Melodies from Words or Names

Trio
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Trio

1 part1 page00:326 years ago943 views
A piece composed as an interlude for a wedding. The melodies and harmonies are mostly built using the letters from a variety of words, including the couple's names. This sheet music now has the tempo corrected and additional performance notation.
The Incubus, Variation No. 1, “Etude” (Piano Solo)
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The Incubus, Variation No. 1, “Etude” (Piano Solo)

1 part4 pages00:585 years ago1,605 views
The original "Incubus" theme, plus the rising theme that led to the Incubus variations.

A fun aside:
I went on a tour of the Queen Mary with my family years ago. At the end of the tour we arrived at the lobby by the piano that had been in the ship's crew's lounge during its operation. The tour guide--who happened to be the ship's historian--recited a long list of the very famous performers who had performed at that piano, performing for the crew after the main shows had been completed. He then asked if there was anybody in the tour group who could play piano and would like to play this one. I raised my hand, and the group, to their surprise (and to an eventual round of applause), heard me perform this piece.
Kelly Morse Theme
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Kelly Morse Theme

1 part1 page00:466 years ago764 views
Piano
In college, Kelly Morse knew that I often created melodies by using the letters of a person's name (continuing the letters of the alphabet up the scale past the letter "g"), and he asked me to play the theme that would be created by using the letters of HIS name; at the time, I was a bit stumped to make it sound interesting: d-e-e-e-d-f-a-d-e-e

Years later, he reminded me that he'd been disappointed that his name didn't make for a good melody -- and I decided that I had to be a good enough composer to make it work.

Here is the result.

Seth Chaban Waltz (Piano Solo)

1 part2 pages01:256 years ago423 views
Composed for my nephew using the letters of his name. (SETH = EEFA). This is the piano solo arrangement of the waltz as a standalone piece, though I will be arranging it in an overture format, with the Seth Chaban March and a third piece composed to his name in a minor key.

Seth Chaban March (Piano Solo)

1 part2 pages01:036 years ago397 views
I composed this for my nephew, writing his first and last names into the piece. It's part of a suite, including a march and a lament. This part was intentionally composed in the style of the marches of John Williams from the 1970s and early 1980s: repetitive rhythm used as a theme, extensive use of 7ths with the chord structure, and a counter theme that starts with a single upward whole step.

The piano solos WILL be followed by an orchestral or band arrangement.

Seth Chaban Theme (Piano Solo)

1 part2 pages01:286 years ago349 views
The original melody I created using the letters of my nephew's name. I also tried to get a bit of modal feeling into it, aiming for reference to his Jewish heritage.

Mia - Original Piano Solo

1 part2 pages02:095 years ago2,326 views
Piano
Mia: Thank you for warming our laps and our hearts for ten wonderful years. You were the prettiest cat at the Tampa Humane Society, and you were the sweetest pet anyone could ever wish for. No more hurting, no more fear.

Mia: 2002(?)-2013

This piece is a little bit theme, a little bit song, and a little bit requiem.

While I'm a little embarrassed by how emotional I've been over the loss of a pet, I also recognize how close we become to our animals, and how we both invest and are rewarded with love and emotion because of having them.

This was composed in an effort to try to get my emotions out during a sad but necessary time, and to create a memorial for a beloved pet. At first I fretted (no pun intended) over the ridiculously simple chord progression and repetitive melody—until I realized that my emotions were likewise stuck in a simple, repetitive loop, rehashing again and again our sadness and loss. I find myself humming the melody as a representation of my feelings, repeating it far more often that it would be played in a single performance of the piece... that makes me think I got it right.

Michael Sbabo Theme

1 part1 page00:216 years ago266 views
Another melody written on the letters of a name, this time "Michael Sbabo"—though in this case with specific changes to the exact notes that would have been dictated by the letters of the name in order to make the melody more pleasing. Eventually I hope to do more with this melody, but this is the basic theme.

