Thursday, December 10, 2009

Carols and other music for the season

Time for some last minute decisions about what to listen to, play or sing this Christmas? Here are some suggestions for music that can be listened to online and then printed as sheet music:

A Lucia song in Swedish, Ljus, som i natten lyser (SATB) or Ljus som i natten lyser (melody)

A well-known Swedish song, Nu tändas tusen juleljus

A modern translation of an old German hymn, Vintergatans vita segel (SSAB) or Vintergatans vita segel (melody)

A piano solo piece, Dancing polar bears

An instrumental tune for viola and piano, Frost

A short and simple piano tune for the New Year, New chords

An old folk song from Europe, Ulv, räv, hare (J'ai vu le loup, le renard, le lièvre

A Canadian jazz piece that exists in two versions with different titles, 1) The not-so-great Satan and 2) The voice of a fallen snow angel

An old carol, God rest ye merry gentlemen or alternative version

A cool lydian plaything for jazz ensemble, Lydia's waltz

A movement from a jazz suite, Symphoresis

A ballad arranged for jazz ensemble, Estella's song

A song cycle, Along the marches of the sky

A piece for string orchestra, A Christmas quarrel

Another piece for string orchestra, Danza: el que bailó con el Diablo

A prologue to an opera, The Miracles of Monsanvierge

A movement for string quartet, Solstice

A hymn, See amid the winter's snow

A carol arranged for wind quartet, Away in a manger

Another one, Ding dong merrily on high

And, God rest ye merry gentlemen

And, Jingle bells

And, O come all ye faithful

And, Once in royal David's city

And, See amid the winter's snow

And, Silent night

And, The first Noël

A prelude, Veni veni Emmanuel

A chaconne, Air de Galatee

A piece for three pianists (six hands), Heroes of mine

A carol for brass quintet, Deck the halls

A piece for orchestra, Deck the hall of the mountain king

A carol, The Serpent's sermon

A carol for french horn and piano, White Christmas

A hymn, Veni creator spiritus

A piano solo, Snowflake realms


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Saturday, December 05, 2009

The Cornucopia Of Inhabited Worlds

A new poem by Lars Gustafsson

The cornucopia of inhabited worlds

In some other worlds they have now confirmed
the Riemann prime number hypothesis

In some other worlds they are now forcing
some ancient mushrooms to confess for ages

In some other world the depths of darkness
is lit up from words cried by marvellous rocks

In many a world summer reigns
for a century, and the unfortunate ones

who were born on a winter day are
spending their lives fast asleep

suspended in light grey and
fur-lined cocoons

In some of the worlds also this poem
is written already by several poets

(Swedish original: Om de bebodda världarnas rikedom. Copyright Lars Gustafsson 2009. English translation by Maria Ljungdahl. Published with permission.)

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Retrogradus ad Parnassum

Yesterday I found a newly published composition for piano by Michael Morse on the website SibeliusMusic.com. The piece is called Retrogradus ad Parnassum and is a study in a somewhat more conservative and thoughtful style than otherwise expected from the composer/jazz bassist Morse, but the material is developed with a nice flavour of jazz and folk feeling.

You can print out the score (if you have the latest free version of Scorch browser plugin for viewing music) and take it to the piano or keyboard, or just listen to the demo mp3.
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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Dilettante Music

(This is a test post, after I have tried to import the RSS feed from this blog to my Dilettante Music profile)

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Frustrated users at SibeliusMusic.com

The SibeliusMusic.com site was relaunched some days ago after a major reconstruction, which we users have known about for a year or something. The site has had a dysfunctional Beta sibling on show for many months, to give people a chance to test it and send in feedback to the developers, but now the staff decided to let it run on its own and exchanged the former main site with a version that users have found is still not working as expected...
For example, the self-publisher "store" I signed up for after the site's remake, and am currently sketching a logo image for,


isn't possible to browse my published music in, since the pages where I as store holder can edit the layout and functionality of the place are not fully working as expected. Some actions don't "take" at all, for example the page where the logo itself can be uploaded, and the page where the score catalogue is sorted in categories before it is shown in the shop window. Now I'm waiting for a reply from technical support. [update: immediately before I clicked "publish" for this blog post, I just received a nice email from one of the developers, so I am sure they are listening to the users.]

MaLj
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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Old pictures







(Maria Ljungdahl 1976-77. Two of the drawings are interpretations after photos from magazines.)
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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Forum London Composers Group Concert

A message from Cedric Peachey, reposted from the SibeliusMusic chat page:

Three Spring concerts, including works by several SibMus composers, have been organised by the Forum London Composers Group, starting this weekend. The venue for all three concerts is:

St. Gabriel's Church, Warwick Square, Pimlico, SW1V 2AD

Saturday 18 April 2009 at 7.30pm

Celebrating the String Quartet, Plus One
Featuring music by Martin Jones, Chonon Lewis, Tony Matthews, Michael Regan and Brian Wilshere.

