Saturday, October 10, 2020

Today I present my original composition, SAVANNAH.  I completed this piece in 1994 and scored it for African instruments.  Below is a screenshot of the title page from the printed score:

 In 1994 I was hired to compose a theme for a college telecourse titled, THE AFRICANS.  This is a remix of the low fidelity original, using samples of genuine African instruments!

Drums:

ashiko
kpanlogos
bourarabou
djembe
dondo

Winds:

mijwiz
arghul

Strings:

kora
ngoni

Other Percussion:

balafon
gyil
kalimbas
mbira
sistrum

Synthesizer

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SAVANNAH, Copyright©1994 DamonMusic by Sean Damon Rohde. All rights reserved

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Today I present my original composition, ARABESQUE.  I completed this piece in 2003 and scored it for piano.  Below is a screenshot of the title page from the autograph score:


This is another of my compositions for piano.

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ARABESQUE, Copyright©2003 DamonMusic by Sean Damon Rohde. All rights reserved

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Today I present my original composition, THE RINGS OF SATURN.  I completed this piece in 2018 and scored it for synthesizers.  Below is a screenshot of the title page from the autograph score:


I composed this music as a Christmas gift for my family.  Given its unearthly sound, I felt a title such as that on which I settled was fitting.

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THE RINGS OF SATURN, Copyright©2018 DamonMusic by Sean Damon Rohde. All rights reserved

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Today I present my original composition, MOTHER AND CHILD.  I completed this piece in 2020 and scored it for soprano (mother), soprano (child), and piano.  Below is a screenshot of the title page from the autograph score:


As one who lost Mother early in life, the subject of this most special relationship has always been of heightened importance for me.  While my own memories of Mother are precious and few, I hope that those who listen while reading my father’s inspired words will find renewed appreciation for she who bore thee.

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MOTHER AND CHILD, Copyright©2020 DamonMusic by Sean Damon Rohde. All rights reserved

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Today I present my original composition, A KISS FROM BROTHER.  I completed this piece in 1989 and scored it for violin, celesta, and synthesizer.  Below is a screenshot of the title page from the autograph score:


This is a lullaby I wrote for my beloved sister.

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A KISS FROM BROTHER, Copyright©1989 DamonMusic by Sean Damon Rohde.  All rights reserved

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Today I present my original composition, DIRGE.  I completed this song in 2019 and scored it for soprano and guitar.  Below is a screenshot of the title page from the autograph score:


This song for soprano voice and guitar is another of my atonal efforts.  A setting of one of my father’s poems, I try to do justice to the ideas and sentiments expressed in these haunting words through use of totally unrelated harmonic progression.  Notice that although the guitar and voice are not bound in harmony, they do share theme and motive.

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DIRGE, Copyright©2019 DamonMusic by Sean Damon Rohde.  All rights reserved
Today I present my original composition, APPLESEED JOHN.  I completed this piece in 2001 and scored it for French horn (John), piano, string quartet, harmonica, banjo, steel-string acoustic guitar, and full choir.  Below is a screenshot of the title page from the autograph score:


Appleseed John is another of my secular cantatas.  Again set to my father’s words, this piece tells the story of John Chapman “Johnny Appleseed”; an American folk hero from the early 19th century.  This highly condensed tale seeks to illuminate some of John’s most enduring qualities.  Musically, I strove for a rather quaint “American” sound that would be in keeping with the man, his time, and place.


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APPLESEED JOHN, Copyright©2001 DamonMusic by Sean Damon Rohde.  All rights reserved