Sunday, June 21, 2015

The City Composing, Stockholm: "Vårkväll i Frescati" by Maria Ljungdahl, performed by Hara Alonso (piano)

"Vårkväll i Frescati", performed 26 May 2015 at KMH, Stockholm, by Hara Alonso, piano, a piece composed by Maria Ljungdahl (Maritune Art & Music) and submitted to the project "The City Composing". Sheet music (copyright 2015 Maria Ljungdahl, STIM) available as pdf download, screen viewing/listening, or direct print out at Score Exchange

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Save Sibelius!

Found this - I believe it is by Sibelius user Bob Morabito - on the campaign page for raising awareness about Avid's (the current owner company) treatment of the Sibelius employees in UK, and the need for a better solution/ownership for the future of the notation software Sibelius and related development and support.

Pass the word,
let all be heard,
we'll raise a roar tremendous.
We stand for right,
join in the fight
Lets Save Sibelius!

Just speak your heart,
and now we start,
united and rebellious.
Raise up the cry-
"Our Sib wont die!!"
Lets save Sibelius!


Spread the word, please!

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Extatisk reträtt

This is a quick, first and awful sounding recording, only for demo purposes, with the Swedish lyrics I (Maria) have written to the song "Ecstatic Regret" (composed 2004 by Michael W Morse, SOCAN. Music used with permission).

Original sheet music found at

See also the version with English lyrics by Samir Fejzic, released on his album "Romantic Soul".


 (vers 1) Mörka månen lyser röd. Du är sårad, jag vill dö. Svarta segel närmar sig. Hör du mig?

 (vers 2) Varför skiljas? Varför dö? Ingen människa är en ö. Ingen framtid för oss två? Klockan slår! 

(refräng A-del) Som i extas, jag vacklar till, och väntar på signal med gråten i halsen. Ah… Min dröm gick i kras, en bubbla sprack. Här är slutet, vår final, den allra sista valsen.

(refräng B-del) Utan liv finns ingen tid och inget lyckorus kvar. Fast jag vill inte tro att känslor dör så snart. Nej, oh nej!

(Swedish lyrics copyright © 2012 Maria Ljungdahl STIM.)


(Edited from google translate into English!) 

Ecstatic retreat (Swedish text to MWM's song "Ecstatic regret")

 (verse 1) The dark moon is glowing red. You are hurt, I want to die. Black sails are approaching. Can you hear me?

 (verse 2)  Why divorce? Why die? No man is an island. No future for us two? The clock strikes!

(chorus part A) As if in ecstasy, I stagger, waiting for a signal, on the verge of tears. Ah ... My dream was shattered, a bubble burst. Here is the end, our finale, the very last waltz.

 (chorus B part) Without life, no time and no euphoria left. Though I will not believe that feelings die so soon. No, oh no!

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

libretto - the start of the Marina Scene from Helissa, Queen of California



(singing to the melody ”The Ship Arrives”)

SAILOR: This morning as the sun was rising o’er the ocean we arrived.
ALL: Arrived! Arrived!
SAILOR: This morning when the sun is shining o’er the ship and in our eyes. We’ll tell you of our lives, of souls and wolves and wives. Say, do you also fear to lose your freedom, reason, taste and love?
ALL: And love? And love?

SAILOR: This morning as the sun is rising o’er a foreign land in peace.
ALL: In peace! In peace!
SAILOR: This morning when the sun is shining o’er the hills and roofs and trees. In Darwin we believe, and free speech is our creed. Our captain and the boys are coming forward here to say ”Ahoy”!
ALL: Ahoy! Ahoy!

MISS MELODY: My God! Who are these people, landing here at such an early hour? What a sorry ship! What strange clothes and shoes! The sailors! The captain! The tall woman at his side! The white dwarf! They look like Europeans, poor souls…

(spoken dialogue)
CAPTAIN YUSTA: Ahoy! Hallo! Hey-hey! Ya commer fron at fremmonde land. Ya tror på leevat ock Darwin! Vee comm uver havat, ock seigledde fron Skandinavien till Panama fur enn monadd senn. Vee viller stanna ee Los Angeles Santa Monica men cunnde inte fo platts ee marinan. Hjelp oss! Air detta San Fransisko? Vem regerar stadun? Har nee demokrati? Har nee sossialfursaekringer?
MISS MELODY: Hello, strangers! Greetings! You have entered the city where Helissa the Wise and Wonderful is the Queen President of All People! I am her friend and servant. You can call me Miss Melody.
QUEEN HELISSA: Welcome in the name of peace, dolphins and oranges! We speak English if you don’t mind.

