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Arrangements I’m working on

This year has been a pretty productive year so far. I finished creating an SATB version of the solo version of In Humility Our Savior that I wrote many years ago.  I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.  It’s a little less intimate than the solo version, but I like how the harmonies, parts, and countermelodies turned out. I will be posting that to the blog shortly.

I also finished an arrangement of Hark All Ye Nations / The Day Dawn is Breaking that we’ll be performing in an upcoming fireside.  That arrangement needs a bit of tweaking, but it’s 95% there.  Look for the sheet music to be posted in the near future also.  I do have a demo mp3, but it was recorded in Chinese to assist the Chinese Choir that is performing it. Hopefully I’ll also be able to find some people to help record it in English.

 

Adorable Lady (可爱女人 Ke Ai Nu Ren) by Jay Chou (周杰伦)

Heard this song so many years ago, forgot about it, then was at Boiling Point (Taiwanese Hotpot restaurant) and it came over the radio.  And I was like “Oh, this will make such a good arrangement!”.

One of the fun things about arranging Jay Chou ballads is figuring out how to include the rhythmic aspects of the song.  I ended up using the right hand with some syncopated octaves to get the effect that I wanted in the chours.

Also, yes, there are a couple of note goofs.  I did this pretty much in one take so that’s what came out.

I also hear an arrangement of Tornado in my head that I will probably end up recording in a few weeks.

Dreams to Dream

After hearing that James Horner passed away, I thought this would be a good tribute. To a composer, who, through his music, helped all of us dream.

This arrangement is from a random practice session earlier in the year. I was playing the piano and the melody for Dreams to Dream (from the movie Fievel Goes West) came out from those subconscious musical recesses of the brain we all have. I’ve always liked the movie version of the song better than the Linda Rondstadt pop version, but I did add the verse from the pop song into the arrangement because it’s pretty.

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day. For church today, we performed an arrangement I wrote. It’s a duet/mashup of two primary songs, Teacher Do You Love Me, with lyrics changed to “mother”, and Mother I Love you. Since I don’t want to publish the live track without any of the performer’s permission, below is the track I recorded earlier this month to help the performers prepare. The piece is in Chinese, and is sung by my kind wife. This is my first real Mother’s Day without Mom, I believe she was able to hear it somewhere up above.

 

Sheet Music Links:

Chinese Version: Mother Will You Love Me Mother I Love You Chinese 2015-04-30

English Version: Mother Will You Love Me Mother I Love You English 2015-04-30

Frozen Brothers

Thought it’d be cool to do a arrangement/mashup of a couple of pieces of music from completely different mediums. I played Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons (with my wife watching) a while ago, and was extremely impressed with the storytelling.  The theme music was also quite awesome.  Anyway there are a couple of lands you visit with lots of ice, snow, and icebergs – which led me to the idea to mash it up with Let It Go – from Frozen.

Ran into a couple of fun challenges when arranging. The main theme from Brothers is in F# minor, Let It Go is in F minor.   I decided to use F minor just because I liked the tonal quality of the key for merging the two pieces.  Also, Brothers is in 3/4, Let it Go is in 4/4.  It was interesting to figure out a way to merge the two without making things sound abrupt.

Definitely recommend, if you haven’t already, to play the game.  Also, don’t read the spoilers, and just play it for the experience.  The game is about 4 hours long so it’s basically like sitting through a couple of movie.