Halloween Remix

7 parts24 pages02:323 months ago58 views
Clarinet, Other Woodwinds, Cello, Bass, Piano, Percussion(2)
I'm a little late, but I bring you my Halloween song for the year. I noticed that the original theme was very repetitive, so I decided to take it and make it my own. I hope you all enjoy:)

The Ghost of the Ukulele (1916)

2 parts2 pages04:484 months ago157 views
Voice, Piano
Just when I thought there could only be two "The Ghost of..." pieces (technically three, counting "The Ghost of the Piano"), I was proven wrong by the existence of this song, which is possibly based on one of the strangest combinations of novelty themes I've ever seen. I really wonder what compelled Brockman and Smith to combine the Hawaiian craze and Spiritualism... (Granted, both of those things were in full swing in 1916.) The result is certainly interesting, and it doesn't fall into the sort of hack work I expected at first from such a novelty-oriented piece.

The Ghost of the Violin (1912)

2 parts4 pages03:084 months ago125 views
Voice, Piano
Here's another 1912 song in E minor about a music-related ghost. (The fact that there are two of those is very interesting.) I dare say this song is even catchier that "The Ghost of a Rag," although there's only one way to find out for yourself!

The Ghost of a Rag (1912)

2 parts3 pages02:524 months ago201 views
Voice, Piano
Well, Halloween is coming... I figured I might as well do my part in transcribing at least one spooky "ragtime" song (von Tilzer got one thing right: this piece does contain only "the ghost of a ragtime melody," what with its minimal syncopation) to upload to Musescore. I may come out with more of these soon, but until then, happy Halloween!

The Sneak! (1922)

2 parts4 pages01:494 months ago99 views
Voice, Piano
I received a request for this piece, and seeing as it's not too late to upload Halloween music, I figured I might as well. The composer, Nacio Herb Brown, later went on to become greatly successful on Broadway, but this piece was composed at the very beginning of his career and seems to be generally overlooked by everyone. Nonetheless, it is a nice and spooky Halloween song (even if I still have no idea what exactly "the Sneak" is).

Mad Circus

1 part2 pages02:06a year ago159 views
One of my first compositions for piano, visible again since I went pro. Most parts of this, were writen directly on Musescore, since I'm very bad playing piano. Hope you like this piece.

Dark Envy (Original Composition)

9 parts20 pages02:088 months ago147 views
Violin, Trombone(2), Guitar(2), Bass, Piano, Organ, Percussion
I have 3 heroes for my story idea and a song for each of them. Now it's time for the villain.

Sakurai is the younger daughter of the royal family and sister of Ana. As a child she felt neglected by her parents, feeling all of the attention was given to Ana. Her only friend was a shadow that whispered to her. The shadow told her that she was meant to have the throne, that SHE was greater than Ana could ever be. As time went on, she grew more and more resentful of her parents, until on a fateful day, she snapped. A corrupt count stormed the throne room and demanded the crown. Behind him, shadows danced, and she realized it was her only friend, the whispering shadow. Instead of feeling betrayal, she felt happiness and saw friendship. A sadistic smile crept across her face, her head cocked to the side, and her eyes began to blaze with green fire. Her hatred and envy instilled her with one of the dark flames of Hell. She turned towards her father and laughed. Her sister screamed, but it was too late. Sakurai drove a blade of green fire into her father’s chest. The shadow count held out his hand and smiled. She left her sister in tears as Sakurai and the count disappeared in a flash of shadows.

"I was resented by my family. They gave my sister anything she wanted, including the throne. I sat in a dark corner for years, biting my tongue and keeping quiet. But on that day, my only friends, darkness, hatred, envy, took form, and I was saved from that miserable place. I laughed as I watched that old man die in shock and sorrow. He left the throne behind, and when my sister takes the throne, I'll end her too."

In the shadows

1 part4 pages02:40a year ago289 views
I hope you enjoy this kind of dark theme. I had trouble to get finished the 'happy' part, and I'm still no very happy with it, I've changed it a hundred times, but anyway here it is.
I included the tab since I wrote most of the theme directly on Musescore and not playing the guitar, and I wanted to know if it was playable.
I have other 5 finished scores for piano waiting to be uploaded, while I'm deciding to go pro...


1 part3 pages02:56a year ago317 views
In Options/Audio Source choose Synthesizer for a better sound.
Creepy theme I wrote on New Year's night, more suitable for Halloween. It reminds me old horror movies.

