Prelude No. 2 "Farewell" ~ Announcement in Description

1 part3 pages02:2810 months ago474 views
DISCLAIMER - This message I have for you is going to get very real. Not that any of you will really mind, but here goes:

When I first uploaded this score, people asked me if I was leaving MuseScore. Well, I am re-posting it now to tell you that I am taking a hiatus from MuseScore. For so long, this place has been my home, my place to post my new work, but as time has gone on, I have gotten increasingly busy and have lost the dedication to keep up with my internet image. It has also been hard on me living in my younger brother's shadow, and so for my own benefit, I am taking a break. My welcome has run out on MuseScore.

If there's anyone who would like to keep up with what I'm doing, you can find my YouTube channel linked in my bio.

From "A Journey to Mars" to "Drama for Orchestra No. 6," I appreciate all of your support. This journey appears to be over for me.

If you would like to talk to me, I would still welcome that, my email address is, and I'd love to keep up with the valuable connections I have made during my time here.

God bless you all. It's been fun.

Elliot P. Butler
Prelude for Strings "Dawn"

Prelude for Strings "Dawn"

5 parts3 pages02:069 months ago925 views
I wrote this Prelude with the intent to write a series of three preludes for string orchestra, but I never finished the second. However, I will probably work on that project some over break.

I used rhythmic motives from a piano arrangement on my profile, with the original intent to orchestrate that arrangement. Instead, I decided to make it a free-form prelude using a deceptive modulation. I like the way it turned out. You will get a follow if you can figure out which piano piece I based the motives off of. (Hint: it's on my profile!).
Custom audio


1 part9 pages04:032 months ago236 views
So, this is probably my most complex piece yet, even though its only 4 minutes long...
It's super hard, and really harmonically interesting because it was written almost entirely by hand; bass lines or melodies were all written by hand. There are probably 3 pieces within here and maybe I'll expand on them one day.

School is so unbelievably detrimental to my well-being that within 3 days of being back, I'm already completely numb to everything and am starting to care less and less about music and everything in general. I've already given up on most of my classes.

Maybe this piece shows that... I dunno, I honestly don't even care at this point.

*cue depression*
*confetti blast*
Try to enjoy it?
One Minute Jazz
Custom audio

One Minute Jazz

1 part3 pages01:042 months ago372 views
GUYS I WROTE SOMETHING JAZZY! I actually love this so much.
I have close to no idea of jazz theory but I think I managed well here :D

One minute Jazz written in less than an hour :p

Anyways, Enjoy! ^-^
My Backyard's Imagination (Piano Sonata No.3)
Custom audio

My Backyard's Imagination (Piano Sonata No.3)

1 part23 pages12:032 months ago304 views
Happy New Year's Everybody!
So yeah, this is my third piano sonata. (That one new piece I mentioned in some RSA discussion a few days ago) Each movement I wrote in about a day, and each movement's title is based off a picture I saw online and was like... hey, that would sound interesting. So then I wrote it down :D

This is one of my more playable pieces, with maybe the 2nd movement being an exception. But, the 2nd movement looks really ugly because of how messy and tight all the chords are.

I hope ya'll enjoy this!

First composition of 2019 DONE!
(Even though all of it was written in 2018 hehe)

ALSO, this is the longest piece I've ever written ;p

Oceans Blue - Live Recording

6 parts3 pages022 months ago870 views
Piano, Strings(5)
A Peaceful Piece for Solo Piano and String orchestra, I hope to use this in something longer, but maybe some other time. The piano is me playing (: -
I actually came up with this theme on the fly, it took me as long as the piece is to write it (well, the piano part, it took longer for the strings haha)
Movement for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano ~ "Reflections"  Link to performance video in description!

Movement for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano ~ "Reflections" Link to performance video in description!

3 parts13 pages06:344 months ago456 views

Live audio was recorded at our rehearsal today. Pardon the mistakes, and the poor recording, and poor acoustics. This will just give a rough idea of what it will sound like.

