Possible Theme for POM | HQ Audio! | READ DESCRIPTION

7 parts1 page00:134 days ago91 views
Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Trombone, Contrabass

Dona Nobis Pacem

5 parts3 pages02:1623 days ago197 views
Percussion, Organ(4)
To date, this piece is my masterwork. I have spent hours looking over it and composing it and I am now proud to share this piece with the MuseScore Community. For now, there is no perfomance audio of the piece (although I have been arranging the piece for live performance nor is the formatting the way it is in the program however it will be fixed soon. For this time please enjoy this work.

I now feel the need to share that this piece is under the Creative Commons 0 license. Therefore, the audio and score of the score can be used in anything you would like.

Chesnokov- Do Not Cast Me Off (Не отвержи мене во время старости) Op. 40-5 for String Orchestra

6 parts5 pages05:21a month ago60 views
Contrabass(2), Violin(2), Viola, Cello
Hello all! Here's more Chesnokov for string orchestra, this time his piece "Do Not Cast Me Off (In My Old Age)", a concerto for basso profundo and choir. Yes, the contrabass line was intended to be sung in that original range. Russians can just Do That. It's actually a pretty profound song, as the lyrics were written at a time when old people were considered completely useless and a general burden. Give it a listen. Also I promise the Pre Eternal Council is coming, eventually. Stay tuned for more Chesnokov, and listen, comment, and enjoy!

EMPEROR- for concert band

28 parts13 pages04:46a month ago107 views
Piccolo, Flute(2), Oboe, Clarinet(4), Alto Saxophone(2), Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Trumpet(3), French Horn(2), Trombone(3), Tuba(2), Timpani, Percussion(5)
Hello all! Last of the score dump for now. This a song that I wrote for my high school's concert band, received not well by my band director. I'm curious to hear what you guys think about it. It's meant to be in the style of TSFH, and portrays the concept of an emperor as a whole. Listen, comment, and enjoy!

Loch Lomond for Concert Band

29 parts16 pages08:04a month ago177 views
Piccolo, Flute(2), Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet(5), Alto Saxophone(2), Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Trumpet(3), French Horn(2), Trombone(3), Tuba(2), Contrabass, Timpani, Percussion(3)
Hello all! I've been away for a while, and I've got a lot of stuff I've written but haven't posted so get ready for a score dump. This is a concert band version of Loch Lomond, and is extremely programmatic and requires a lot of explanation so here's the program notes:

Loch Lomond is one of the most beloved Scottish folk songs, known all over the world. This piece intends to portray it as it was originally intended- as a song of tragedy during a time of violent social unrest. The lyrics to Loch Lomond have no agreed upon explanation, but the most common and accepted interpretation is that they were written by the lover of a young Scottish rebel caught and executed during the Jacobite Uprising of 1745. The lyrics are as follows:

By yon bonnie banks and by yon bonnie braes,
Where the sun shines bright on Loch Lomond,
Where me and my true love were ever wont to gae,
On the bonnie, bonnie banks o' Loch Lomond.

Refrain: Oh, ye'll take the high road, and I'll take the low road,
And I'll be in Scotland afore ye;
But me and my true love will never meet again
On the bonnie, bonnie banks o' Loch Lomond.

'Twas there that we parted in yon shady glen,
On the steep, steep side o' Ben Lomond,
Where in purple hue o'er the Highland hills we view,
And the moon coming out in the gloamin.

Refrain

O braw Charlie Stewart, dear true, true heart,
Wha could refuse thee protection,
Like the weeping birk on the wild hillside,
How graceful he looked in dejection.

Refrain

There the wild flowers spring and the wee birdies sing,
And in sunshine the waters are sleepin',
But the broken heart it kens nae second spring again,
Though the woeful may cease frae their greetin'.

