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August Champlin's Discussions

A Dawn Never Ending

Started this discussion. Last reply by August Champlin Dec 6, 2015. 2 Replies

Tinges of Indigo

Started this discussion. Last reply by August Champlin Oct 23, 2015. 6 Replies

The Dance of the Yao People (Arranged by August Champlin)

Started this discussion. Last reply by August Champlin Nov 6, 2013. 2 Replies


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At 9:22am on July 5, 2016, Larry Elliott said…

Greetings August,

Your music has some very nice qualities. Thanks for sharing.

Very best,

Larry Elliott

At 10:21pm on December 6, 2015, Slava Fiks said…

Glad you found time to listen to that!

At 5:01pm on March 10, 2013, michael diemer said…

Thanks August for the feedback on Skating. I've been trying to "humanize" it. Much of the feedback I've gotten on this and other forums, is that it sounds too computerized. Being rather complex, this is proving to be quite a process. I'm torn between spending time doing that, and working on other things to post. I'm leaning toward the latter, as I can always go back later and try to perfect the earlier posts. So hopefully you will see something else relatively soon!



At 3:40pm on July 1, 2012, Olmnilnlolm said…

On June 16, you wrote, " I was just listening to your music. I especially enjoyed listening to Quantum Concatenations. It is unified and coherent, yet it occupies a musical territory of its own."

I wanted to reply to you earlier, but I was out of town for a while, and then very busy until recently.

Thank you very much for your generous assessment of Quantum Concatenations.    

Given your musical sophistication and overall experience, I take it as a very high compliment.   

I liked what you said to Bruce Baldwin in one of your replies  to comments:

"Thanks for the comment, Bruch! Yeah, I was worried about one of the motives sounding too similar Bartok. I even asked my composition instructor if I was getting a little too close to Bartok, especially in the anguished descending motive; however, he generously framed it as an allusion. :)"

I am not sure anyone can get "too close to Bartok" today, in overall style.  Some musicologists say that there is something almost "syntactically Hungarian," is his idiom, so unless you speak fluent Hungarian, and think in Hungarian, you are unlikely to fall into an imitation trap.  

I was re-reading a section from McHard's book on the Philosophy of Modern Music, and he admonishes modern composers, citing  Iannis Xenakis and Julio Estrada as exemplars; and tells us, we should always do something new, different and original in each work.

That will keep us from imitating Bartok or anyone else, if it is a special worry.

Here is a "spectral view" of Xenakis' "Metastasis," if you haven't heard it yet, or are looking for inspiration.

Iannis Xenakis - Metastasis (Spectral View)

Thanks again, for your encouragement.


At 9:23am on June 22, 2012, Bruce Baldwin said…
Thanks again, August - I've done a few videos but none I'm quite as proud of yet! I learned a lot making that one. I'll never forget the crazy looks I got from people while filming empty picture frames at the beach! We have plans to make at least a couple more videos to promote the Ascent CD.
At 5:47pm on June 19, 2012, Bruce Baldwin said…
Thanks also for your comments on the video, August. Yes, I did all that editing in Adobe Premiere.... A huge but rewarding task!
At 5:28am on June 11, 2012, Gav Brown said…

Thanks for your comment about Sunshiny Day! More to come!

At 12:15pm on May 6, 2012, Chris Dargay said…

Aves is thoroughly enjoyable!  Thanx 4 sharing.

At 11:42am on May 6, 2012, Fredrick zinos said…

Thank you ver much for your comments. I only wish I had your skill and talent.

At 10:22am on September 4, 2011, Paulo cesar Maia de Aguiar (Br) said…
Amaizng music

Profile Information

What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Songs, film
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Classical & Jazz
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
My goal:
To harmonize with God's creation song.

How It All Started
Probably unbeknownst to him, my brother is responsible for awakening in me the desire to compose music. While attending college, he took an elective course in music history. Afterwards, he left his textbook on the floor to ceiling bookcase that covered one wall of my childhood bedroom.

The third edition of Donald J. Grout's History of Western Music came adorned with a handsomely illustrated jacket featuring artfully lit photographs of a French horn and violin. Intrigued by the beautiful images adorning its jacket, I removed the book from the shelf and began reading about the luminaries of Western music: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms...

My readings led me to subscribe to classical CD clubs through BMG and other providers. Through them I began to amass a collection of critically acclaimed recordings. Soon I found myself taking piano lessons, singing in my school choir, and eventually majoring in music in college. Although my talents were modest, my passion was ardent. My ambition, however, was singular. I wanted to compose music and have it performed by professionals before an appreciative audience.

Unfortunately, my dream seemed larger than my musical endowment. My earliest compositions, written in high school, qualify as amusing juvenilia. The work I did in college rose to the level of sophomoric.

Nothing much improved until I volunteered as the pianist at a small local church. By using my admittedly modest talents to glorify God and edify others, I found that God multiplied these talents before my eyes. I began to play better than I had when studying under classically-trained concert pianists. My ear seemed to open, and I could hear chord progressions in my head and play them on the piano. In appreciation, I began to write music for God’s glory. Suddenly, people began to say good things about the music I wrote. But that wasn’t the only change.

