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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 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!

MUSIC ROOM – January 2016

!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.  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!  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, 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 piece is called Pied Beauty, written for keyboard and voice.  The words are from Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem with the same name.  Since I am mainly a composer rather than a lyricist, I find myself looking at poetry for my lyrics, Hopkins is one of my favorites.  It is not easy putting his poetry to music, since I have to study the words and meter for quite a long time and them let it sit and perk within me.  This is what comes out!  enjoy!  The violin is playing the voice part for now, and the “New Age” selection on the keyboard seems to go along well with this piece.

 

The second selection is named I’m Nobody! Who Are You?, and is also written for voice and keyboard.  The word are from Emily Dickinson this time with the same name as the piece.  Her poems are a little more easy to put to music, and I will enjoy the many compositions that I attempt in the future.  The difficulty with any lyrics put to music in getting the mood and the meter and words to work together.  And when you do, you have a wonderful piece, that I think I have accomplished with this composition also.  I have used violin and “New Age” keyboard setting for this piece, since they seem to go together well.

 

The third piece is called The Greatest Is Love after St. Paul’s passage which is found in 1 Corinthians 13:11-13.  Also for voice and piano, but I have transcribed this piece for piano only.  I have always loved this passage from Paul, and decided to write a piece for it in Adagio and has turned well.

 

The last piece is named Killing Time, which is what I intended until I could find lyrics for my next piece, which I did in poetry.  However, this composition has turned out quite will.  It is arranged for two violins and piano.  I have also used oboes and piano, but violins remain my favorite.

 

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!