YUSTA: Sorry! I will translate for you now. Greetings to Queen Helissa, Miss Melody and all people! My name is Captain Yusta. I am the owner of this ship here. This is Jeanette, my assistant. Here is Blondel, a friend and musician from Paris. My crew is from England: Will, Dill and Jill. We sailed from Scandinavia a month ago, through Panama, and were not allowed to stay in Los Angeles. Please help us! We are good people. We believe in Darwin, in life, in peace, and freedom of speech. Thank you.

(I think I'm writing an opera, but I'm not sure yet)

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Friday, September 30, 2011

here, now

Since SibeliusMusic was closed today, and redirects to ScoreExchange the composer forum they hosted is also down.

If you are looking for people you once found on SibMus chat page, or want to discuss something about your experience as a self-publisher of compositions and user of Sibelius, welcome to the open unoffical user forum group on Facebook

There are a couple of other places also, where friends from SibMus meet. Follow the links in the earlier post about it.

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

digital sheet music online and offline in the future

Got an email some days ago from the people at SibeliusMusic, and it seems the site will be removed within a couple of months:

" will continue to operate during the transition period, but will be ramping down in the following stages:

- Paid-for scores will no longer be purchasable from 31 July
- Free scores will be available to consumers for another two months, until 30 September
- The final payments to self-publishers for music sold on will occur on or before the end of September
- On 1 October, be shut down, and the homepage will redirect to

Any user data, including scores, programme notes, and account details, that has not been migrated to by the time is finally closed will be deleted 30 days thereafter (in accordance with data protection laws)."

I have already moved my scores to the alternative new web site that they recommended, ScoreExchange, and my music is found at this page

It seems they want to preserve the self-publisher catalogue of scores from the SibeliusMusic era and the user base of sellers and buyers, but redirect it to two new enterprises.

The business idea of SibeliusMusic, to sell printouts of digital sheet music files ("scores" made in Sibelius notation but presented in encrypted Scorch format for web browser viewing/playing/printing) will go to a company called ScoreExchange, which is not related to the Avid group, but to ADAP Solutions, a company where former SibeliusMusic staff and developers work.

An increasingly common use of digital sheet music is to skip the print to paper step and read the music directly on the computer screen, a dedicated type of gadget in the form of a electronic music stand with a screen, or also on a display direct on a musical instrument (a keyboard, usually). Now Avid/Sibelius has developed an application for Apple Ipad, that can show Sibelius files in Scorch format. This makes it possibly to sell musical scores - both from the huge catalogues of sheet music available through commercial music publishers and for the also large catalogue of self-published music - through Itunes, but you need to purchase the Scorch app first and view the music store through it, I think. I haven't tested it, because I don't have an ipad to try it on.

Since the lively forum - the "chat page" - at SibeliusMusic also will be gone in the near future, users have been discussing if they are interested in starting their own forum or connection hub somewhere, and up to now, these possible alternatives have been noted this far:

this is an old Facebook group for discussions and connections between Sibelius users.

here is the official Avid Scorch forum for tech support and discussions about the ipad experience.

the good tech support forum for the main product Sibelius will still be found at the Help Center at

there is also the unofficial yahoo group for Sibelius users, with tech support and discussions - sibelius-list

the product manager at Sibelius, Daniel Spreadbury, publishes a blog - Sibelius Blog

there is since a couple of years a forum with several Sibelius users in it, called Sons of Sibelius (or SOS)

there was a once active but now abandoned Yahoo group with several Sibelius users in it - 21st century composers (I can't log in to it and see the member list, because I think I used an old yahoo identity for it, and have perhaps lost the details for it)

there is a new forum called SibeliusComposers

there is a new Wordpress blog page set up by Steve for discussions and links - Composers of Sibelius

Please comment here - or at the other places mentioned - if you have any ideas or advice!

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a new recording (video) of the Scarborough Fair / Every Rose arrangement

You can purchase the sheet music as print outs from this page and/or this page at

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