No, nothing that I wrote on here. Not yet anyways, but that is in the works, and will hopefully come around in the near future! 🙂
But as for my music, HoneyRock Publications (who publish percussion literature) wants to publish my arrangement of Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” for Marimba and Vibraphone!
If you haven’t seen the video before of my friend Ryan and I performing the piece on our Junior Percussion Recital and would like to see it, here it is:
It’s cool how the whole thing happened. “Clair de Lune” is one of my all time favorite pieces of music, and I thought it would be a great addition to our recital last year, so I arranged it. We got to perform the piece at school, as well as in a concert down in Costa Rica last Spring Break, which was really exciting!
As you can see above, the video was posted on YouTube, and I started to get some inquiries from other players who wanted to purchase the piece so that they could play it as well. I started to sell the piece online, and people would pay me via my PayPal. I told one of my percussion professor’s that I was doing this, and he told me that I should contact HoneyRock and see if they’d be interested in publishing the piece. I kinda/sort of worked with HoneyRock in the past with a piece of music that one of my professors wrote, called “Mirror Images.” It was a Vibraphone solo with Tape accompaniment, and he wanted to rearrange the piece for Vibraphone Solo with Percussion Ensemble. I have been arranging and rewriting music for my percussion professors since I came to West Chester, so my professor asked me if I’d like to help him out, and help him figure out how to arrange the electronic sounds into percussion instruments, and then notate it all in the music notation software Sibelius, since I’m handy with that program.
If you’d like to see the piece (with tape, not percussion ensemble), you can view that here:
HoneyRock was very pleased with the work we did on the piece, and I get a mention in the new publication of the piece.
So anyway, that’s how I sort of worked with HoneyRock before, and I’ve purchased several of their pieces myself, and am playing one on my senior recital next month. (Video to come next month) I went to their website to figure out how to contact them, and it said:
[ 1/1/2011 – Please note – at this time, we are not accepting new submissions. ]
Please note: generally, we do not seek transcriptions of pop/classical pieces, arranged for percussion instruments;
nor marching percussion features.
So I thought, “Well darn, my piece is a transcription, and they’re not accepting anything new.” But then I figured, eh, what the heck, that I have nothing to lose! So I contacted them anyway. I explained who I was, the work I had done before with “Mirror Images,” and sent the video of my performance. I got a response the next night, and the guy loved it! He told me he wanted to get in touch with me and asked me to call him the next morning (which was this morning). I called him, and he told me that he was looking forward to my call all morning! He told me that they normally don’t accept transcriptions, but that the loves “Clair de Lune” and really liked my arrangement. He then asked me what other music I was working on, because he said that everyone they publish, they like to have them publish more music for them in the future. And that’s great! Because now I have a reason to finish other arrangements I’ve been working on! He then went on to ask me if I’d be interested in arranging Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” for either two marimbas or for marimba and vibraphone! So if I do a good job with that, I may get that published as well!
Now, I most-likely will not make a ton of money off of these pieces, but it’s still a great resume booster, and this company sells percussion literature all over the world. So it will get my name and my music out to the music world around the world, so that’s a big bonus!
So that’s my exciting news! I wasn’t ever planning on being published, but now it looks like I’ll have a relationship with this company and be able to more works published in the future! Thanks everyone who supported me and wished me luck! God bless!