Storm Scenes, Fire or Mob Scenes

1 part1 page00:30a year ago134 views
Whoops! It turns out there were really eight of these pieces -- a fact I discovered after looking over a piece called "Pianophiend" (in Vol. 2, No. 8 of the "Ragtime Review") to see if I should transcribe it. There was what seemed to be an erroneous extra page after the "D.C. al Fine" at the end. One of the articles caught my eye, and after reading it across several more pages, I noticed an announcement on page 13 that read:

"MOVING PICTURE MUSIC. On page 10 of this issue will be found suitable music to be played for storm scenes, fire or mob scenes."

So, as it turns out, Ted Tjaden (who has scans of all the issues on his website, as well as contents listings for each one) must have thought the "moving picture music," whose existence was only announced three pages later in the middle of some generic articles and that didn't even have a title, was part of "Pianophiend." I can't really blame him - I almost did the same.

Also interestingly, an advertisement in Vol. 1, No. 4 claims that Christensen wrote many more of these "movie themes" and sold them as a book called "Christensen's Picture Show Collection." Maybe a copy still exists somewhere...

Quarrel or Struggle Scenes

1 part1 page00:47a year ago57 views
The sixth out of the seven "movie pieces." This is a prime example of the "dramatic diminished chord" (or, as one musician once put it, the "the villain's tied the lady to the train tracks and the train is coming" chord).

Moonlight Special (Original Composition)

11 parts34 pages01:49a year ago257 views
Other Woodwinds, Flute, Piccolo, Violin, Bass(2), Guitar, Trumpet(2), Piano, Percussion
Happy Halloween everyone:D I've been working on Halloween music like a mad man. This song is about a ghost train. Every night, at the stroke of twelve, the train of the dead rises out of the abyss to wreak havoc and terror on the tracks. Please enjoy.

The Dark Knight of Mortem (Original Composition)

13 parts16 pages02:30a year ago329 views
Violin(3), Cello, Contrabass, Trombone, Voice(3), Organ, Timpani, Percussion(2)
We all know what time it is. A chill pierces the air, skittering spooks dig themselves out of the devilish dens, and ghastly ghouls grow restless in the midnight air. That's right, happy Halloween!!!!!!!! For the first Halloween song, I bring you a song inspired by Dark Souls. There was once a great knight, more powerful than any that came before. However, in his journey for power and greatness, he was corrupted by Satan himself. Now, he resides in the ruins of a gothic cathedral, surrounded by shadows, and possessed by evil. There is only one way to free his soul from corruption, that is to put the puppet of evil six feet under. Please enjoy the song:)

"In Dystopia." (Sci-FiCW #2)

2 parts2 pages01:34a year ago189 views
Trumpet, Trombone
I know that a lot of sci-fi media (mainly newer franchises) tries to paint dystopias as "cool," "hip," or "edgy" (particularly many books/films aimed at "young adults"), but this could not be further from the truth.
THIS is 1984 --
THIS is Brave New World --
THIS is We --
THIS is nothing --
THIS is everything --
THIS is dystopia --

The Escape (Headphones Recommended)

35 parts24 pages02:49a year ago1,791 views
Piccolo, Flute(2), Clarinet, Bassoon(2), French Horn, Trumpet(3), Trombone, Tuba, Timpani, Percussion(8), Sound effects, Voice, Piano, Organ, Bass, Guitar(2), Harp, Violin(3), Viola, Cello, Contrabass
Mobile users, here is the official HQ audio:

How long has it been since I uploaded anything? Twelve thousand years? XD

The motivation behind this song was something that was lurking in my mind for quite a while. Over the years, I have tried writing very small sections of "scary" or "horror" music into a few pieces. Unfortunately, though I kept and uploaded the songs, I was never very happy with how those parts sounded. Being self-taught, I had (have) no idea what I was (am) doing. I desperately wanted to write a "scary" song that sounded halfway decent, so I hunkered down and listened to as much of it as I could.
There are a few composers this piece is inspired by. Michael Giacchino (his work on Lost), John Williams (Star Wars, not Jaws ;P), and Harry Gregson-Williams (Narnia) just to name a few.

It took me a while to put it all together, but I'm honestly pretty happy with the end result. There are some things I wish I could do better, but not having real instruments is extremely limiting. The instrumentation is always a struggle for me, and this piece was no exception XD Also, random side note, I think this is possibly the most time signatures I've ever used in one song (10), and the most instruments. My brain hurts a little. :)

Anyway, I hope you enjoy it! Please let me know what you think! Good or bad, it's great to have feedback and suggestions. Thanks so much for listening! :D

Midnight Strikes at 13 O'Clock

21 parts22 pages05:032 years ago349 views
Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba(2), Percussion(6), Timpani, Strings(3), Contrabass