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New Music

As most readers of my blog know, I am distributing my compositions and arrangements via SheetMusicPlus Digital. It’s kind of like an Amazon Kindle author self-publishing service for composers & arrangers. They recently made arrangements with the rights holders of nearly 1,000 copyrighted songs to allow someone like me to make arrangements of those songs, without having to get permission. SheetMusicPlus collects payments for the copyright owner. I took advantage of the beta testing phase and tried my hand at 5 different titles. In the month or two they have been available, sadly only two titles have sold, but I’m hopeful as time goes by more people will find out about them and more will sell. The publisher sets the price based on the instrumentation.

You can view all the pieces I have available at my Music Catalog

In alphabetical order.

Awesome God is a handbell arrangement of what is typically a ‘praise’ chorus sung by congregations. Here’s a demo:

https://youtu.be/TJ5htotisr8

Billie Jean, the Michael Jackson hit, arranged in a quasi-classical style for orchestra. I think this would be a great hit with a high-school, college or community orchestra.

https://youtu.be/y5OaNh4d4h4

Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) is the most unique. I told someone about the beta test and they suggested this song. I asked them what instruments I should arrange it for. They said Mandolin, Cello and Drums. So I did. Surprisingly, this was the first arrangement purchased. If I could set the price I’d set it at about half of what it is.

https://youtu.be/rMxNmDEK3DA

The Lord’s Prayer. The traditional Malotte setting. I’ve never seen this arranged for anything but 3 octave handbell choir so I did a 5-octave title.

https://youtu.be/P2WExEQ36os

Sound of Silence. The very popular Simon and Garfunkel piece from the 1960’s. I’ve never found a piano arrangement of this that had any sort of “wow” factor. I’ve tried to add some elements that a piano player will like to play.

https://youtu.be/WU4OOBUcxBE

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I Loved It

What’s the Monty Python saying? “And now for something completely different?”

Cover art from the album
Cover art from the album

Introducing our 8th album to be released – “I Loved It”.  This album is quite a departure from our previous albums. This album is an EDM (Electronic Dance Music), dance and related styles album. The titles are very upbeat, danceable tunes.  Most of them are extended length tracks with a few being 7 minutes or longer. Track list:

  • I Loved It
  • Crashing My Party
  • Maybe Call Me
  • Best Songs (inspired by Bach’s Airoso)
  • Just The Kiss
  • Treasures
  • Rising To Me
  • I Can Wait
  • I Needed Your Love

Listen to a sample of all titles on Soundcloud here

The full album can be listened to on Spotify and other streaming services. It is available for purchase at my CD-Baby page

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A New Old Christmas album now available

My new album A New Old Christmas is now available. See my previous post for additional details.

The album consists of familiar carols and holiday favorites set in some new ways. It contains a variety of styles so there is sure to have titles that everyone will like. This would be a good album for the family to pop into the CD player or a new tablet or sound system on Christmas and enjoy.

This album is a full-blown CD available in digital format and in physical format. It is available now on CD Baby. It will also be available on Amazon, iTunes and more. It can also be listened to on Spotify, Rhapsody and other music streaming sites.

Please let everyone you known as well as friends and family about the album. I could use all the help I can get to publicize this album. The album contents:

  • Christmas Meditation
  • Away In A Manger
  • O Come, O Come Emmanuel
  • Jingle Bells
  • A Classical Christmas Piece
  • Joy To The World
  • What Child Is This
  • Christmas Medley
  • We Wish You A Merry Christmas
  • About the making of We Wish You A Merry Christmas
  • Christmas Medley Electronic version (Bonus)

Latest additions to the catalog

New additions

We’ve added a few new titles to the website recently. They are two Organ Hymn Accompaniments, an Instrumental Solo with piano and optional rhythm section and strings as well as a String Quartet piece.

Update: While not discussed below, we’ve also added two settings of The Star Spangled Banner, one for Strings, one for Woodwinds. We’ve also added a setting of Amazing Grace for Trumpet Trio.

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It Is Well

This piece is a transcription of the jazzy recording available in our catalog. It Is Well (hymn tune: VILLE DU HAVRE) is a very popular tune. This setting is for solo instrument with Strings (Violin and Cello), String reduction included, Guitar, Piano, Electric Bass, Drums and optional Tenor Saxophone. Parts are provided for C, Bb, Eb, F, and Alto Clef instruments. The following instruments would work well with this piece: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Trumpet, French Horn, Violin, Viola, Alto Saxophone or Tenor Saxophone. Usage: Prelude, Offertory, Postlude, Church or Educational. Arranger: Sterling J. Roberts

RESIGNATION

An alternate harmonization free improvisation of this hymn for Organ. This hymn tune is also known as My Shepherd Will Supply My Need. For use with congregational singing.

IN BABILONE

An alternate harmonization free improvisation of this hymn for Organ. This tune is known under the titles Hail Thou Once Despised Jesus and See The Conqueror Mounts In Triumph. For use with congregational singing.

The Snow Lay On The Ground

It may be a bit early to be thinking of Christmas music but you now have no excuse for not having enough time to practice! Get your string quartet together and get started on this piece. For String Quartet (Violin 1 – Violin 2 – Viola – Cello). This setting of the traditional Christmas piece makes for an excellent Christmas Eve piece or for any time during Advent or Christmas. Usage: Christmas Advent Church. Arranger: Annabelle Marie Edwards

New Album on Google Music

Selections From JamesGilbertMusic, Volume 1

This new album is now available on Google Music. The individual tracks are also available at the website.

Contents

  • Chord Flavors
  • Going Around In Circles
  • Dr. Jekyl
  • Just Over There
  • Just The Way It Is
  • Missiles Of October
  • Not Here
  • Path To Nowhere
  • Focused Unreality
  • Run Away From The Island
  • Skanner Demo (free track)
  • The Cat

This album is a variety of ambient, electronic, 20/21st century cinematic and a few that don’t fit a category so neatly. Hope you enjoy it and we’d love to hear feedback about the album.