Reflections is a short movement that represents the questions I have had to ask myself as a neotonalist composition student in an atonal world. Learning from a former student of the great twelve-tone composer Milton Babbit has been eye-opening in many ways, but if anything, it has confirmed my future path in my mind.

Developmental forms are extremely important for me, and so I have continued to experiment with different developmental forms, such as the form of Drama for Orchestra No. 6. This piece takes the form of ABDBDA, in which A is the first theme, B the second theme, and D notating the developmental sections.

This piece will be performed on Tuesday, November 27th and Friday, December 2nd. I will upload the audios from these performances.
A Journey to Mars

A Journey to Mars

18 parts28 pages04:372 years ago6,870 views
Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Tuba, Trombone, Timpani, Percussion(3), Strings(5)
Some of you may know that I'm approaching 800 followers, for which I am incredibly grateful.

To demonstrate my gratitude, I am going to purchase a one-month pro subscription for one of my followers.

To be eligible for this gift, you must:
follow me before I reach 800 (any followers after 800 will be ineligible),
currently be a non-pro user,
have at least three original compositions on your profile,
have less than 300 followers,
and you MUST comment on my 800 follower special when I release it.
Failure to comply with any of these terms will disqualify you from the sweepstakes.

The gift will be purchased at my discretion within four weeks of posting the celebratory special.

Every time I get a new 100 followers, I will repeat this process, and when I reach 1000, I will give away an entire YEAR of pro! So even if you can't follow me before I reach 800, you will have more opportunities in the future! =)


Special thanks to Devon Bollin for the Audio (that he made last year, and just recently rediscovered). This composition depicts a journey to our next-door neighbor, Mars. To listen to a better version, go to OR Select the audio sources and listen to the custom track. =)

The piece starts with a French Horn solo, presenting the main theme in a slow, quiet way, representing the quiet anticipation of the rocket's crew as they prepare for takeoff. The melody is then handed to the strings who play an augmented rhythm of the main theme. The music then takes a lighter feel as the Clarinet and the Flute play the conclusion to the theme. From there, the tempo increases as the astronauts arrive at the launch site. As the astronauts ride the elevator to their module at the top of the rocket, the piece takes a driving feeling as the Viola plays a steady, repeating low C, representing the steady progression of the countdown to liftoff. As the main theme appears again, the rocket begins its launch. When the orchestra comes in together, the famous words, "We have liftoff" are proclaimed to all present. The rocket continues its push into space. The piece reaches its climax when the rocket finally makes it into space and ejects the parts no longer needed for the trip. Now in space, The low strings play a pattern that is mirrored by the Clarinet as the crew looks down on the home that they are leaving behind.

The music takes a mysterious turn as the crew experiences the wonder of space. The Violins play harmonics, giving the texture an ethereal, mysterious sound. A solo Flute plays a pattern that melts into the background as the Horn and Oboe pass off a fragmentation of the main theme.

The mood shifts from slightly melancholy to humorous as the Winds take over the show. The chord progression mirrors the chord progression of the main theme, just with a much less driving feel. This represents the crew's responsibilities lightening, giving them more time to goof off. As the crew nears Mars, the music turns serious again, as the Horn and Clarinet play a pattern that was played earlier in the piece.

The Trumpet belts out a solo that mirrors the Horn solo in the beginning, as "the Red Planet" comes into view. However, the crew must prepare for their landing, so the music regains the driving feel. As the crew initiates their final approach, one of the astronauts cracks a joke, leading to a variation of the earlier lighthearted section, played by the Oboe and Piccolo. The moment of joviality doesn't last long, as the module begins its descent to the planet. The music reaches its highest point as the crew steps out onto the planet's surface and make history.

"If you get a good recording (of this piece) it would definitely get you work - there's no doubt" - Keith Lay, Director of Musical Industry Studies at Full Sail University.

