While we lost connection to the internet for nearly a week, I used the time to finish three string quartet arrangements of Carole King songs. I've been meaning to finish them for some time. They are all from the album Tapestry (1971)SheetMusicPlus, along with You've got a friend (the first Carole King song I arranged) and lots of other stuff.
Two of my pieces are due to be played in December, both in the USA. The first is for sax and harp. It's called SWARM, and The Admiral Launch Duo will be playing it at Bezanson Recital Hall in Amherst, Massachusetts. I have shared the event on Facebook.
The other piece is a setting of a winter poem by Emily Brontë, Fall, Leaves, Fall. It is for for two singers, viola and piano, and Contemporary Columbus will perform it at 7pm on Sunday, 17 December at Wild Goose Creative in Columbus, Ohio. This is the inaugural concert of Contemporary Columbus. Brontë's poem is given below.
At the end of last month I said I might make an arrangement of Vincent (Starry, Starry Night) by Don McLean. It is for string quartet again (as was American Pie). The score, parts and an audio except are all here on sheetmusicplus.
'Starry, Starry Night' refers to Vincent van Gogh's painting The Starry Night (below). The whole song was created on the 100th anniversary of the midpoint of Van Gogh's life.
Happy 100th Birthday Mr Douglas!
... not by me. I have arranged American Pie by Don McLean - just because I can (used by permission), and I want to practice writing for quartet. The score is here, with a short 30s sound file. I might try Vincent next.
It's been some time since I updated this blog, but I want to share a video of a great performance by Keisuke Arima, Kosuke Hashizume and Keizo Ishibashi of my piece, Prière de la fourmi (Prayer of the Ant). It was selected for Les Pois Music Office call for scores 2016. The premiere was at Kyoto Art Center in Japan on 8 September 2016. Kosuke is preparing the score for publication soon.
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