The piece begins with a militaristic fanfare (introducing the ‘war’ motif), but quickly dies down into a calm clarinet chorale setting of the main theme (Loch Lomond). After the melody is introduced and developed, the British enter, with a militaristic snare drum and fragmentation of Rule Britannia and ‘war’ motif. Following that is a malignant setting of God Save the Queen as the British advance, but segueing into Scotland the Brave as the Scottish fight back. The setting then transitions from the battlefield to the home front as the piece focuses on the two lovers, represented through a flute and horn duet. Their relationship matures, develops, and blossoms, but is cut short as the British make themselves known again. The woman’s lover goes off to fight, and the ‘war’ motif is developed and mixed in with Scotland the Brave as the Scottish refuse to give up. However the British ultimately win, and following a belligerent hocket section developing the ‘war’ motif and the melody to Rule Britannia, the lover is captured and executed (with a nod to Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique). The woman weeps, and the music climaxes into an emotional final statement of Loch Lomond. The man’s head is paraded down the ‘high road’ on a pike, while the woman takes the ‘low road’ back to her homeland.

Listen, comment, and enjoy!

Summertime Sunset

5 parts14 pages03:472 years ago1,141 views
Trumpet, Alto Saxophone, Piano, Bass, Percussion
Imagine you and your girl (or guy) are sitting on a boat one lazy summer afternoon watching the sun set while listening to the waves rock you two gently as a soft breeze blows by.

Oceans Blue - Live Recording

6 parts3 pages022 months ago867 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 (: - https://youtu.be/a2rSDi0EIHQ
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)

Orpheus

5 parts7 pages03:092 months ago63 views
Violin(2), Viola, Cello, Contrabass
Hello all, here's some stream-of-conciousness ramblings of mine, as well as playing around with harmonic major. Listen, comment, and enjoy!

Sonata per flauta i guitarra

2 parts7 pages08:383 months ago101 views
Flute, Guitar
This is intended as the first movement of a sonata. I'm now working on the next two movements.
I would welcome any constructive feedback, especially from flutists, as it's the first time I attempt something for this instrument so I'm not sure if everything is playable and "flutistic". It is basically classical in form, with some modernist touches in the harmony.

ELEGY | Original Composition | HQ Audio

1 part3 pages06:503 months ago781 views
Piano
I wrote this over the last 4 days for a long-term project I'm currently writing the score to. It's a 30-minute-long drama film set in 1950's London, and whilst it's still in the development phase, the production team are aiming for a late-2019 release. It's quite a tragedy, and this is a draft of what I'm picturing for the very last scene of the film.

Thanks to this film, I've actually been granted the opportunity to record the soundtrack late next year in London whilst I'm on holiday there. The size the ensemble hired will greatly depend on budget, I imagine, and as that's not fixed yet I don't yet know whether I'll be writing for a string quartet or a small orchestra. Time will tell. This'll be my first time collaborating with orchestrators and sound-engineers, too, who'll be hired sometime down the line (hint hint... I don't know how many strings I'd be allowed to pull, but maybe I could bring on a couple musescorers to join the music department...?)

In the interim, I'm still working on the soundtrack of the horror web-series I mentioned a while ago (https://musescore.com/spencervanderkley/scores/5276130). As far as I'm aware, the cast and crew begin to shoot the first episode in two days time, which means that in a couple weeks I'll be handed a rough cut of the episode, and have a short amount of time to rock up a draft score (I don't know whether to be more excited or scared).

Hopefully I'll also have time to write more stand-alone pieces over the next month or two, thanks to holidays, because I know I've been a bit slack on that recently :) That said, I haven't slept much for the last few days - I wrote this piece in about 50 hours over 4 days, which was somewhat draining, so I might have a snoozy week now before digging into a Christmas special.