Wedding Prelude

1 part2 pages03:116 years ago659 views
Commissioned by Christopher Minnes 
for the wedding of Wendy Minnes and 
Bruce Sherman, Saturday, June 22, 1996. Composed from the names of the bride and groom.
Ragtime #3: George Takei Rag
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Ragtime #3: George Takei Rag

1 part4 pages03:475 years ago31,557 views
Piano
Happy birthday, George Takei! I've been working on this composition for about three months now and am pretty sure it's complete. (VIDEO SCORE TO THE RIGHT, made with the MuseScore MP3 of this piece. "Made Easy" arrangement at http://musescore.com/arthurbreur/george-takei-rag-made-easy.)

This piece is composed off the letters of George Takei's name (just continuing the additional letters of the alphabet up the scale after A-G), and from patterns created by other words and names from George's life. (I've marked out where the notes are derived directly from his name in the first melody.)

Section by section:

The first section is composed off of the letters of George Takei's name, and is intentionally upbeat and optimistic. The theme is intended to represent his youth, his early family life, and his overall personality. I had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Takei by phone once a few years ago, and it was a delight speaking to him.

The second section represents the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. It is a sad part of America's history, and George Takei has made it part of his life to bring awareness to a time when America didn't behave so beautifully. The section is composed in a minor key, reflects the melodies of songs of Americana, and is intentionally composed so the melody and the accompaniment are not lined up, as the situation at the time was not in alignment with our country's principles.

The third section is all about Hollywood. The melody plays on the many celebratory melodies about Hollywood and show business, right up to the "big finish" cadences that lead the section into...

The fourth section comes as a surprise and suddenly turns a corner into very different places than the earlier sections, while intentionally keeping rhythms and references to other moments in the piece. The melody (if I do say so myself) is classy and sophisticated, even "cool"—the proud protagonist has found his stride, and it's more than just OK to be Takei.
Love Too Soon, Love Too Late (Piano Solo)
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Love Too Soon, Love Too Late (Piano Solo)

1 part1 page01:285 years ago1,098 views
This piece was one of the first pieces I composed after college, and is highly influenced by Danny Elfman. This piece was composed for my friend Steve McQuiston. (Be sure to listen to the arrangement in the video score to the right!)

Love Too Soon, Love Too Late (Ensemble Arrangement)

11 parts8 pages01:345 years ago596 views
Here's an ensemble arrangement of "Love Too Soon, Love Too Late" taken from the original sequence posted on the video score. (I'll video score this arrangement to that video as well, though it's not an exact transcription; this arrangement is all acoustic instruments, and sticks to their legitimate ranges.)

Jacob and Jackson - Viola and Piano (work in progress 1)

2 parts2 pages00:455 years ago324 views
So this is the viola piece I've been working on, with a B section added to the melody. I've used the "letters into notes" trick with the names of our friends Jacob and Jackson Howa-Morrow. With their names both starting with J-A-C, I decided to try their names as a single line with harmonies played on two strings of the viola; I have yet to hear how it sounds played, but I've been assured it's doable.

The piece was inspired by a recent "jam session" with Jacob ("Jake"), who plays viola. With a willing guinea pi—er, violist, I figured I should take advantage of the opportunity to learn how to compose better for stringed instruments.

I'm sure there will be many changes as I continue composing and building out the piece, and figured it would be fun to document the process again.

One (Sketch for Piano)

1 part1 page00:595 years ago590 views
This is a melody I composed a long time ago and recently decided to revisit. The sketch here is just the basic melody and chord progression, put down on paper so I have something to start with for development and further composition. (The "sketchiest" bit is the ending, which is — and very much FEELS — "tacked on" so that the melody isn't just left hanging for now.)

Interestingly, this uses the same starting notes as Rachmaninoff's famous variation on Paganini, but that was coincidental; I created the melody off of the letters of a name, as I often do, and immediately noticed the matching pattern. I composed the melody with the idea of using exactly the same melody with different tempos; there is a synthesized orchestral arrangement of the melody as a fanfare, which may be posted soon too, if I feel ambitious enough to transcribe and adjust it for real instruments.