The process of composition I had followed up till then was one of calculated contrivance. With my newfound spiritual focus in music making, composition became a natural outpouring of a heart open to the beauty and love of knowing God and being called into an intimate relationship of sonship with Him. Music for me became the natural expression of a heart in love, overflowing with praise and worship to God.

August Champlin's Blog

The Angst of Selecting a Virtual String Orchestra: DVZ vs. VSL?

Posted on May 30, 2011 at 2:15am 6 Comments

From my first attempt to compose music in the early 90's using my 486, Finale, and my computer's internal sound card (mistake!), it has been my dream to have at my disposal a realistic virtual orchestra.


When the Garritan Personal Orchestra came out, I thought my dreams had come true. And for a while, it seemed that Gary Garritan had solved the world's most pressing problems and ushered in a new era of world peace, sending beauty pageant contestants on a desperate scramble to…


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The Rose of Sharon

Each day I worked on this piece, I sat at the keyboard, prayed that my thoughts would be in synchronicity with the movings of the Spirit, and worshipped while composing. I often felt distinctly impressed, while working on it, to proceed in a certain direction, when my natural inclination was to go in another direction. The resulting work is probably my strongest, but I'm not sure I can take full credit for it. Perhaps it is better to say that it was… Continue

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August Champlin posted a video

Fantasia on We Three Kings

In the Fall of 2010, I joined the William Chunestudy Men's Chorus as a second tenor. When Dr. William Chunestudy told the choir that he was looking for new a...
Dec 17, 2016
Larry Elliott left a comment for August Champlin
"Greetings August, Your music has some very nice qualities. Thanks for sharing. Very best, Larry Elliott"
Jul 5, 2016
Slava Fiks left a comment for August Champlin
"Glad you found time to listen to that! ☺"
Dec 6, 2015
August Champlin commented on August Champlin's video

A Dawn Never Ending

"Thank you, Slava. I appreciate your comment."
Dec 6, 2015
Slava Fiks commented on August Champlin's video

A Dawn Never Ending

"Beautifully done, August! Thank you for sharing. Slava"
Dec 6, 2015
August Champlin replied to August Champlin's discussion A Dawn Never Ending
"Thank you, Tyler, for your feedback! It's interesting that you wished for more polyphonic sections in the piece, because in listening to it, so did I. It's a bit too homophonic for too long, perhaps because I originally conceived it in…"
Dec 6, 2015
Tyler Hughes replied to August Champlin's discussion A Dawn Never Ending
"Really liked the harmonic language and the text setting was very nicely done. Wished there were more polyphonic sections but the homophony was well written.  Two things I would suggest: One: Notationally dynamics and tempo markings go above the…"
Dec 6, 2015
August Champlin posted a discussion

A Dawn Never Ending

I have been working on A Dawn Never Ending since the 1990s. It has gone through multiple revisions and at least seven stable versions that I thought I was happy with until I felt the urge to revise them for various reasons. I submit this piece and ask for feedback, particularly on the ending. Does it work? The score and music are attached. For those who would prefer, I have also uploaded a video to YouTube and provided a link to it below. It will have better sound than the MP3 I have attached.…See More
Dec 6, 2015
August Champlin posted a video

A Dawn Never Ending

I started working on A Dawn Never Ending in university. It was the 1990's, and the piece was much simpler then. A friend of mine conducted the premiere of th...
Dec 6, 2015
August Champlin replied to August Champlin's discussion Tinges of Indigo
"Hi, Socrates! Thanks for the feedback, and I'm glad that you got infected by the piece. :)  --August"
Oct 23, 2015
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to August Champlin's discussion Tinges of Indigo
"Lovely mood, lovely piece. Yes, I got infected. thanks for sharing."
Oct 21, 2015
August Champlin replied to August Champlin's discussion Tinges of Indigo
"Thanks for the honest feedback. It's useful to hear how others hear my work with synthesizers. I do not pretend to be a master at obtaining realistic performances from sample libraries, and I am always impressed by those who manage to come…"
Oct 21, 2015
Bob Porter replied to August Champlin's discussion Tinges of Indigo
"I listened to a few pieces on your page. Very nice music. I feel that they could use some work expression wise. The "Adoramus", for example, could use some swells and ritards in the opening statements. All doable in Sibelius.This is not…"
Oct 19, 2015
August Champlin replied to August Champlin's discussion Tinges of Indigo
"Hi, Bob! You're absolutely right. A live performance would be better, and I should have done this; however, I did not feel my pianistic skills were up to the task, but you raise a valid point."
Oct 19, 2015
Bob Porter replied to August Champlin's discussion Tinges of Indigo
"August, If you are a piano player, I would really like to hear a live, expressive version of this. It seems like a lovely piece that needs a human touch. It could be done in Sibelius, but it is much less intuitive."
Oct 18, 2015
August Champlin posted a discussion

Tinges for Indigo

As I look back over my work as a composer, I note how many of my compositions were inspired by love, by romance. The youthful enthusiasms that inspired these outpourings have now faded into memory, but the songs remain a testament to a search now ended. For when my eyes, by the grace of God, first fell on Neribel all my former striving ceased. Considering what gift to give Neribel for our one-year anniversary as husband and wife, I decided it was time to express what words alone could not…See More
Oct 18, 2015

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