Charles B. Pyke

Composer and Arranger of Symphonic Music, Carols, Hymns, and Songs

 

 

 

(435) 755-7651

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SPECIALTIES -- COMPOSITIONS and ARRANGEMENTS:

 

Composition and Arrangement of Symphonic Music, Christmas Carols & Songs, Religious Hymns, Anthems, and Other Musical Genre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMPOSITIONS to be SCORED and PUBLISHED.  ALL LYRICS are by Charles Pyke:   Items are listed in reverse chronological order.

 

List of compositions completed, awaiting orchestration, scoring, and publication:

♫ Cheer Up!  The World is Full of Laughter:   Upbeat religious hymn, music and lyrics -- completed in 2006 and sung as tenor soloist in church.

Have Faith in the Lord;  Religious hymn, music and lyrics -- completed in 2004 and sung as baritone soloist in churches. 

♫ Come See the Baby:  Christmas Carol, music and lyrics completed 1979 and sung by choirs in churches.

Compositions, music and lyrics, produced for special events and other single occasions, not designed for general publication. 

List of compositions awaiting completion of music, orchestration, and/or lyrics, then scoring and publication:  **= see Composition Details below.

♫ The Birds in the Christmas Tree:  Christmas Song, music and lyrics, for vocal soloist, with small chorus of young children as birds.**

♫ Concerto #1 for Piano, Harpsichord, and Orchestra in e minor.

Rondo on Familiar Minor Themes for Piano and Orchestra.

Christmas Eve Bells:  Christmas Carol, music and lyrics, for choir and orchestra or instrumental ensemble.  

♫ The United States of America:  Patriotic anthem, music and lyrics, for vocal solo and / or choir.  (Lyrics, updated to present-day world situation, to be added.)

♫ Birthday Greetings:  Original melody in counterpoint with the well-known Happy Birthday to You, performed on piano, age 6, to a 1,000+ Sequoia National Park audience

Among the Giant Sequoias:  A Day in Sequoia National Park, for orchestra.  Sunrise, hike to waterfall, the waterfall, walk among the big trees, thunderstorm, and sunset.

[This work is not intended to imitate any other composition.  It was improvised on piano by Charles Pyke at age 6 -- before he ever heard the Grand Canyon Suite or An Alpine Symphony. ]

Musical arrangement, awaiting completion of the combination of musical selections, plus a dialogue, then scoring and publication:

The Nutcracker Ballet, Act 3:  "The Return Home."  Arrangement of Tchaikovsky's orchestral music, with addition of spoken lyrics (dialogue) written by Charles Pyke.

[See details in Nutcracker and Act 3,  three major sections below.]  **

List of compositions and arrangements in conceptual stage -- to be composed, orchestrated, scored, and published: 

♫ Concerto for Thunderstorm and Orchestra:  Impressionistic orchestral score woven around an actual recorded thunderstorm. 

Pictures at an Exhibition for Piano AND Orchestra:  Arrangement of Mussorgsky's original piano score, combined with the orchestrations by Ravel, plus others.

♫ Le Tombeau de Couperin for Piano AND Orchestra:  Arrangement all six movements of Ravel's original piano score, combined with Ravel's own orchestration.

American Suite  for Piano AND Orchestra:  Arrangement of Dvořak's original piano score, combined with Dvořak's own orchestration.

♫ Concerto #3 for Piano and Orchestra of Tchaikovsky, with Andante and Finale reconstructed by Taneyev Insertion of a 3rd Movement Scherzo, based upon Op. 72 #10.

♫ Carmen Concerto for Piano and Orchestra.  Arrangement of music from Bizet's opera, Carmen. 

Polonaise for Piano Solo:  Original music, composed in the style of Chopin.

♫ Hobgoblinera, a Habanera for Hobgoblins, for Piano and Chamber Orchestra.  Short ballet, especially appropriate for Halloween. 

♫ Quartet for Baroque Ensemble (recorder, baroque violin, viola da gamba, and harpsichord):  Original music, composed in the style of  Bach, Händel, and Telemann.

Preludes (24) for Piano Solo, each an original short composition in a different key, patterned after the style of a particular composer, from  Bach to Shostakovich.

♫ Symphony #1:  World's shortest symphony.

♫ Military Ballet:  Short patriotic ballet of Armed Forces men and women in uniforms, from 1775 to present:  marching in various formations to music by a military band.

♫ Concerto #2 for Piano, Harpsichord, and Orchestra in a minor.  