Note: See Gerry Busch's guitar arrangement of this piece here: http://musescore.com/gbusch/arr-of-a-piano-sketch-by-arthur-breur

One (Sketch for Brass)

6 parts2 pages00:345 years ago550 views
This is the brass "fanfare" version of the "One" melody. Just a sketch and just the single melody again, with no development.

Sedigh No. 2 - In Motion (draft 2 - Original Composition)

1 part2 pages02:034 years ago283 views
Finished piece at https://musescore.com/arthurbreur/sky-in-motion

This has strayed from the first piece I did in what I was planning to be a set. Sedigh No. 1 is very much in a "song" format, and is very "American Songbook" in its feel. This piece feels more likely to end up in a "movie score" format of a few themes leading one to the next, each with a different feel (for a different character or setting in a film). We'll see. I'm happy how much this is building on the "S-E-P-E-H-R" theme. Pardon the still-unfinished form.

Sedigh No. 2 - In Motion (for Sepehr Keyhani, draft 3 - Original Composition)

1 part4 pages04:184 years ago398 views
Finished piece at https://musescore.com/arthurbreur/sky-in-motion

In a fairly "movie score end credits" A-B-B-A arrangement, I finally have this piece to where it feels nearly complete to me. (This piece is VERY dependent on the pianist's performance, particularly in the B section due to the nearly minimalist accompaniment; midi performance will sound very flat and monotonous.)

I know I'll be adjusting the accompaniment and adding flourishes (the starkness of the arrangement of the B theme is begging for ornamentation), but at least I now feel that this piece has both arc and growth. I'm also very much enjoying how much I managed to get the S-E-P-E-H-R theme (musically E-E-B-E-A-D) woven into various parts of the piece. I'll be premiering it on September 21st 2014, and hopefully a video score will come from that performance.

Barnaby Rose sketch 1

1 part1 page00:354 years ago298 views
Harpsichord
A quick composition on the name Barnaby for Mayhew Preston Reese (Robert Cullison).
Original Composition: The Painting
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Original Composition: The Painting

1 part2 pages02:043 years ago1,101 views
Piano
A quick "turn a word into a composition" piece. The seed word used here is "painting"--B-A-B-G-F-B-G-G

Note: made minor changes to notes that I had incorrectly put in while transcribing. Just measures one and two, and all measures like 7. Also added one measure at the end to round the piece out.

The piece is dedicated to Gerry Busch, from whom I gathered the idea of the recurring pattern bassline and the overall structure.

Clarinet Variation (In Progress)

3 parts2 pages00:243 years ago250 views
Violin, Clarinet, Piano
Finished work is here: https://musescore.com/arthurbreur/theme-and-variations-on-the-word-rapido

Here's another variation on the same theme, but this one has a very different feel. I'm not sure I got exactly the STYLE I wanted, but it's definitely sounding FUN. Again, VIOLIN PLAYERS: please help me with by advising on the playability of the double/triple stops! THANKS!

Tango, Chase, and Slow Variations (In Progress)

3 parts5 pages01:523 years ago816 views
Violin, Clarinet, Piano
Finished work is here: https://musescore.com/arthurbreur/theme-and-variations-on-the-word-rapido

So here are the arranged variations so far, linked together with their transitions. Again, any suggestions from clarinetists and violinists will be much appreciated! PLEASE COMMENT! Let me know what you think! (Next will likely be the ragtime variation, which will probably immediately precede the tango.)

THIS FILE COMBINES MY THREE PREVIOUS POSTS.

Theme and Variations on the Word "Rapido"

3 parts13 pages05:193 years ago2,045 views
Violin, Clarinet, Piano
Here's the entire finished contest piece as submitted to the Rapido! Composition Contest. (I didn't make semi-finalist, darn.) Please let me know what you think!

