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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 – September 2016

!WELCOME!

If you are new to my Music Room, I feature my latest compositions from the time period mentioned above in the title to the last posting.  Even though I write for other instruments, I also enjoy writing my own lyrics set to a melody of my own! Unfortunately, I am still looking for a good singer for my lyrics, until then you can still enjoy the “Doo-Doo Lady” substitute!

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

My first selection is called “Tap Your Foot“.  This composition is set for some of my favorite instruments: Oboe, Trombone, Tube, and Piano.  I thought I would add some percussion to this piece.  In the first section the Oboe carries the melody line with the Trombones in harmony, the percussion carrying beat and pace, and the piano adding a wonderful mood through beat and harmony.  In the middle section the Trombones drop out and the piano picks up their part.  The third section repeats the first section and ends.

 

The second selection is called “Shadow Dance.”  The instruments in this orchestration are the following: Oboe, Tuba, Strings, and Piano.  The Oboe also has the melody line with bass support from the Tuba and harmony from the violins.  The piano doubles on the melody and harmony, but also gives a great beat support to the composition.  In the first section, the Oboe carries the melody with all the other instruments for support, except the piano.  In the second section the Oboe and Strings drop out and the Tuba plays the melody line accompanied by the piano with a simple harmony.  In the third section the Oboe comes back in with the melody accompanied by just the Tuba and the Strings.  In the final section the Oboe and the Tuba come together for a closing duet accompanied by the Strings and the Piano.  In this piece, the Tuba plays a more commanding role than it usually has, simply because I like the Tuba and gave it that role.

 

For the third selection I have a piece called “Walk Upon The Water“.  This piece is written for voice and piano.  The words are taken from the Gospel scene where Peter asks the Lord to call him to walk upon the water.  I have the clarinet playing the voice part.  The piece is written for four verses with repeated refrain.

 

The final selection is called “Praise God” from psalm 150.  This was also written for voice and piano.  The piece is written in such a way that it slowly builds up in intensity of rhythm and harmonic accompaniment until it reached the ending “Hallelujah!”  I have the Oboe playing the voice part in this selection.

 

I hope you have enjoyed the selections and look forward for the next posting of my compositions.

My most recent compositions can also be found on SoundCloud under the name: Michael F. Nartker, SM.  Please visit my site.

Thank You!

MUSIC ROOM – August 2016

!WELCOME!

If you are new to my Music Room, featured here are my latest 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! Unfortunately, I am still looking for a good singer for my lyrics, until then you can still enjoy the “Doo-Doo Lady” substitute!

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

My first selection is called “Pondering“.  This is an instrumental piece that includes Flute, Oboe, Tuba and Piano.  I find myself more and more drawn to writing instrumental pieces, hopefully working to a full orchestra.  The interchange between the instruments is fascinating, even though it takes a lot of concentration.  My usual way of developing the piece is to produce the melody line with the solo instrument in mind, then add the other instruments that I feel would support the melody line.  In the case of this particular piece, the Oboe starts out with the solo line with the other instruments supporting, until the flutes take over with just the piano accompanying repeating the melody until the piece ends with the Oboe playing its last part of the melody as the Coda.

 

The second selection is called “Taking It Easy“, also written for Piano, Flute, and Double Bass.  As the name implies, the melody lazily takes you to the end with the flutes.  The first section begins with just one flute, but at the middle section two flutes dance with the melody accompanied by the piano.  The Coda is a recapitulation of the last part of the melody line from the first section.

 

The third choice is an orchestration of the piano piece written earlier in the year called “Meandering“.  The brass section begins with the melody and then the violins take over and repeat.  The brass comes back in for a smaller section and the the strings take over and ends with a little longer section.  I think this song lends itself well to the brass section since the strings seemed less interesting.

 

The last selection is called “Keep In Step“.  I am sure you will not help but want to get in step with this lively piece.  I have added percussion to this composition, which is a first for me.  It really cried out for timpani, but I think I will wait for the next piece…maybe.  Notice the brass play a major role in the melody line with piano and other instruments supporting.

 

I hope you have enjoyed this selection and look forward for my next compositions.  I have been a little busy this summer, but I have continued to compose!  I am in the process of photocopying my sheet music for electronic archives and accessibility for a certain party.  This blog site has posted most of my compositions.

I post my recent compositions can also be found on SoundCloud under the name: Michael F. Nartker, SM.  Please visit my site.

Thanks You!

 

 

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!

MUSIC ROOM – late December 2015

!WELCOME!

If you are new to my Music Room, I feature here my latest original compositions from the time period mentioned above in the title to the last time frame.  I enjoy writing my own lyrics, since it avoids copyright complications, and besides I can then set them to a melody of my own composition with accompaniment!  I guess I am a composer at heart, since I find it comes naturally.  The following four compositions are for instruments only: three piano pieces and one string ensemble.

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!  I do need to indicate the note/s amount.  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, again using the app, that means even a full orchestra!  Then with my SONY IC Recorder I can make a clean copy in MP3 for posting on this Blog!  The only draw back for now, is that I require a human voice to sing my lyrics.  For now, enjoy the analog voice.

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

The first piece is called Three Haiku, written for piano and voice.  If you are familiar with Japanese poetry called “Haiku”, this piece used three of them arranged to music.  Someday I will have someone to sing the words  that I wrote myself using this oriental form of poetry.  The piece is composed in the Key of C Major in Moderate time (70 meter) and repeats the whole piece again.

 

The second piece is called My King and My God, Psalm 84, composed for voice and piano.  For this version I have used the violin for the voice part and the New Age Pad in place of the piano.  The combination gives the piece a wonderful sound!  I love the words which I have arranged for this composition, repeating the above phrase and part of the psalm in two verses.  One can never go wrong using the Psalms in music, especially if the words touch your heart.  This piece is also written in the Key of C Major, Moderate time (75 meter).

 

The third piece is titled Heart Strings, variation 2.  The piece was also written in the Key of C Major, at a Moderate tempo (80 meter) for piano or organ.  This version is written for violin and Syn Pad.  This piece was meant to be played in order of the variations, beginning with Heart Strings, var 1 to 4.  Soon I will record variation 4 and then present all four for your listening pleasure.  This piece seems to end abruptly, and it does without the other variations.  This composition also lends itself for future variation or development.

 

There are only three compositions in this presentation, but I hope you will return for more in the next year 2016!

Enjoy!