Aere's Orchestral Music

In my late teens, I was busily composing piano music, writing what I was able to play on the piano.

But I had a dream of composing music for symphony orchestra. It’s probably to be expected, where my musical idols were Brahms and Beethoven, and I loved their symphonies so much.

To that end, I studied my band director’s orchestration book, and started (13 pages worth) writing the score of my very own symphony.

That dream faded, as I gained life experience, realizing that writing the music down – however legibly, didn’t mean it would ever be played.

So I worked more on performing my music, first on piano, but later on a Roland D20 synthesizer, and later a Yamaha S90-es synthesizer. This worked well for carefully crafted, layered-parts music, recorded using a sequence editor.

But there was no way I could perform it live – too many simultaneous parts!

To give me a way of performing my orchestral ideas live, I invented my own musical instrument (a type of synthesizer), called the KeyMusician Keyboard. This allowed me to perform live, first as a soloist, then in duets with my spouse.

But however impressive that can be, there is a limit to what two people can do performing live.

During the corona-virus pandemic, when live performances stopped, I started looking at other ways of getting my music to the public.

In this process, I came to realize with today’s faster computers and advanced music software, it not only possible to write a musical score for a symyhony and print out the score and parts, but that the computer can even do a reasonable rendition of the written music.

So my dream of composing music for symphony orchestra was back on again.

Where I am mostly a Linux user, I use MuseScore for my symphonic creations.

Here is a picture of the window, with my Symphonic Poem #5 loaded into it:

It allows me to enter the notes, as I conceive them in my head, and play it back any time. If I click on a note, it plays the note. I can drag a note up or down to adjust its pitch. And I can keep adding parts – even to where it constitutes a full symphony orchestra or concert band.

And I can hear it any time, just by clicking the “Play” button.

I composed my “Symphonic Poem # 1” on MuseScore, as a proof-of-concept experiment, which turned out so well, this has become my main way of composing music, at present.

I have done orchestrations of my compositions done earlier on piano or synthesizer, as well as original compositions for orchestra.

I have also orchestrated a few Brahms intermezzos for woodwind ensembles.

All of the music for these pieces (score, and parts) is available for a modest price, on Sheet Music Plus – just search for:

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So now you know about my new musical endeavors, you can listen to the music I created using that way, by clicking on the links below:

Aere's Original Compositions for Orchestra

Aere's Orchestrations Of Other People's Music

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