Tag: music

Fantastic Beasts Medley

I loved J.K. Rowling’s most recent film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Naturally, I loved the music and as soon as I got home from the theatre started a google quest. Despite my best searching efforts as well as hours of Youtube research yielded no good arrangements of the best themes from the movie. So I took matters into my own hands and listened through the score, marking my favorite parts. The end product was the Fantastic Beasts Medley. Below you will find the free sheet music as well as a video of the medley.

Fantastic Beast Medley Sheet Music

Audio Download

Also, feel free to browse more free sheet music here.

-M.M.

Fireflies Sheet Music

I received a request in a comment on Youtube to post sheet music to my cover of “Fireflies” by Owl City. I dug back through my archives and found some sheet music I created back when I first started creating electronic sheet music. I have decided to post it here in case you too are interested in playing it. Click the underlined link below to access the pdf.

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And in case you missed the original Youtube video, posted years ago, here it is:

La Cathédrale Engloutie

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Credit: kyotokid.deviantart.com

One of my favorite composers is Claude Debussy. I recorded his piece “La cathédrale engloutie” [the swalowed/engulfed/sunken cathedral]. I hope you like it. Click the link below to listen to download the audio.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0By2Jaqrpo1ywOXMxZ2hscEVDT0k/edit?usp=sharing

The piece tells the story of an ancient catheral that rises up out of the sea (or possibly a swamp or marsh). Debussy, in a truly impressionistic fashion, paints a picture of curch bells and an organ playing first above water, once the cathedral has emerged, and then underwater, once the cathedral has sunk back into the sea. It is a very beautiful piece.

-M.M.

 

 

Aurora {audio}

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“Aurora” is a song I wrote last year. It is a kind of prayer or wish for peace in the face of change and trouble. The vocals were done by Brodi Bateman. You can download the audio by clicking the link below.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0By2Jaqrpo1ywMk9zdWhPREJTUGs/edit?usp=sharing

Here are the lyrics:

 

Aurora

 

Verse 1:          Out on the street in lamp-lit silence

With the sirens of days gone by

Whispers tell you the war is over

These are ghosts of a faded time

But the sidewalk cracks say there’s no looking back tomorrow.

And the foggy nights hide the helpless heights of sorrow.

Help me find a way.

 

Chorus:           Aurora Borealis harmony

Keep me from war and malice. Set me free.

Open my heart (and) let your colors in.

Aurora Borealis peace within.

 

Verse 2:          Out on the waves a lonely schooner

Captainless and cold as ice.

Whispers tell you that dawn is coming

Shining bright on a distant tide

 

The black and grey of yesterday are ashes,

Like the ocean foam that has no home and passes

Help me find a way. Hey, hey.

 

Chorus:           Aurora Borealis harmony

Keep me from war and malice. Set me free.

Open my heart (and) let your colors in.

Aurora Borealis peace within.

 

Bridge:            *Instrumental*

 

Breakdown:   Let my heart fly.                                 Aurora Borealis harmony

Let it go.                                               Keep me from war and malice.

Never touch the ground.                    Set me free.

Let your music fuel my life.               Open my heart & let you colors in

Write my story down. (4-6x)            Aurora Borealis peace within. (3)

 

 

 

The General Slocum Slough

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The S.S. General Slocum was a passenger steamboat that caught fire and sank in the East River in New York. The disaster caused the largest loss of life in New York until the terrorist attacks of 9-11 nearly 100 years later.

Inspired by the story of the S.S. General Slocum, composer Charles Ives wrote an incredibly descriptive and unnerving piece of music to tell the story of the disaster. As you listen to the piece, you hear the sounds of the party aboard the ship, conflicting sounds from the shore and otherships until the boat crashes and sinks. He does this by having multiple melodies going on at once in different keys, which adds to the conflict and sense of impending catastrophe.

One of the other pieces that is referenced in this poem include Debussy’s “La cathédrale engloutie” (literally “The Swallowed Cathedral”) which tells the story of a Gothic cathedral which rises up out of the ocean (or as I like to picture it, a swamp) and then sinks back down. See the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jg5hvGS7X7w

The third piece that is referenced is “The Flight of the Bumblebee” by Rimsky-Korsakov. The title is pretty self-explanatory.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yZPrrboTkY

And now for the poem:

 

The General Slocum Slough

 

It’s not that I don’t love

the commotion of The General Slocum,

but it is rather slow in coming

and jarring to the ear and running

rather longer than it ought to run.

Ought to run away.

Take the fortissimo

and scram.

With The Flight of the Bumblebee

and La Cathédrale Engloutie

as limits,

reaching for futurity

without compromising.

 

Desensitization is not

decisively  beautiful;

it is tacitly futile,

like drinking frozen castor oil.

Or not.

It is the General Slocum slough.

-M.M.