Performance duties are shared between the Bishop Quintet, with Sue Bishop (clarinet), and the Con Brio Quartet.

Saturday 9 May 2009 at 7.30pm

Chamber music for wind and piano
Featuring music by Elizabeth Winters, Natalie Bleicher, David Arditti, Cedric Peachey, Martin Jones, Tony Matthews and Michael Regan.

Saturday 16 May 2009 at 7.30pm

Songs and Choruses
Featuring music by Ann Wolff, Andrew Bungay, David Arditti, Alan Taylor, Cedric Peachey, Tony Matthews and Brian Wilshere.

Tickets available on the door or in advance: 020 7635 7992.
All seats £10. Discount available: Three concerts for £25.

St Gabriel's is a splendid Victorian church dating from 1853 and is noted for its spacious acoustic.

For further information on the Forum London Composers Group, please see: www.forumcomposers.org.uk

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

So Long Ago (Izabella)

SO LONG AGO



1. In the eyes of Izabella

any man was good as gold.

That precisely meant a fellow

could be sized for lies he told.



Shiny, sticky, stiff and old.

Always right, and often cold.


Bye - so long, so long ago!



Hey nonny nonny, hey nonny nonny no

Fol de rol and fol de roodle

Wotcher cock and howdy doodle

There lived a lass and also lackaday

Men were decievers, or so they say...



2. In the days of Izabella

girls believed what they were told.

Women's ways were not Cruella's
.
Ladies shouldn't be so bold!



Fluffy, feeble, fair and old.

Always wrong, but seldom cold.


Bye - so long, so long ago!




copyright 2007 Barry Booth & Maria Ljungdahl

Sheet music for this song can be purchased and printed online from a score page at Barry Booth's composer home page at SibeliusMusic.com. A simple demo version can be heard at Myspace.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Gold Is When You Find It



Gold Is When You Find It

Images and video editing - Maria Ljungdahl, Sweden.

Soundtrack - instrumental version of "Morning Song", composed by Barry Booth, UK. Used with permission.

The music - "Morning Song" by Barry Booth with lyrics by Fran Landesman - is published at SibeliusMusic.com

The video is a work of art or fiction and does not tell any particular story. The quilt is not made by the author. The wall painting at the hospital is not by the author. The owner of the sailboat and the buildings are unknown to the author of the video. The few photos that are not taken by MaLj are used with permission.
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Friday, March 13, 2009

the noise of a million sleeping snow flakes



The picture is from February 2007 but the view from my window is the same today.

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

musician, ambition, recognition, INTERNET

Elaine Fine writes

"There are many questions we need to ask ourselves about the relative health of tethering too much of our musical lives to the internet. I have to keep reminding myself that it is the here and now that matters in music, and the only recognition that is important is the recognition I give myself. When we turn off the computer, which is a window to the world (as well as a mirror) for so many people, we have to face, once again, who we are to ourselves and to the people we relate to in real time and in real space."


from Musical Assumptions


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Monday, February 16, 2009

Concert in Oxford

My online friends Jill Elliott and Charles McCreery will have works performed at a concert in Oxford in March 2009:

Radcliffe Orchestra Concert

Saturday 7 March 2009

At Tingewick Hall

John Radcliffe Hospital
Headington
Oxford

Commencing at 7.45 pm

£8 per ticket including wine and cheese after performance

Tickets available from Cairns Library on the JR site; Customer Service Desk, 2nd floor, Blackwells, Broad Street; Mary Williams, charity co-ordinator on 01235 520608 and on the door

All proceeds to Botley Alzheimers Home
Charity no:299766

ALL WELCOME

Music:

Bonn Pictures – Jill Elliott
Siegfried’s Death and Funeral March – Wagner
Siegfrieds Rhine Journey – Wagner

King Eldred Overture – Charles McCreery
Symphony No 7 – Beethoven


The information was found at Facebook, at the home page for Radcliff Orchestra and at the network for classical music and musicians, Dilettante Music.

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Concert in London

A message from Fung Lam:

A very short work of mine will be premiered by the BBC Concert Orchestra on Tuesday 17th February 2009, with conductor Charles Hazlewood.

I was one of 12 composers commissioned to contribute a minute-long piece of music to form a 12-minute piece for this concert, alongside other composers such as Anne Dudley, Paul Patterson, Tansy Davies, Rabih Abou-Khalil, Gwilym Simcock, Andy Sheppard, as well as Will Gregory (of Goldfrapp fame) and the Pet Shop Boys. The concert will also feature works by Mozart, Schnittke, Ives, Terry Riley, Colin Matthews and Stravinsky.