I count the theme & variations as follows:
1) Main theme (melody repeats twice)
2) "Silly" theme -- I did this to reference just keeping the same melody almost exactly and adding ornamentation or slightly varied rhythm (which I think of as a little "silly" compared to a strong 'variation' of the theme—and to reinforce the memory of the main theme, since it varies SO much in the...
3) Ragtime theme (this is equivalent to 2 "A" sections of a ragtime; I had the piano do one repeat of this section solo to give the piano player more solo/melody time, and because of Ragtime's roots in the piano)
4) Tango (LOVE IT, drops the 2nd D an octave down, and is in a minor mode)
5) "Chase" (almost feels more Klezmer than Latin, but it is its own thing; it continues the minor mode and provides a fun, upbeat moment)
6) Inverted variation ('slow' section, major with flat 6 plus modal changes)
7) Final variation (starting D one octave down)
Sky in Motion
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Sky in Motion

1 part6 pages04:104 years ago2,579 views
Piano
Ok, so this is my "final" version of this piece composed for and dedicated to Sepehr Keyhani (https://musescore.com/keyhani). I added "Sky" to the title because someone told me that "Sepehr" means "Sky", so it seemed appropriate. (If the translation is incorrect, that's just tough: this is the name of the piece now!) The feel is very movie score, and once I knew that the piece was going to have that feel, I ran with it--even "finishing" the composition by adding a solo intro line that (in a movie) would be played over the last two clever spoken lines from the two protagonists. Note: The "S-E-P-E-H-R" motif appears 42 times in the piece, not including partial or modified appearances.

Launch! - Fanfare for Concert Band

35 parts4 pages00:343 years ago2,413 views
Piccolo, Flute(2), Oboe(2), Bassoon(2), Clarinet(5), Alto Saxophone(2), Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Trumpet(3), French Horn(2), Trombone(3), Tuba(3), Contrabass, Timpani, Percussion(6)
Updated March 12, 2017: Added dynamics, fixed some not stem directions, output parts.

Commissioned by and dedicated to Jerry Fletcher, this composition uses the concept of "Launching" as well as the letters of the word "L-A-U-N-C-H" to create a motivational introduction fanfare.

Tango Variation and Clarinet Variation (In Progress)

3 parts3 pages013 years ago835 views
Violin, Clarinet, Piano
Finished work at: https://musescore.com/arthurbreur/theme-and-variations-on-the-word-rapido

NOTE: VIOLIN PLAYERS: PLEASE COMMENT ON DOUBLE-STOP PLAYABILITY!
OK, so here's the "clarinet" variation, updated (see my previous upload for comparison) and also (if I do say so myself) a delightful Tango variation to lead into it. It clocks in at about 60 seconds, so I have the whole 4-6 minute composition about 50% arranged now (it has to be completed by Sunday night). Cheers, and please let me know what you think!

Remembering Zayne - Original Solo Piano Composition

1 part2 pages02:582 years ago1,958 views
Piano
Here is the piece I composed for the family and friends of Zayne Shomler, December 14, 1998 - February 8, 2016.

Prior to performing the piece, I spoke to the assembled mourners with the following prepared text:

It does no disservice to laugh or smile — or, yes, to cry — when remembering Zayne. He is a part of your life and always will remain so. You carry him into your future with you.

Likewise, it does him no service to unjustly obsess over things that are now unchangeable. Things said that cannot be unsaid. Things done that cannot be undone. Things not done that you feel you should have done. It does not serve Zayne or anyone to beat yourself up over such things, because then you just carry pain and sadness into your future with you, when you could be carrying —and sharing—the joy, the love, and the lessons you learned from having Zayne in your life for the time that you did.

All that you can do is what you can do now. Let those who are here now know that you love them and you are here for them. Be here for them now, and be here with them every moment you can into the future.

There is a very powerful and meaningful quote by the late author, Terry Pratchett: “No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away...” I personally find great hope and comfort in that saying. Do your best to make as many ripples in the world as possible—heck, make a splash! Touch as many lives as possible. Remember those who created ripples that touched your life, and to keep those ripples going for as long as it is in your power to do so.

You carry Zayne into your future with you. In you. You carry him into the future by Remembering Zayne and sharing the good that he brought into your life, so that the ripples he made continue to go out and touch others through you.

Chemistry - Original Song by Arthur Breur

2 parts8 pages03:492 years ago2,849 views
Flute, Piano
This piece was commissioned by Annette Saarinen for her granddaughter Aurora, who happens to be studying chemistry (among other things) so she can pursue her goals of working on environmental restoration.

