appreciate this structure.  The composition, after three wonderful stanza, comes to an extended coda!  The piece is tied together with an underlying rhythm introduced at the beginning.  The recorders fill in for the voices and accompanied by piano.

 

The next selection is called Walt’s Reverie, written about a year ago for a friend who happens to be learning the cello.  So this piece was dedicated to him, and hopefully, is playable.  It was kept slow and easy to test the skill and pace of other cello players, also my own compositional skills.  It is written for cello and piano.

 

The third composition and the other two that will follow will give you a taste of what is in my second CD, a sample of another fifteen compositions.  This one is named A Joyful Dance, variation 1Variations allow the composer to rework or to expand a theme with similar compositions.  The similarity of this piece and the following one is really the instrument used to play the melody.  The tempo has picked up compared to the last piece and is really a fun piece to play.  Notice though, I replaced the cello with the bassoon, which has a great sound!

 

The fourth piece is called A Joyful Dance, variation 2.  The instrument that I used is the tuba, another great sound!  Notice, the piano is given a short solo piece several times in the composition.  I find this piece delightful to listen to and I find that it picks me up!

 

The fifth and last composition is called I Waited For The Lord, Psalm 40.  It was also written about a year ago, but only until now have I been able to transpose this piece into my new composition app.  The Oboe replaces the voice part and is accompanied by the piano.  Once you read the words from your bible, you can see the melody needs to match not only the words but also the feeling of this and any psalm!

 

Thank You for listening!


When I write my compositions I use my CASIO WK 245 connected via MIDI to my laptop app finale Song Writer 2012.  The advantage is that I can directly play my melody line or chords and the app will write it out directly to the score!  The other advantage is that the playback of my composition, whether finished or in process, is through my CASIO keyboard, selecting the instrument that I want it to play, even a full orchestra!  Then with my SONY IC Recorder I can make a clean copy in MP3 high quality digital recording, for posting on this Blog!  You can still achieve that quality sound with quality speakers or headsets, even when you play through your laptop computer!

MUSIC ROOM – February 2016

!WELCOME!

If you are new to my Music Room, featured here are my latest original compositions from the time period mentioned above in the title to the last post.  I enjoy writing my own lyrics which I can then set to a melody of my own composition with accompaniment!  I guess I am a composer at heart, since I find it comes naturally.  Unfortunately, I am still looking for a good singer for my songs, but you can still enjoy the violin or oboe substitute!

When I write my compositions I use my CASIO WK 245 connected via MIDI to my laptop app finale Song Writer 2012.  The advantage is that I can directly play my melody line or chords and the app will write it out directly to the score!  The other advantage is that the playback of my composition, whether finished or in process, is through my CASIO keyboard, selecting the instruments that I want it to play, even a full orchestra!  Then with my SONY IC Recorder I can make a clean copy in MP3 high quality digital recording, for posting on this Blog!  You can still achieve that quality sound with quality speakers or headsets, even when you play through your laptop computer!  The only draw back for now, is that I require a human voice to sing my lyrics.  For now, enjoy the analog voice or various instrumental substitutes.

piano(Remember, these songs are copyrighted (c) Michael F. Nartker, SM 2015.)

The first composition called “Got The Beat” was written for cello and piano.  I was in the mood when I wrote this piece, since it just flowed from me.  It is the type of music that my late mother would have loved.  I have picked a trumpet to play with the piano, rather than the cello for a change, since it’s a great match.  The piece is fairly lively, written in the key of C.  You may want to put on your dancing shoes while listening to it .

 

The second selection is a piece called “I Thank You God” written to the words of the poem by e. e. cummings called Religious Leanings, written later on in his life.  It was a difficult piece to write since the meter is not common or regular.  I finally finished and am quite satisfied with the results.  Whether cummings is, I will not know until the next life.  This piece was also written in the key of C with a moderate tempo.

 

This next piece called “Walt’s Gig” was named after a good friend who plays the cello and which many of the pieces that I write are written for his cello.  Not surprising, is written for cello and piano.  This is a lively piece, set in the key of C, which by now you can tell is my favorite key, since I can do a lot neat sounds on the keyboard.  Once in a while I get in a mood to write a piece like this one and the first selection, where I just have to break out of my routine and do something different.  Again, I use the oboe for this piece rather than the cello.

 

The last selection called “I Waited For The Lord“, Psalm 40, was written for voice and piano.  This piece was written in the key of C in a moderate tempo.  Instead of voice I have used one of my many favorite solo instruments, the Oboe, accompanied by the New Age Pad.  One of the reasons for selecting this particular Psalm, are the words.  I find them beautiful and easy to write music to, which is important for any composition with words.  The words and music must be wedded together if one is to create a single piece of beauty.  Otherwise, one just accompanies the other; the music accompanies the words, or the words accompany the music.

 

I hope you have enjoyed my music! 

Remember, using a good headset will always improve the quality of sound over you computer speakers!  These files are recorded in MP3 high quality digital, meant for high quality speakers or headsets!

If you have enjoyed my selection, look for other posts in the INDEX!