Information about the concert in London:

BBC Concert Orchestra - "Music & Chance" Concert
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London
7:30pm / Tuesday 17th February 2009

The web site also says:

"Great composers. Great music inspired by the roll of the dice, the turn of the cards - in short, a night of complete chance!"



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Friday, February 06, 2009

Poetry and Jazz in Peterborough, Ontario

From The Peterborough Examiner:

"A performance of original compositions for words and music by the jazz/poetry group Credo 4 happens at Sadleir House on Feb. 5 at 8 p. m. The compositions, for voice and a trio of musicians, have been written by two Trent University cultural studies professors, Ian McLachlan and Michael Morse, who have been working for the past six months on the pieces that will be performed. The main composition is entitled "Peace Processes;" it deals with the Khmer Rouge "genocide" in Cambodia and UN peacekeeping operations. Other titles include a long elegy, "Under the Cold Stars," "Oh, Mr. Obama, You'd Better Start Talking Peace," and "Memo from Managua on the Pluralist Revolution." Morse is a bassist who has played over the years with many of the most high profile jazz musicians and composers in Canada and the United States. He is the leader of the Dignity of Labour band, which performs regularly in Toronto. Ian McLachlan won the Best First Canadian Novel prize for his novel "The Seventh Hexagram," and was the coauthor with Rob Winslow of the play "Dr. Barnardo's Children," which played at 4th Line Theatre in 2005 and 2006. Last January, Credo 4 presented its first concert in Peterborough at Traill College."


Sorry that this was posted so terribly late. I believe the performance started 20 minutes ago...

Update: a demo version and the sheet music of the music for this group is available at Michael's publishing page at SibeliusMusic.com - see for example Peshawar Curtains

(new readers of this blog coming here looking for more information about jazz, Ian McLachlan, Trent University and poetry from Peterborough, Ontario are probably not interested in following this link to Iain McLachlan's music... so I recommend a visit to the main page of the Sibelian Conspiracy before you leave.)

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Énergie des Modes

I have just listened to a demo version (created by Pat Ross-Ross) of a piece for harpsichord,

Énergie des Modes (2005)
composed by R.A. Moulds. (the first link is to the page with both the score and the mp3)

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Misty Island - finally a video to this old piece



The pictures are not really what I imagined when I composed the piece, many years ago, at the Lindbladstudion (EAM studio) at the University of Göteborg School of Music. I was thinking of an island surrounded by mist, but in the summer. Tonight, the ships are needing their fog horns, but when I took the photos this afternoon it was clearer. And it is winter.
/MaLj
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Monday, January 19, 2009

Ask a genie for a performer

Piano

comics from xkcd


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Ten years? Ten thousand hours of practising?

I'm just posting the links to a couple of interesting posts which I read in December 2008, written by the ethnographer Alexandre Enkerli at his Disparate blog ("A bilingual blog on disparate subjects. Un blogue disparate bilingue.").

part 1
part 2

It is a critical discussion of the widespread idea that it takes ten years or ten thousand hours to become an expert on anything, for example, to become a musician/composer like Mozart.

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Meeting and discussion in London

Two messages from Cedric Peachey:

1.

I thought I should bring to your notice, as editor and guardian of the Sibelian Conspiracy, the call for a full meeting of the London chapter of the Composers’ Coven to resolve an important issue of terminology. As usual, a pub lunch and accompanying alcoholic beverages will be served to assist the quality and range of the debate.

Suggestions for a suitable collective noun for composers are welcomed from all paid-up members of the Sibelian Conspiracy. Two proposals have already been tabled:

A cacophony of composers
A counterpoint of composers

2.

There would appear to be no recognised collective noun for a group or assemblage of composers. Mr Ellis has been known to refer to our gatherings as “covens” but this term has no proper association with music and, in any case, has long been regarded as specific to stirrers of cauldrons and riders of broomsticks, with a distinct bias towards the female gender of the aged, warty, cackling variety.

I therefore wish to call a meeting to enquire upon, debate and settle this most urgent of issues at the The Anglesea Arms, in non-gender specific, racially neutral, ability non-dependent, secular language: http://www.capitalpubcompany.com/anglesea/

How would Saturday 14th or 28th February around noon suit your respective diaries? In the meanwhile, please consult the following for inspiration:

The Collective Noun Page



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SUBMITTED IDEAS FOR COLLECTIVE NOUNS and ACRONYMS:


A batch of composers - ABOC
A botch of composers - ABOC

A cacophony of composers - ACOC
A cafard of composers - ACOC

A collection of composers - ACOC
A concussion of composers - ACOC
A confusion of composers - ACOC
A counterpoint of composers - ACOC

A conspiracy of composing compeers - ACOCC

An excess of composers - AEOC

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