More than 300 additional melodies and symphonic fragments, awaiting integration into full-scale compositions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMPOSITIONAL CV:  MUSICAL EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE::  Items are listed in reverse chronological order.

 

Launch of  Symphonic Compositions, LLC,  2016, for professional composition and publishing of own original solo, orchestral, religious, and Christmas music, plus arrangements for piano AND orchestra of well-known piano OR orchestral compositions of major composers.

Judging piano performance in annual competitions of music students, 1985-1989.  

Extensive participation in musical productions, symphony orchestras, concert associations, and chamber music societies, 1976-2014. 

Composition and arrangements of classical music, religious hymns, Christmas Carols, and songs for piano, choir, vocal solos, and/or orchestra. 

Singing in school, church, and Federal Government choirs, as choir member and as soloist.

 

Arrangements and performances of numerous vocal harmonies and descants, plus piano accompaniments, for songs, hymns, and Christmas Carols.

School and university courses in harmony and music appreciation; piano lessons (12 years); courses in cello and string bass performance.

Began playing piano by ear at age 2 from listening to phonograph records and radio broadcasts of recitals, concerts, and recordings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MUSICAL TASTES, PREFERENCES, and COMPOSITIONAL PROCLIVITIES::

 

Charles B. Pyke was exposed to symphonic music as a very young child, and began to play by ear on the piano selections that he heard on the radio and on his phonograph.  His preferences in music were always symphonic in nature -- from Bach to Rachmaninoff -- often referred to as "classical music" (despite the fact that it is not limited to the Classical Era composers, such as Haydn, Mozart, and early Beethoven).       

Romantic Russians.  Mr. Pyke's especially favorite symphonic music has always been compositions from the late Romantic Era, especially those by the Russians.  His top five favorite composers, in decreasing order, are Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin, and Mussorgsky.  Mr. Pyke's compositions are mostly in the late Romantic style, with some Impressionism.  No Avant-Garde music! 

Weather, Environment, and Music.  Charles B. Pyke, is also a Meteorologist (Ph.D., UCLA, 1972) and an Environmental Scientist.  He is President / CEO of Environmental Science & Energy, Inc. Despite being the Principal Scientist of three active businesses, Mr. Pyke has always very eagerly desired to compose symphonic music, hymns, and Christmas Carols and Songs in his "spare time."  He has now launched another new company (his fourth active business), Symphonic Compositions, LLC.  Mr. Pyke, who dubs himself as a "Chuck of All Trades," has absolutely no plans to retire, at 100 or even 110. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOME COMPOSITION DETAILS:  The Nutcracker, Act 3,  and  The Birds in the Christmas Tree.

 

The Nutcracker.  Charles Pyke's favorite ballet is Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, which lasts only 80-90 minutes (most ballets are well over 2 hours in length).  Act 2 of the existing Nutcracker (depending upon the production) also leaves Clara and her Nutcracker Prince in the Land of Sweets, or starts them home in a small boat.  What happens along their way home? 

Act 3.  Charles Pyke is arranging and combining selections -- often with two or three themes in counterpoint, from Tchaikovsky's Ballets, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake, from his Opera, Evgeny Onegin, and from his Overture-Fantasia, Romeo and Juliet, to develop a 55-minute (give or take) Act 3 to The Nutcracker, depicting "The Return Home"  (No original music by Mr. Pyke.  Everything is Tchaikovsky.) 

Act 3 includes spoken dialogue (written by Mr. Pyke) and a video projection screen above the ballet dance floor, depicting recollections and dream sequences.  [If vocal silence (totally pantomime) is strongly preferred, the dialogue can be projected as subtitles on the video screen.]   And now ..... a question:  Is there a wedding in the works?  Ask the Sugar Plum Fairy. 

Christmas Birds.  Mr. Pyke has also composed both music and lyrics for a cute Christmas Song, entitled The Birds in the Christmas Tree, for mezzo soprano, or baritone, and a small chorus of children with very high voices -- as birds -- plus a live cat.  This Christmas Song (not a Christmas Carol) awaits finalization and publishing.

Additional Compositions.  He has more than 300 compositions and arrangements in various stages of completion.  Some of his completed (but not yet scored) compositions and compositions in the making, plus several musical arrangements for piano and orchestra of works by major composers, are listed on this web page, two sections above.

 

 

 

 

 

Telephone contacts  for Charles B. Pyke: 

(435) 755-7651  Symphonic Compositions, LLC and Personal Business.

(435) 755-3220  Environmental Science & Energy, Inc. and Other Scientific Business.

(888) 786-7696  The Associated Science Experts.

 

 

 

 

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