Composing a song that is a gift for a friend's granddaughter is fraught with a number of perils, particularly when one of the inspirations is that the recipient of the song likes Adele tunes. Adele's songs are mostly romantic songs about lost or unrequited love, so the lyrics couldn't really come across as being FROM the grandmother.

Knowing that Aurora is studying chemistry, however, gave me a clue as to how I could make the piece work nicely: make it sound like a love song about the chemistry between two people, when in fact, the lyrics are talking about how our use of chemistry is both responsible for the state of our environment and the means we must use to fix it.

I did use my usual trick of starting with words or names, and have composed both "Aurora" and "Chemistry" into the notes of the piece, the former in the accompaniment, and the latter as the foundation for the verse melody.

This is just a piano and voice arrangement, and I fully plan to create an instrumental recording as well.

***

How can we fix this mess that we've created?
Though we've waited far too long, it's not too late.

We can't undo the damage done, but we can change it,
We'll rearrange it every hour and every day.

It's been our chemistry that's leading us astray,
Just like it's chemistry that gives us hope to stay.
And while our hearts keep reaching on
We must do everything we can today
To use our chemistry to save our chemistry.

I am here, my hand stretched out, if you will take it.
We can make it through the madness and the pain.

Looking up I see a light to inspire
Like a fire across the sky to lead the way.

It's been our chemistry that's leading us astray,
Just like it's chemistry that gives us hope to stay.
And while our hearts keep reaching on
We must do everything we can today
To use our chemistry to save our chemistry.

***

Copyright 2016 Arthur Breur. All Rights Reserved.

Just The Way You Are (Initial Sketch)

1 part4 pages01:212 years ago6,327 views
Piano
A commission in progress, this is a dance number with a story (program) for the Tualatin Dance Studio. The waltz tune is a song (in progress), and the boogie woogie is the second that I've ever composed. It's outside of my style and experience in playing, so I'm having both fun and some trepidation. Hope you enjoy it!

Glacier Bay - String Trio (vn-vn-vc) - revised

3 parts6 pages04:522 years ago603 views
Updated January 7, 2017.

Revised July 9, 2016. Original July 2, 2016 score available at https://musescore.com/arthurbreur/glacier-bay-string-trio-violin-violin-cello

Composed for the String Trio Black Diamonds:
- Tamara Sieviieva
- Mykyta Denysov
- Anastasia Gorokhova

July 2, 2016

With gratitude to Captain Richard Svardmark and the entire crew of the Norwegian Sun.

***

Upon waking to a mysterious foggy morning on the Norwegian Sun cruise ship in Glacier Bay, Alaska, I was almost immediately possessed by my Muse. (That's the only way I can describe it; every moment that I was not composing—even WHILE looking at the beautiful, awe-inspiring glaciers!—I was hearing the melody in my head and aching to compose.)

The initial melody (and most of what follows) is composed from the letters of the name, Glacier Bay.

I'd enjoyed listening to the String Trio Black Diamonds playing a wonderful variety of music in the Sun's 7-story atrium...

Glacier Bay - String Trio (vn-vn-vc) - unedited original composition

3 parts10 pages04:462 years ago535 views
Violin(2), Cello
REVISED SCORE AVAILABLE AT https://musescore.com/arthurbreur/glacier-bay-string-trio-vn-vn-vc-revised

Composed for the String Trio Black Diamonds on July 2, 2016. First performance by Black Diamonds on July 3, 2016 on the Norwegian Sun in the ocean waters off Alaska:
- Tamara Sieviieva
- Mykyta Denysov
- Anastasia Gorokhova

July 2, 2016

With gratitude to Captain Richard Svardmark and the entire crew of the Norwegian Sun.

***

Upon waking to a mysterious foggy morning on the Norwegian Sun cruise ship in Glacier Bay, Alaska, I was almost immediately possessed by my Muse. (That's the only way I can describe it; every moment that I was not composing—even WHILE looking at the beautiful, awe-inspiring glaciers!—I was hearing the melody in my head and aching to compose.)