Audio for mobile listeners: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDPzGVLPg_M

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NOTE: This score is a piano reduction of the original. I've deliberately not uploaded the orchestral score so as to avoid plagiarism. If you want to see a rough version of the whole thing, just say and I'll email it through (if I trust you enough :D)

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[INSTRUMENTS USED]

EW Symphonic Orchestra -> Oboe, Cor Anglais, Clarinet, Horns, Strings, Solo Viola
EW Orchestral Woodwinds -> Bassoon
EW Brass -> Trumpet, Trombone
EW Orchestral Strings -> More strings
EW Hollywood Solo Violin -> Solo Violin
EW Hollywood Solo Cello -> Solo Cello

Drunken Sailor for men's choir

4 parts7 pages01:414 months ago160 views
Piano(4)
Hello all! Here's an arrangement of the well-known sea shanty Drunken Sailor (also known as What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor), for a men's choir (TTBrB). Requires a pretty solid first tenor section (or in our case, a first tenor section thats 2/3 altos :P). Listen, comment, and enjoy!

Spider-Man Theme: Danny Elfman (with added music by me) (Click on Audio Sources)

41 parts19 pages03:544 months ago196 views
Piccolo, Flute(2), Oboe(2), Clarinet(3), Bassoon(3), French Horn(4), Trumpet(2), Trombone(3), Tuba, Timpani, Piano(12), Harp, Bass, Percussion, Violin, Viola, Cello, Contrabass
Hey everybody!
It's been a while since I've been on here but it's good to be back!
Here I have just a classic arrangement of the Spider-Man Theme from 2002, composed by Danny Elfman. With a little bit more by me, starting at about 1:04 in the score.
(make sure to click on audio sources)
Enjoy!

Sunset at Sea | Condensed Version | Finalist in the National Young Composers Competition! (Sadly not a winner though)

20 parts28 pages05:547 months ago1,186 views
Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn(3), Piano, Tuba, Timpani, Percussion(4), Harp, Strings(5)
The Results are in and I was not selected as a winner, so for 3 years I have been good enough but not never enough for a winning slot I guess haha, Congratulations to the winners though, I'm sure they deserve it (:
Huge thanks to Brinson Moore for doing the audio for me! PAINTING HERE - https://d1lfxha3ugu3d4.cloudfront.net/images/opencollection/objects/size4/32.845_PS2.jpg
Hey! I'm really excited about this project because it has so much to explore. this piece is probably not what you're expecting from the name, but I chose the name because of the title of the painting.
I see in the painting 3 major things. the waves, sunset, and the clouds. I have 3 main themes that will be used in this piece, the "Waves" theme, the "Sun" theme, and the "Clouds" theme.

I really like writing in this style, material seems to come a little easier when I do this type of piece than other styles I do. anywho, I hope you enjoy what I have so far! :D

Four Short Demos [from a series] | Original Score | HQ Audio

1 part2 pages00:085 months ago288 views
Harpsichord
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wKY3TaPezw

These little pieces aren't strictly for Halloween, but it is getting pretty close to that time of year and this sort of fits the bill. I might (maybe) write something else spooky before the end of the month, who knows. These, however, are demo tracks from a horror/thriller web series I've been writing the soundtrack to over the last month or so. The series is currently in the pre-production phase, which leaves me in the slow process of developing some recurring themes. These four little snippets are excerpts from what I've written so far - none of them are, however, title pieces or main themes. I might post those later on, after the series premieres, I don't really know :)

The reason I haven't posted much here for a while is because I've been trying to focus on some bigger projects. The series has naturally taken up a lot of my time as it requires composing a great excess of scene music (I'm currently aiming for about 40-50 minutes of score in total), and I've also been working on a short film (an even more long-term project), and what I thought would be a piano concerto, but has since morphed into my first symphony (another ideal 40+ minutes of music there ;D)

It's all getting a bit full-on, but at least it'll soon be the holidays here and I'll have a good 10 weeks or so to complete everything I've started.

Hope you enjoy these, tell me what you think of the sort of style :)

MOST RECENT SCORE:
https://musescore.com/spencervanderkley/scores/5241113

BEFORE THAT:
https://musescore.com/spencervanderkley/scores/5227848

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[ INSTRUMENTS USED ]
EW Symphonic Orchestra -> Strings
EW Hollywood Strings -> Strings
EW Pianos GoldX Steinway D Close -> Piano
EW Hollywood Solo Harp -> Harp
EW Ra -> Didjeridoo, Bansuri