12 Tone Row

1 part1 page00:568 months ago62 views
This is my first sketch using the 12 tone row concept. Let me know what you think!

Clapping Music - MDL

4 parts9 pages02:058 months ago356 views
This was originally a minimalist piece written by Steve Reich based on the concept of a single rhythm that shifts one eight note each time it repeats until finally all the counterpoints match together in unison creating a really nice effect. (here's an example of the original: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzkOFJMI5i8 )

Now that the fantastic MDL update has been added to musescore, I thought it was only appropriate to create my own demo/arrangement using the software! Hope you guys enjoy this rough draft.

- some of the variations are cut short
- not so happy with Var. 5-7, trying to make them more connected and fitting

Summer Walk

4 parts4 pages02:469 months ago40 views
Strings(3), Cello
I've been feeling pretty fantastic these past few months. Hopefully this graded final project for AP Music Theory reflects that haha. Enjoy!

(don't read my chord labels too hard)

Acadia - Trombone Choir

4 parts5 pages04:3210 months ago325 views
French Horn(4)
Acadia Nation Park is the first place in the United States to see sunlight each morning. This is that sunrise... put to trombones. Enjoy!

© Ryan Meredith 2018
All rights reserved

I am a Woman - SSAA

8 parts10 pages04:3411 months ago390 views
Percussion, Voice(5), Piano(2)
I asked my friend to write a poem for me to put music to. She wrote the words during a plane ride, sent them to me, and after one read-through I knew exactly what music to write to compliment her work. Thank you Avery! Enjoy the music :)

Tread lightly, for I have a foxes ears
Speak softly as I bear a lion’s pride
Face me boldly, my heart is like a tiger’s
Never lie, for I know a serpent’s tongue

Stand beside me, I’ll give you house-cat comfort
Hold me tightly, I’ll give you wolf-hide warmth
Speak of dreams, I’ll grant them with my power
Listen to me, and I’ll sing the hoot-owl’s song

I am a woman
My claws are made of silver
I am a woman
My bones are made of bronze
I am a woman
My teeth and eyes are golden
I am a woman
My heart and lungs are strong

Love me, for I will give you nurture
Respect me, I’m as wise as days are long
Should you leave me, I’ll simply go on singing
Fear me; I’m the world you lean upon

© Ryan Meredith 2018, All rights reserved
A Dream of Spring - (FINISHED)

A Dream of Spring - (FINISHED)

26 parts20 pages04:55a year ago508 views
Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, English Horn(3), Bassoon, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Trumpet(2), French Horn(2), Trombone(2), Tuba(2), Timpani, Percussion(6), Sound effects
"A Dream of Spring"

I dream a world
Where rivers flow and darkness hides its face,
And sunshine,
So bright no ice could pierce its vail.
So warm.
Evil runs and killers undo what’s done.
The impossible becomes possible.
Life is born
Life is restored,
At least in a dream.

I wake to a world
Deep and strong
Baring weights on its back but not its hands.
There have never been hands more capable.
Nails more ready to be filled with the grit of hope and revival.
Our world is frozen,
Covered in snow.
But sunshine,
For that we’ll wait and dream.
Prepare yourself, because we’re tired of waiting.

This dream.
It’s not mine or yours,
But all of history’s.
Not mine or yours,
a question we reluctantly ask or ignore.
I sit and wait.
Wait for the day our hearts are full,
For the day our tears aren’t the mark of our strength,
For the day our shirts aren’t painted with the blood of our brothers,
For the day our soil thaws and the rivers start flowing,
I wait for the day.
For Tomorrow.
For Sunshine.
For Spring.
For Spring.

For Concert Band.
Music and Poetry by Ryan Meredith

© Ryan Meredith 2018
All rights reserved
 "Can You Feel the Moment?" - Wind Ensemble Original

"Can You Feel the Moment?" - Wind Ensemble Original

40 parts19 pages04:58a year ago405 views
Piccolo, Flute(2), Oboe(2), Bassoon(3), English Horn(4), Alto Saxophone(2), Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Trumpet(5), French Horn(2), Trombone(4), Tuba(2), Percussion(9), Timpani, Contrabass
This piece was entered in the 2018 DMEA Composition Competition under the traditional high school category.
Tell me what you think! Enjoy!

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To Find Oneself - Original Orchestration (FINISHED)

35 parts29 pages14:59a year ago585 views
Piccolo, Flute(2), Oboe(2), Baritone Saxophone, English Horn, Bassoon(3), Trumpet(3), French Horn(2), Trombone(3), Tuba(4), Percussion(7), Timpani, Violin(2), Viola, Cello, Contrabass
To Find Oneself -Blood, Sweat, and Tears
v v v Read Me! v v v

This is my last piece to go into my college portfolio and I've been working on it for a number of months now. Please tell me what you guys think! Feedback is greatly appreciated so I can keep on shining this gem. Hope you enjoy! Below I will be adding movement explications:

I ( 0:00-2:04; M0-M55 )
II ( 2:05-5:11; M56-M102 )
III ( 5:12-8:28; M103-M143 )
IV ( 8:29-10:32; M144-M180 )
V ( 10:33-15:11; M181-M285 )


The five movement symphony for large orchestra embodies the journey of building self-reliance, maintaining hope, and capturing dreams with the help of family and friends, but also stressing the importance of self-acceptance in becoming the best vision of yourself. In the first movement, the idea of a dream is illustrated as waves of inspiration that build onto each other, carried by the Horn section which represents the center voice of the protagonist with this dream in mind. The Horn section continues to be the voice of the protagonist for the rest of the piece, with the woodwinds serving as the outside supporting voices of friends and family and the brass serving as the protagonist’s subconscious.
Transitioning into movement two, the listener begins the journey with the protagonist. Minor conflicts rise and resolve and then open into movement three with the cello solo and string section feature representing the complex and emotional pulse of time that the protagonist is experiencing. After the string feature, a heartbeat is introduced in the percussion, synced with the breaths of the rest of the voices until a major climax and the protagonist realises their potential. Their breaths and heartbeats calm and focus on the work to come, now emotionally changed and truly prepared for the rest of the journey.
The fourth movement centers on time and preparation. The percussion section drives the flow and momentum for the rest of the ensemble until all that is left is time and the protagonists voice and mind. By now the groove of success has built its foundation and the protagonist starts running with the fast rhythms. Post the feature Horn solo, all the voices join in to work together stronger than ever, until, finally, the dream is made a reality. The work is done, and the ostinato from the first movement is reintroduce for the fifth movement. Reflecting back on all that has been accomplished, the protagonist sees the dream no longer as a goal but now an integral part of their person, and they have never been more excited.

Mountain Top - Concert Band

10 parts6 pages03:37a year ago304 views
Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn(2), Tuba, Percussion(2)
I composed this for the 2017 Make Music Young Composers Competition! I'll hear back on results May 22nd.
Hope you enjoy!

In My Life - The Beatles

5 parts7 pages02:532 years ago1,414 views
Trumpet, French Horn(2), Tuba, Percussion
Found this on my computer and decided to finish it. Made me smile today :)

Tell me what you think!

Orchestra Waltz WIP

26 parts5 pages01:392 years ago124 views
Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet(2), Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Trumpet(2), French Horn(2), Tuba(2), Trombone(3), Percussion(6), Timpani, Violin, Viola, Cello, Contrabass
just showing a friend for now