This piece was selected as one of fifteen finalists in the National Young Composers Competition. It was also selected as the first place winner for the Epic Composers Competition.
At Sea with Captain Blackbeard

At Sea with Captain Blackbeard

20 parts20 pages02:332 years ago2,796 views
Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn(2), Trumpet, Tuba, Trombone, Timpani, Percussion(4), Strings(5)
YAY PIRATES! Currently in MCCHQ #6

This piece describes an adventure on a pirate ship, but I don't have a particular story in mind, so that's up to your imagination. :)

This score won the MuseScore Percussion Group Competition #3, as well as was a runner-up for the EPIC COMPOSER COMPETITION #6.
To a Wild Rose

To a Wild Rose

8 parts5 pages03:1010 months ago506 views
Violin(2), Strings(5), Piano
This is an arrangement of MacDowell's "To a Wild Rose" from his Woodland Sketches.
Drama for Orchestra No. 6

Drama for Orchestra No. 6

22 parts21 pages08:1510 months ago1,363 views
Flute, Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn(4), Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Timpani, Percussion, Piano(2), Strings(6)
In loving memory of Michael James Baker (January 2nd, 1946 - July 30th, 2018)

I was hoping you could make it to the performance of this piece, but you are in a much happier place now. You will be missed.

Drama for Orchestra No. 6 flowed directly out of my experiences in Theory III and IV. It was my way of applying the concepts that were taught during the school year, especially motivic development, unusual modalities, and sonata-allegro form. Throughout the piece, three main motives, of both the rhythmic and melodic variety, are used to tell a dramatic story of resilience through the storms of life. The piece begins with a gentle but mysterious exposition of motives from the first theme before moving into the second theme, in which the solo cello sings a short elegy. In the developmental section, I explore the emotional highs and lows of which the various motives are capable before returning to the main themes in the recapitulation. The piece is triumphantly brought to its conclusion at the coda, with the brass triumphantly signaling that the storm is over and the trials past.

Special shoutout to Brinsonian for making the audio for me. You can give him a follow (he really deserves more followers!) at the link below:
First Encounter

First Encounter

19 parts18 pages03:022 years ago2,947 views
Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn(3), Trombone, Tuba, Timpani, Percussion(2), Piano, Strings(5)
This piece was made using a synthetic (alien) scale. It's meant to sound dooming and exotic, as every tone in this scale has a tritone partner. Link for the audio:

I recently submitted this piece to a composing competition, which is why I changed the name... ;)
Custom audio


1 part3 pages02:316 months ago644 views
To all those who care at least a little bit, it's gonna get real:

Not that a whole lot of people really care that much, but I apologize for being so inactive recently. School has hit me like a freight train, and I have been unable to really spend a lot of time on MuseScore, especially since new pieces will be rather scarce.

I am discouraged. I am frustrated with my composition instructors at WIU, because they push antiquated musical ideas, such as atonality and serialism. If so much as suggest writing using tonal concepts, they expect that I write in tonality using only intellectual concepts, such as melody and key layering that would hurt the ears of any listener. If I write in the style that I prefer, I get called out for writing in a dead language. My professors pretend to be open-minded and tolerant, but my ideas are routinely looked down upon.

Thankfully I have signed up for an independent study with the only truly amazing composer on the faculty (look up Ivette Herryman's "Memorial" on soundcloud and you'll see what I mean). So hopefully my ideas will be more accepted there.

There are times when I want to give up. Especially when I see people close to me succeed and have their own fanbase and following, receiving the offer of an honor, not once, but twice, when I never once received any offers. I have few friends, no one who would really miss me were I to leave. This leaves me feeling untalented, unloved, and undesired. I think I may move to Alaska and be a hermit for the rest of my life and adopt baby raccoons and bear cubs. XD

Anyway, that's what's happening right now. A few of you asked about my profile pic, and there's an explanation.

"For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, 'it might have been.'"

~ John Greenleaf Whittier

And I leave you with these words:

Whatever your might-have-been-situation is or was, remember that it's only a phase, and that the feeling will not last forever.
Guess That Song!!! :D
Custom audio

Guess That Song!!! :D

1 part11 pages06:426 months ago1,481 views
Hope you like this little "game" thing xD. Hints are below...

