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Bright Sun

Adapted from a Serbian folk song.

The sound file was generated with software as a demo.

Comments always welcome.

Score and audio file attached.

Score and audio file also at MuseScore Bright Sun.

Audio file only at SoundCloud Bright Sun.

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Please note that while this composition is based on a traditional song in the public domain, my arrangement of it is an original creative work under copyright. You may feel free to share or link to it by the usual means. For performance permission, please see my permissions page.

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Hi Jon,

In noting your posts over the years, I find myself asking if there is a book in there somewhere, by which I mean you often supply a great deal of historical context to your arrangements, and I wonder if somehow this could be could all gathered together and presented as a whole. Not sure what the theme might be, but it is a distinct feeling I have had more than once in going over your works -

Gav

Thanks for the reply and the suggestion. 

Many of my compositions are adapted from the great treasure store of older texts, dating back at least to the late 18th century and in a few cases back to the Renaissance, recently made available in online form at such sites as Google Books and archive.org.  My understanding (with the usual disclaimer that I Am Not A Lawyer) is that since almost all such texts were printed before 1924, they are in the public domain, at least in the United States.  Most of the historical and musicological context I put in my scores as program notes is taken from such texts.

This causes a problem for me in getting performed, since there is a prejudice against "arrangements."  I think a lot of people when they hear "arrangements" think of "pop" compositions like "Classic Movie Themes" or "Fab Beatles Hits."  That's not at all what I'm trying to do.  I work in a tradition as old as post-Renaissance European music itself, modelling my work (to compare small things with great) on such classic compositions as Haydn's Scottish and Welsh songs, Beethoven's Scottish songs, Tchaikovsky's Fifty Russian Folk Songs, or Brahms Hungarian Dances, or longer works which partially incorporate folk songs like some compositions of Charles Ives or Copland's Billy the Kid.  Such compositions are not usually sniffily dismissed as mere "arrangements," yet I have to pass up many the many calls for scores which stipulate "Eew, we don't want any arrangements <shrieik!>" no matter how emphatically claim that my compositions aren't.

But back to the point, the idea of putting together some of my compositions together with descriptions of their context hasn't occurred to me before.  I don't immediately have a clear idea of how to unify such a work, but I'll think about it, and I'm grateful for the suggestion.


Gav Brown said:

Hi Jon,

In noting your posts over the years, I find myself asking if there is a book in there somewhere, by which I mean you often supply a great deal of historical context to your arrangements, and I wonder if somehow this could be could all gathered together and presented as a whole. Not sure what the theme might be, but it is a distinct feeling I have had more than once in going over your works -

Gav

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