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What a Day That Will Be
The worst often strikes unexpectedly and finds us at a great loss, especially when it’s about losing forever someone we love. One can never be ready enough to face it but has to find somewhere the strengths to go on. For Jim Hill, the sickness of his mother-in-law was a turning point in his life, as a Christian and as a composer. Puzzling over the life’s injustice that hit his family, Jim tried to visualize a glorious day when everyone would be free from suffering. The lyrics of the song he drafted in a burst of inspiration on a random piece of cardboard turned into the hymn “What a Day That Will Be”. Hill’s emotional live performances of the song with the Golden Keys Quartet were always warmly met by the public. The perfectly captured comforting thought of a day “when God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying” made the song a Gospel music gem but most importantly – an encouraging anthem for many people in times of hardship. The composition caught on, filling human hearts and practice rooms. While today it’s available in various digital formats – downloadable PDF, printable score, with voice or as an instrumental solo – the piece is most often played on the piano, violin and guitar. We suggest checking out our interactive sheet music version of Jim Hill’s famed hymnal that can be instantly printed out for practicing.
Erik Satie’s Seductive Waltz Je Te Veux
A simple “I Want You” is the English title of Satie’s most romantic and instantly recognizable song “Je Te Veux”. This 3/4 time waltz is nothing like other works by the eccentric composer (generally much darker and somber in mood), but ironically, this cheery stand-out is his most popular composition to play. What also makes it unusual and attractive for the performers is an obvious dichotomy of the sentimental and nostalgic melody and the exotic lyrics by Henry Pacory – erotic and blatantly sensual. “May your body be mine, and may all my flesh be yours”, appeals the author romanticizing the past. Satie originally composed three score versions – voice and piano, brass orchestra and full orchestra. The sheet music for piano solo that is so loved today appeared much later and has an additional section after the 2nd chorus prolonging the beautiful melody and letting the listener fully taste the nostalgia feel. The piece is often performed on guitar, violin, flute, but the piano solo arrangement remains the top favorite. Feel free to download the PDF sheet music to Eric Satie’s melancholic waltz “Je Te Veux” in our catalogue and enjoy playing the timeless French classic.
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Concert for cymbals and chamber orchestra by the modern Belarusian composer Vladimir Kuryan. Performed by the Chamber Orchestra of Belarusian State Academy of Music, conductor Pyotr Vandilovsky. The soloist Veronica Praded is a laureate of the international competitions. Cameraman and director - Nikolay Shupilov.
Panayiotis Kokoras is an award-winning Greek composer and music innovator currently working at the University of North Texas. He has been a member of MusicaNeo community for 10 years now since 2010. Panayiotis studied music in Athens and York (classical guitar and composition), taught at the University of Thessaloniki for many years and additionally studied techniques like augmented reality, tactile and spatial sound, robotics, synesthesia before coming up with his unique concept of “holophony”, where each sound (‘phonos’) contributes to the synthesis of the total (‘holos’). Composer uses timbre as the major element of form in his instrumental and electroacoustic compositions. Composer’s creative work includes over 65 original works that were performed in over 600 concerts worldwide and selected over 130 times by the members of international juries. Those are various compositions from solos, orchestral and ensemble works to mixed form media and improvisation. You can download the sheet music by Panayiotis Kokoras at his personal site at MusicaNeo.
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