The initial melody (and most of what follows) is composed from the letters of the name, Glacier Bay.

I'd enjoyed listening to the String Trio Black Diamonds playing a wonderful variety of music in the Sun's 7-story atrium...

NaMuCoWriMo #1 - With Phrasing

1 part1 page00:362 years ago88 views
Piano
Here's a revision of the first exercise, just with phrasing and articulation added. I'm posting this separate from the first example (which is at https://musescore.com/arthurbreur/2016-nacowrimo-exercise-1) just to show what a difference phrasing and articulation make in a composition. The last two notes in the melody were bugging me, too, so I made a tiny change there. (We've also updated the hashtag for this month's exercises being shared on Twitter to #NaMuCoWriMo.

NaCoWriMo #1

1 part1 page00:402 years ago134 views
Piano
Revised version with phrasing at: https://musescore.com/arthurbreur/2016-namucowrimo-exercise-1-with-phrasing

I am joining in with my friend, fellow (?) composer Chrysanthe Tan, and others on Twitter to do a composition per day (or representable work each day composing). This is my first entry, using my usual trick of writing out the letters as notes. I figured a little (mostly) 2-part "duet" would be a fun and simple place to start!

NaMuCoWriMo Days #3-5

2 parts2 pages00:362 years ago127 views
Oboe, Piano
So my starting idea that I came up with on #day3 of #NaMuCoWriMo needed (and still needs) lots of polishing. I played with the rhythm of the original melody I created quite a bit, and really enjoy the current trill-like sound.

Rob Zeh 1

3 parts2 pages01:382 years ago165 views
English Horn, Percussion, Contrabass
This is for my friend (& my 1st Patreon patron) Rob Zeh. He asked for "Jaunty & Mysterious" & I think I have more work to do, but I'm very happy with what I've composed for him so far. If you'd like a custom composition created for you, you can commission me directly or become a patron at: https://www.patreon.com/arthurbreur

2015 Rapido Theme

3 parts1 page00:273 years ago207 views
Violin, Clarinet, Piano
Finished work is here: https://musescore.com/arthurbreur/theme-and-variations-on-the-word-rapido

This is the main theme from my composition for the 2015 Rapido Composition Contest. While I did not make it to semi-finalist, I think the composition itself is quite nice and I'm enjoying sharing the process I went through in composing it. Full theme and variations, mostly as submitted, is here: https://musescore.com/arthurbreur/theme-and-variations-on-the-word-rapido

Undercurrent - Patreon Reward for Margie Gilmore

1 part2 pages02:302 years ago540 views
Harp
COMPLETED! (Other than fixes from the expert harpists!)

This is a composition for my sister, Margie, and her husband Mike. In addition to being an awesome sister all around, Margie is also a patron on my Patreon page (https://www.patreon.com/arthurbreur), and this piece is for her as my patron! I've used their names to create the melody, and it was very fun to play with some upbeat sounds while keeping the idiosyncracies of the harp in mind!

A Nemophilist Walks in the Smaragdine Woods

2 parts1 page00:29a year ago166 views
Violin, Piano
Chrysanthe Tan's (https://www.patreon.com/chrysanthetan) word of the day YESTERDAY was "smaragdine" (https://twitter.com/ChrysantheTan/status/846373286317580288) and today's is "nemophilist" (https://twitter.com/ChrysantheTan/status/846733305705848832).
Since I missed yesterday, here's a combination melody created using BOTH words, in the phrase "A Nemophilist walks in the Smaragdine Woods". And yes, I got it all in there!

This one I'm sharing publicly (as penance… or something).

Please support me on Patreon to see these coming every day (or almost!) for the foreseeable future! https://www.patreon.com/posts/8603165

Tualatin Overture - First Rehearsal Draft

26 parts31 pages09:07a year ago541 views
Piccolo, Flute, Oboe(2), Clarinet(2), Bassoon(2), French Horn(2), Trumpet(3), Trombone(3), Tuba, Timpani, Percussion(3), Violin(2), Viola, Cello, Contrabass
Here is the Tualatin Overture as it will stand for the first rehearsal with the Tualatin Valley Symphony tomorrow evening.

