Got 'Em (1914)

1 part4 pages02:448 hours ago24 views
Piano
"Ladies and gentlemen..."

I know the intro to this piece features the now-widespread "silent film villain" motif... but if it really existed so early on in the history of cinema, where could it originally have come from? At any rate, this is an interesting and rather unusual march by Allen, and one of the few of his 6/8 marches for which I was able to procure a copy.

Under the Spell (1913)

1 part5 pages04:572 days ago37 views
Piano
This is the second of the three Allen waltzes that have survived (to my knowledge). It was originally published as a standalone piece (a scan is available at IMSLP) and then condensed for inclusion in one of the Jacobs Piano Folios; I have followed the formatting of the original edition.

Peek-A-Boo Rag (1914)

1 part4 pages02:583 days ago49 views
Piano
I don't have too much to say about this piece, other than that it unusually features no key change at the trio (even Allen, who regularly went "the wrong way" to the dominant rather than the subdominant, generally included a key change in every piece). It also doesn't sound much like its title -- to me, at least; but then again, very few pieces do.

Homespun Rag (1913)

1 part4 pages03:344 days ago58 views
Piano
I find this to be a much better rag than "Turkish Towel Rag," mainly due to its better use of rhythm and syncopation (listen to the awkward introduction to "Turkish Towel" and you'll know what I mean). Unfortunately, it also seems to be much less well-known -- though I intend to change that.

In the Rain

1 part2 pages01:494 days ago62 views
Piano
Here is one of my first sounds. I have composed this when I was around 11 (it was in 2015). Enjoy!

Prelude No. 2 "Farewell" ~ Announcement in Description

1 part3 pages02:2810 months ago470 views
Piano
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 elliotbutlercomposer@gmail.com, 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

Honeysuckle (1914)

1 part3 pages02:585 days ago50 views
Piano
Johnson was not immune to the lure of the 1914 "tango craze"; though I will say that what he composed for it sounds rather more like a tango (it gets closest to one in the fourth strain) than what most other composers produced at the time. Cobb's "Just For To-Night" in particular is infamous (in my book, at least) as a so-called "tango" that has nothing to do with the tango...

The Myriad Dancer (1904)

1 part4 pages04:106 days ago37 views
Piano
At around the same time as I bought "The Guardsman" on eBay (a scan of the music for that piece is up now, by the way), I discovered this hidden away behind a defective preview image. I bought it, and so now you can listen to Allen's third-ever composed and first surviving waltz. The piece's subtitle indicates it to be a "valse ballet," and in the Jacobs Piano Folios (the specific book containing this piece is unavailable) it's segregated off into one of the three books of "concert waltzes," as opposed to the eleven books of "dance waltzes," so I'm guessing this was supposed to be more "high-class" than most other waltzes of the time.

On a side note, I've been having some trouble uploading scores recently -- they get stuck in processing for a long time, but if I delete and re-upload them, they usually go through. Hopefully this doesn't turn into anything too serious...

Scan of the original music here: https://mega.nz/#!OiwDkajR!OduhYKb3YGvAFuPpKyC3y_qIeVG6g19BraFKdgre94g

Angry Leprechauns

25 parts4 pages00:396 days ago59 views
Flute(2), Oboe(2), Clarinet(2), Bassoon(2), French Horn(2), Trumpet(2), Trombone(2), Tuba, Timpani, Percussion(3), Piano, Violin(2), Viola, Cello, Contrabass
I have no idea where I was going with the name...

(Happy St Patrick's Day)

Turkish Towel Rag (1912)

1 part4 pages03:136 days ago48 views
Piano
At last, here's Allen's first true rag. I can't say it's his best (the very first measure reveals his seeming unfamiliarity with syncopation), but it is certainly his first -- although he only ever composed three or so, as far as I've been able to discover.

Dream On (1914)

1 part5 pages04:517 days ago49 views
Piano
More Johnson waltzes. In related news, I managed to track down (with JohnJ1995's help) and buy a few rare waltzes by Johnson and Allen, so expect to see those over the next week or so. I'll finally be uploading actual scans of the music I've bought as well.

Dance of the Lunatics (1912)

1 part5 pages04:538 days ago75 views
Piano
According to its original cover, this piece is the "companion piece to 'Dance of the Skeletons.'" I suppose a case could be made that they're a little similar, but I really don't hear it -- in fact, this doesn't even sound much like how a "lunatic" would be expected to sound in 1912. The cover goes so far as to depict the "lunatics" as ordinary-looking couples merely drawn in a stylized manner. Whatever the case, this marks one of Allen's final attempts to breathe life into the dying schottische genre -- as far as I'm aware, he never composed another one after this.

Crazy Bone Rag (1913)

1 part4 pages02:589 days ago75 views
Piano
I'm not even going to try to guess at what the title or cover of this piece are supposed to mean. Just listen to it and come up with your own theories.

Hoop-e-Kack (1909)

1 part3 pages02:5310 days ago52 views
Piano
This piece is both Allen's first approximation of a rag (his first real rag, "Turkish Towel Rag," would come three years later) and his first real hit. I would say it was a coincidence, but it seems quite plausible that Allen was able to become more popular by writing in a more "popular" style. By this time, the "barn dance" fad of 1908 was fading, and with it the marketability of the schottische; Allen needed to find a new trademark style (i.e. rename his old style) if he wanted to remain relevant.

Butterflies (1913)

1 part4 pages05:4911 days ago55 views
Piano
Well, this took forever to typeset... I think the title and general mood of the piece may be intended as an homage to Grieg's "Butterfly," but I can't be sure.
Prelude for Strings "Dawn"
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Prelude for Strings "Dawn"

5 parts3 pages02:069 months ago925 views
Strings(5)
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!).

The Dixie Rube (1906)

1 part3 pages02:0512 days ago78 views
Piano
What do you get when you try to wedge as many American folk songs as you can into a single piece? Whatever this is, of course. The sheer amount of references to patriotic/folk melodies is ludicrous; see how many you can find!