Tag Archives: Piano

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!

piano
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!

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 – 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 – May 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 substitute!

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

My first selection is called The Arrow And The Song.  I like composing music to poetry and this composition is no exception, H. W. Longfellow (1807-1882).  I am in the habit now of having an intro, even though short, to my compositions.  Normally I don’t write them, only because I am used to the musicians adding or making up their own (which can be better than the ones I write).  Even though I do not have a voice for this piece yet, hopefully you can tell the introduction, ending, and the interludes.  This piece is written for piano, flute, tuba, and voice.  I like the flute, a more mellow of the wind instruments, and I like the tube, which is such a versatile instrument in the lower ranges and sounds firm and clear (besides, my mother always loved the tube).  We thank the “Do-do” Lady for singing the verses.

 

The second selection is a lively piece called Touching Heaven.  This is another ensemble with piano, oboe, bassoon, and tube (can’t forget the tube!).  There is an interlude with only the oboe, bassoon and the tuba playing.    The bassoon and the piano come in with their duet and concluding with an ending without the piano.  This was a good variety of using the different instruments.

 

The third selection is called Solitude, from the title of a poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919).  I only wrote music for the first stanza.  Maybe in the future I will write another for the next stanza.  You will see when you read the poem for yourself!  I have used the Trumpet in C for the melody, and added the Tube for support.  Only the piano accompanies the Voice on the lyrics.  I tried something a little different in this piece.  The Trumpet plays the melody for the first part of the lyrics and then ends the piece with a solo playing the second part of the lyrics.  Thanks again for the “Do-do” lady singing the solo on the lyrics.

 

The last selection is a string ensemble called Feeling The Breeze.  This lively piece will soften you heart and wishing there were words so you could sing along.  (Sorry, no words,  but you could dance!)  As you will hear there are really two violins, which I like to use mainly for harmony.  However, towards the ends, one of violins drops and then reenters at the end.

 

I hope you enjoyed my selections.

Please feel free to write me you , comments.  (I always read them, except for the bad ones which get edited out by my Spam Guard!)

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!