Fanfare
A Stroll Back In Time
Mastodons (& Meteorites)
The Missoula Floods
It's Not Just The Rocks That Are Erratic
Fanfare Recap and "Coda(?)"

It's not completely finished, but the overall shape is complete and I'm a happy camper.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Tweets About Sound Of Late

2 parts4 pages03:23a year ago287 views
Cello, Contrabass
Here's my composition for the 48-hour Composition Competition put on by the local Portland, Oregon new music ensemble, Sound of Late. My assigned ensemble was cello and bass, and (having just listened to Neil deGrasse Tyson in an interview) I was immediately reminded of the sound of his voice. So this piece is a musical representation of what I imaging happening if Neil deGrasse Tyson actually tweeted about Sound of Late. They'd definitely do a little happy dance.

The piece will be premiered at the Way Post restaurant in Portland the evening of Saturday, April 29. (https://www.soundoflate.org/projects/48-hour-composition-competition/)
Tualatin Overture - Premiere Performance Score
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Tualatin Overture - Premiere Performance Score

29 parts29 pages11:29a year ago520 views
Piccolo, Flute(2), Oboe(2), Clarinet(2), Bassoon(2), French Horn(4), Trumpet(3), Trombone(3), Tuba, Timpani, Percussion(3), Violin(2), Viola, Cello, Contrabass
Here is the official printed score of the Tualatin Overture—which I'll be printing out for the City of Tualatin and the patrons of the overture—and the wonderful audio and video provided by North Pacific Music and Matchlight Video.

The overture was premiered on May 21, 2017 by the Tualatin Valley Symphony, Mark Perlman conducting, at the Living Savior Lutheran Church in Tualatin Oregon.

On June 26, 2017, the Overture was proclaimed to be the official overture of the City of Tualatin by Mayor Lou Ogden and the City Council.

Bernard and Rose Mary Mohr

2 parts5 pages03:58a year ago166 views
Cello, Piano
A commission for Celia Volk, this piece is a gift to her father and mother. It includes both of their names composed into the work, as well as Celia's in the B section or bridge.

Richard & Sue Volk

1 part1 page02:55a year ago228 views
Piano
A composition for my Patreon patron, Celia Volk, for a Christmas gift for her inlaws. It somehow manages to be jazzy, classical, and "movie score"-ish, all in one fell swoop.

Misted Swerve - Patreon Reward for Rob Zeh

3 parts5 pages03a year ago306 views
English Horn, Percussion, Cello
This completed "tune" composition is for my friend (& my FIRST Patreon patron) Rob Zeh. He asked for "Jaunty & Mysterious" and with the new section and adjustments to the overall feel, this is pretty on the mark. If you'd like a custom composition created for you, you can commission me directly or become a patron at: https://www.patreon.com/arthurbreur

Previous work on this tune is at: https://musescore.com/arthurbreur/rob-zeh-1

Tuesday Night Overture - Original Composition by Arthur Breur for the Tualatin Valley Community Band

42 parts30 pages07:542 months ago148 views
Piccolo, Flute(2), Oboe(2), Bassoon(2), Clarinet(5), Alto Saxophone(2), Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Trumpet(3), French Horn(6), Trombone(5), Tuba(3), Bass, Timpani, Percussion(7)
The final "Premiere" version of my commission from the Tualatin Valley Community Band, celebrating their 30th year performing. Still some score fixes to do, and always dynamics to add and fine tune. But this is it for the rehearsals up to the premiere on December 2nd.

The group started with 14 members, thus the piece starting with 14 solo parts. The music is composed from various words, names, and numbers, such as "community", 1988, 2018, "have fun, play in tune" (an inside joke with the band), and others.

I'm VERY thankful that I had MuseScore to work with on this piece. It never crashed or lost my data. Extracting parts was easy and fast (though parts cleanup will always be parts cleanup.)

The score includes 6 hidden parts, and the final "production" score will have some of the percussion reduced to a single staff, just to save space.