Halloween is just around the corner, a little scary music never hurt anyone. Spook your your trick or treaters with these spine tinglers on ….
Tito Abeleda has just released a new piano solo piece entitled Tempus Fugit. Tempus Fugit is Latin for Time Flies - how time flies indeed. This piano piece musically expresses how fleeting time is. We never seem to have enough time. We value having it. We are saddened when we lose it. Tempus Fugit captures….
…Halloween in modern times has evolved from a merging of its early Christianity roots with secular horror novels like Frankenstein and Dracula. The dark and evil connotation associated with the skull emanates from the early Christian concept of Golgotha,
"a reminder of death and the transitory quality of human life" and is consequently found in memento mori and vanitas compositions; skulls have therefore been commonplace in Halloween, which touches on this theme. Traditionally, the back walls of churches are "decorated with a depiction of the Last Judgment, complete with graves opening and the dead rising, with a heaven filled with angels and a hell filled with devils" (Leslie n.d.)…
Island unto Myself has a sad tranquil, contemplative ambience as if one were alone on an island in the middle of the Pacific ocean. The flutes and clarinet add a very dreamy quality to the music, while the cello echoes sadness and loneliness. Island Unto Myself is a dreamy yet sad piece composed for Chamber Ensemble of 2 flutes, 1 clarinet, and string ensemble. It expresses the emotions and feelings that envelope us during times of sadness - that feeling of 'aloneness' because sorrow is so personal and individual to each of us that we shut down to process and heal….
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We all remember 9/11. It is etched in our minds deeply and profoundly. We also have our personal stories of sadness and sorrow that are etched in our minds with the same gravity and depth. At the time the pain is so great and unbearable. We ask ourselves how will we ever recover from this. But the human spirit is filled with such strength and resilience. When we do come back,…
We all do it in some form or another and for different reasons. How would that translate musically? Sometimes we’re running because we’re late. Other times, we’re running because we’re frantically searching for something. Others find themselves doing the chasing, while others are running away from those chasing them down. Sometimes, we’re simply trying to sneak out and get away. This is….
As I have mentioned before inspiration can come from any aspect of life from within and from what surrounds us. Recent current events have served as the impetus for creativity for me. Last week I was so overwhelmed with emotion, sadness, courage, and inspiration to compose the piece Procession in D Minor (for Full Orchestra and SATBB Choir) and Procession in Minor (for Wind Ensemble and SATBB Choir). It is deep, profound, and filled with a mixture of the emotions I was feeling during my writing of the piece. There is an undertone of sadness yet its build in processional style is indicative of courage to overcome adversity, to face challenges, and to honor those who have been taken away from us….
Music moves people in such different ways due its emotional connection with its listeners. Emotional music moves me in such a profound way. Similarly, It flows naturally from within me for outer expression when I write music. In hindsight, whenever I had a choice to choreograph dance pieces many years ago, I would choose very emotional, dark music to share stories that also had a sad dark premise. So, it appears that my creative self-expression comes from an inner desire to express that which I usually do not express in my normal course of interaction with the rest of the world. People often describe me as having a happy-go-lucky, jovial, exuberant persona. Carl Jung believed that there is a mechanism of balance between the inner and outer life of a person. Nature in its grand scheme seeks balance. Weather is an excellent example. From that perspective, that makes some sense. However, creating music is much more than that. Music goes deeper than that. From personal experience in observing other artists as well as myself, I venture to say that composers’ creations embody their personal stories plus the emotions that are a very deep integral aspect of their stories expressed through musical sounds. A composer’s creation becomes music when a listener makes a connection with a composer’s creation in a personal way to the listener. Hence, every person is moved by different types of music. What I find to be music to my ears may not be music to another’s ears. A composer’s story or emotional intention may not be exactly the same to the meaning attributed by the listener. It is the listener’s connection with the composer’s creation that results in music to one’s ears. A listener becomes a fan when that listener identifies and connects with much of a music creator’s music. The old adage “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder’ speaks a truth for music creators that music is in the ears of the beholder. So, composers hope …
Adding Swag to James Lord Pierpont’s Famous Carol
I wonder if James Lord Pierpont had swag in his time. Well, he does now at least with this new twist on Jingle Bells. Jingle Bells originally composed by James Lord Pierpont in 1857. It was published as One Horse Open Sleigh intended for Thanksgiving holiday. This arrangement modifies this public domain piece with instrumentation and genre. It has been arranged as a hip-hop rap solo with clean slightly modified original lyrics to give an authentic hip-hop urban feel. This is an easy and should provide some refreshing
12 Days of Christmas Hip-Hop Rap features Rap Soloist, Percussion, and Optional Beatboxing for High School Choirs, and Fun Audience Participation
Christmas is just around the corner. School is making its preparations for the first day of school. Music teachers are making plans for their fall and winter programs. What an ideal time to consider adding some refreshing urban holiday hip-hop to one’s holiday programs. Tito Abelea has arranged a collection of traditional Christmas music. Sheet Music Plus has just published the first in the Holiday Hip-Hop Rap collection: 12 Days of Christmas Hip-Hop Rap, See below for item details….
In Part 1, we discussed that music works created before 1923 are now classified as being in the public domain. That classification applies only under U.S. copyright law. When works fall into this classification, the public is free to use these music works. But there are some caveats to consider. The public domain is an evolving universe of creative works. To clarify, although music created before 1923 is in fact in the public domain, the distinction is only the original music has gone into the public domain. When a new musical work is created from a pre-existing musical work, a new copyright is created, also known as a derivative copyright, As a result, arrangements of original music that is in the public domain, may not have gone into the public domain. So any musical arrangement made after 1923 would still enjoy copyright protection applying the applicable copyright rules….