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Original MIDI Compositions

You will find my tastes in music similar to my other tastes - not universal but eclectic. My favorite styles are classical, jazz, and new age. My original MIDI compositions located here follow the same mold - a little of everything. They range from MIDI transcriptions of concert band pieces composed while in college to recent works done completely in MIDI. One piece, originally composed for my sister's accordion and later transposed for concert band, even harks back to high school days. You are welcome to download and listen to my efforts, and I would appreciate any comments you may have via E-Mail. To hear these GM/GS MIDI files the way I intended them, you will need at least an AWE-32 Wave Synthesis card with your multi-media control panel settings set to MIDI Mapper with 16 channels of MIDI synthesis.

Note: All files are in compressed ZIP format and include a text file with notes about the music

Fuego Espagnole - originally composed as a light classical accordion solo for my sister while I was in high school.  I orchestrated it for concert band a few years later while attending college, and I recently transcribed it to GM MIDI while making a few slight changes.
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Angkor Suite - a four part classical suite intended to evoke the great jungle city of Angkor Thom and its temple, Angkor Wat, in Cambodia. I had always been fascinated by the discovery of this lost city with its fabulous scupltured facades, which had been totally engulfed by the jungle vegetation and forgotten, along with the Khmer civilization which had constructed it.
  • Part 1 - slow 5/4 time, evoking gentle morning rain in the jungle as the city awakes.
  • Part 2 - festival celebration and dance.
  • Part 3 - quiet temple scene at Angkor Wat.
  • Part 4 - royal procession and parade.
This piece was composed for concert band while I was in college. I transcribed all the music from the score and conducted two parts of the suite at a public concert of the Hagerstown Municipal Band, of which I had been a long-time member. I was able to hear the complete instrumentation only within the last year when I transcribed the score with minor changes to GM MIDI for playback on an AWE-32 wave synthesizer card, 35 years after the premiere.
HMB March - Composed while I attended college, this march honors the Hagerstown Municipal Band, which played in the city park every summer Sunday after only two short rehearsals of each new program. I was a bit of a prodigy as a clarinet player, being invited to play with the best high school band students in a tri-State Band at Martinsburg, West Virginia, while still in elementary school. By the time I had reached seventh grade, I was able to join the professional Municipal Band of Hagerstown, Maryland. I believe I was the youngest member of the Musician's Union in town. The conductor of the band at that time, Dr. Peter Buys, had played in the Sousa band under John Philip Sousa himself. I felt extremely proud to be linked, even tenuously, to that glorious legacy of American band music.
Chorale 1 - This is a short chorale for organ with four voices but no words.
McDonogh March - My high school was McDonogh School in McDonogh, Maryland, near Baltimore. At the time I attended, it was an all-male semi-military academy with daily schedules controlled by bugle calls. The cadet corps included a cavalry troop with about 60 horses and a marching band. The school Alma Mater used the music from Finlandia, by Sibelius, and you will hear it quoted here with trotting sounds in the background. I also quoted a few snippets of High School Cadets by Sousa and a Prussian March, Old Comrades. The drum solo was an actual riff used by our band when marching to meals. The bugle call is, I believe, original, but evokes the buglers who controlled our lives.
Movement 1
Movement 2
Movement 3
Movement 4
Eulogy for the Age of Reason - A Sinfonia in 4 Movements - Funereal music with a new-age flavor. This is my first attempt at writing for a symphonic string orchestra.
  • Movement 1 - Dirge
  • Movement 2 - Scherzo
  • Movement 3 - Air
  • Movement 4 - Fugue
The first movement has a repeated falling tone sequence that is very reminiscent of BladeRunner by Vangelis, but I only became consciously aware of that after I had completed it. I guess we need to coin a new word for subconscious plagiarism. After listening to music for a lifetime, I guess it is nearly impossible to avoid copying something. I suppose the 12-tone row was an attempt to insure that music was not derivative of the past, but it's a completely unsatisfactory solution in my opinion.
Reflections - quiet and reflective duet for guitar and recorder. If you can hear background music with your browser and computer, this is the selection you are hearing.
dboogie - Piano Boogie-Woogie just for fun
Variations on an Original Theme - Theme and variations for piano
Movement 1
Movement 2
Movement 3
Movement 4
Celtic Serenade - My favorite, so far - A four part serenade for Symphony Orchestra with a Celtic Flavor.
  • Movement 1 - Evocation of Past Glories
  • Movement 2 - Festive Airs
  • Movement 3 - Lullaby of the Loch
  • Movement 4 - Celebration of Life
Sonatina in F Major - A short piano solo
March - Star of the East - A short march for concert band that reminds me of the circus parades in the big tent with oriental themes
Song of the Sullivans - A ballad scored for symphony and synthesizers that pays homage to the Irish portion of my family tree
Oktoberfest March - A march with a Bavarian flavor for the German branch of my family tree
Lee's Song - A melancholy ballad for cello and piano written after the death of my friend Lee, who was best man at my wedding
Beach Bunnies - A short piece with a calypso flavor written in 7/8 time
Invention 1 - A short piano piece in 3/8 time, written around 1962 as an exercise for a college course, a two part invention ala Bach
Folk Dance - A short piece written around 1962 as an exercise for a college course, a Folk Dance for dulcimer, brass, and strings
Woodwind Quartet - A short piece written around 1962 as an exercise for a college course, a quartet for clarinet, oboe, flute, and bassoon
The Y Files - A short piece written around 1962 as an exercise for a college course, a string piece that sounds like background music for something like the X Files, only weirder
Chorale 2 - A short organ chorale written for a college composition class circa 1962.
Prelude and Allegro - A short piece for Concert Band written for a college composition class circa 1962, more to please my professor than me. It is filled with short chromatic intervals.
Invention 2 - A two part invention for oboe and bass clarinet, started for a college composition class circa 1962 and finished in December of 1997.
Invention 3 - A two part invention for piano, started for a college composition class circa 1962 and finished in December of 1997.
Invention 4 - Another two part invention for piano, started for a college composition class circa 1962 and finished in December of 1997.
Etude for Strings - A short piece for pizzicato and bowed strings, started for a college composition class circa 1962 and finished in December of 1997.
Cakewalk - A short piece for piano, started for a college composition class circa 1962 and finished in December of 1997.
Movement 1
Movement 2
Movement 3
Intersections - A short piece in three movements in which the modern intersects with the medieval, marches through romanticism, and returns to the modern with a spaced-out waltz - finished in January of 1998.
Andante - A short piece for strings and oboe started for a college composition class circa 1962 and finished in January of 1998.
Little Spanish Waltz - A short piece using the GS bank-switdhing capability in the newest version of QuickScore to get the castanet sound - will sound strange on GM card or FM synthesis. Completed July 1998.
Ballad of the White Rose - An attempt at a more popular, less classical style, ballad. Completed July 1998.
Elegy and Dance - A medieval style slow movement preceding a lively dance - uses mandolins, oboes, and cellos with toms. Completed July 1998.
An American Fantasy - An Ivesian musical fantasy with snippets of many patriotic American and British tunes merged and metamorphosed. Completed July 1998.

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