Greatest all-time two minutes of pop writing and orchestration?

20 Feb

The greatest two minutes of pop writing and orchestration has to be Leonard Bernstein’s tribute to Beethoven, “Somewhere”, from his 1961 orchestral suite West Side Story.  The counterpoint between the leaping and returning themes is exquisite.  The delicate harp raindrops accompanying.  Video starts at 4:30.  The orchestra is extremely close-mic’d, and it sounds great!

 

 

 

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Singing and playing cello: Santa Lucia

19 Feb

This is an old recording for cello and voice but I was thinking back to it.  I plan to arrange and learn a couple more songs for cello and singing, as it’s incredibly difficult and also incredibly good practice / very rewarding.  The arranging for cello is also a neat process, because the arrangement can go from very simple to very complex.  In fact, learning to play and sing requires building up the arrangement from the simple to the complex in a very deliberate manner.  More on that process later!

 

Cello music for meditation?

1 Feb

Here’s a hypnotic and meditative video I made for Chromawheel Music, with cello trio.   Check the youtube video description for what’s going on musically.  We do this as a warmup in high school string orchestra, and here’s sheet music for that arrangement: https://payhip.com/b/B3RO

Oh Shenandoah Arrangement

30 Jan

I made an arrangement for my middle school string orchestra of one of my favorite folk songs of all time, Oh Shenandoah.  It’s from around the time of the American Civil War, and the lyrics are beautiful.  I recorded a demo of the recording for cello quartet in case the students wanted to hear it.  The photo is from Lake Onalaska, about 5 hours north of Chicago in Wisconsin.

Download the sheet music here.

Cello Cover of Punjabi bhangra tune Mitran De Boot

1 Jan

Happy New Year!  I did a bunch of transcriptions of bhangra songs with the help of Music Compass, figuring out the instrumentation, and scale/mode used.  I’ll write more on this process later!  I arranged this tune by jazzyb and kaurb for cello:

 

 

Great Performance

2 Oct

What a great performance from Portishead. Live strings on stage.

The science behind the f-hole

22 Apr

http://www.openculture.com/2016/01/why-violins-have-f-holes-the-science-history-of-a-remarkable-renaissance-design.html

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