Warning: This is a very hard challenge, so don't get down if you can't get more than a few ;)

Leave your answers/guesses in the comments and I'll say whether they are right or not and add the name of it and the person who guessed correctly to the score for all to see! I also added little opinionated difficulty rankings to the songs. Below are some hints...

Song #1: This is a track in the Mario Kart series.

Song #2: Motoi Sakuraba composed this game's soundtracks in 2000 in this norse-based role-playing game.

Song #3: Ever heard of Mike Tyson? Yeah, he had a video game.

Song #4: Intro to a popular piano song. It is often heard from ice cream trucks too.

Song #5: 3rd Gen of Pokemon

Song #6: This song was played by a machine.

Song #7: From the same game as Song #1.

Song #8: What currency did you collect in Super Mario Galaxy again?

Song #9: Same composer as #2.

Song #10: This song is somewhat of a meme.

Song #11: Ah, one of my favorite ragtime songs...

Song #12: This is the theme of a laboratory.

Song #13: Come Home!

Song #14: Xenoblade had some nice music.

Song #15: Doubt if anyone will get this one, but Armageddon is in the title of this game.

Song #16: Pfft... "Literature Club." Ha ha! Yeah right...

Song #17: From an old Game Boy game where you fight dragons.

Song #18: "That reminds me of a puzzle!"

Song #19: I've heard of this song, but I don't know the name. Do you? xD

Song #20: P5 had some killer music too.

Song #21: Same composer as #9 AND #2, yet they are all in different games. Gosh, this guy is an *amazing* composer.

Song #22: In one of the Final Fantasy games... Alright, alright, I know there's a lot. Its in one of the first 5. That better?

Song #23: Theme of a TV show. Wait, The Ruby Crystals? The Gem Diamonds? Hmmmm....

Song #24: Very popular song on Newgrounds a while back.

Song #25: Same game as #14, (gosh Xenoblade music is sweet)

Welp, now that those dumb hints are out of the way, good luck and I hope you enjoy! Leave feedback and guesses plz! :D

(Piano) Pokémon Black/White: Nuvema Town

1 part1 page01:208 months ago548 views
Made a piano version of a pretty sweet song from Pokémon Black/White. This game was my childhood :). Pretty happy with it! Please leave feedback and/or any suggestions! Thanks!

Trials and Tears

17 parts10 pages03:282 years ago2,024 views
Flute, Oboe, English Horn, Piano(2), Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Timpani, Percussion(2), Harp, Strings(5)
I often forget about this score. It remains one of my more popular scores, and it has stuck with me through so many years of composing. I'm grateful for this score in a weird sentimental way. =D
The Charge to Certain Death - UPDATE 8/9

The Charge to Certain Death - UPDATE 8/9

21 parts10 pages02:468 months ago543 views
Flute, Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn(2), Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Timpani, Percussion(3), Piano, Strings(5), Sound effects

I would love some feedback and suggestions for the ending third of this piece. Please help! =D


16 parts9 pages01:128 months ago307 views
Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Timpani, Percussion(2), Strings(5)
Hello all!

It's been an awesome ride here on MuseScore, and I'm happy to announce that I have crossed the 700 follower mark! I'm very grateful for everyone who has taken the time to listen to my music, and it means a lot to me to know that people appreciate it. =)

But that was not the important announcement!

As some of you may have seen, I will be giving away one-month pro subscriptions everytime I gain one hundred followers, until I reach one thousand, when I will provide an entire YEAR'S worth of pro to a talented user. Please read the description of A Journey to Mars (an important piece for me, since it has remained on MuseScore ever since I joined in 2015, and it was my first piece ever uploaded) to see if you are eligible for this opportunity! If all of those terms apply to you, comment below. I will look into each applicant and select one for the month of pro.

Thank you to all of my followers! I'm grateful! =)