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August Champlin's Discussions

Land of the Morning Calm (A Symphonic Homage to Korea)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joost Visser Sep 11, 2020. 3 Replies

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


Welcome, August Champlin!


  • 1.
    Tinges of Indigo
  • 2.
    Aves Orientalis I
  • 3.
    Aves Orientalis II
  • 4.
    Aves Orientalis III
  • 5.
    Adoramus Te
  • 6.
    The Rose of Sharon
  • 7.
    A Dawn Never Ending
  • 8.
    Rhapsody Espanole
  • 9.
    We Three Kings
  • 10.
    Introit: Give Thanks
  • 11.
    Canzona for Strings
  • 12.
    Dragonflies in the Wind
  • 13.
  • 14.
  • 15.
    Taste of Desire

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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 10:22am on September 4, 2011, Paulo cesar Maia de Aguiar (Br) said…
Amaizng music
At 10:38am on July 8, 2011, Charles Mazarakes said…

Beautiful music August. Love your choral work.


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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.
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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…


About Each Composition

Posted on June 19, 2009 at 4:00am 0 Comments

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 replied to Joost Visser's discussion Chorale
"Hi Joost, I just had the opportunity to listen to your chorale. First of all, it has a magisterial quality, a regal beauty and spirituality that I quite enjoyed. It does participate in the Nimrod vibe; however, it is a lovely piece. Since you…"
Sep 12, 2020
Joost Visser replied to August Champlin's discussion Land of the Morning Calm (A Symphonic Homage to Korea)
"Thanks, checking it out as I write..."
Sep 11, 2020
August Champlin replied to August Champlin's discussion Land of the Morning Calm (A Symphonic Homage to Korea)
"Thank you, Joost, for your thoughtful feedback. I think you’re probably right about the ending. I’ll have to reconsider that. The problem is that I kind of like it. I tried alternate endings but they felt fake. Perhaps I can find a…"
Sep 11, 2020
Joost Visser replied to August Champlin's discussion Land of the Morning Calm (A Symphonic Homage to Korea)
"Wow! Stunning! So well done!Excellent orchestration, very colorful, your story helps to imagine what’s going on. I lived in China a few years and I’ve been all over Asia in the last 30 years so I can relate to your work easy. Between…"
Sep 11, 2020
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Land of the Morning Calm (A Symphonic Homage to Korea)

Hi All,I composed Land of the Morning Calm as an homage to South Korea, where I lived and worked for six and a half years. I conceived of it as possibly either a symphonic poem or one-act ballet. While I hope it stands alone as "absolute music," I did have programmatic ideas in mind as I composed it, mostly visuals of places or experiences I had in Korea. Subsequently, I devised a storyline for the symphonic poem, focusing on an elderly Mr. Kim's last day on earth. He awakes at the sound of a…See More
Sep 11, 2020
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Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child (Avanna + EWQLSC)

Perhaps no performance has moved me more than Bessie Griffin's earth shattering rendition of the old African American Spiritual "Sometimes I Feel Like a Moth...
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