Stardust: An Improvisation for Solo Piano | Official Release!

On August 11th, 2017 I sat down at the piano and this is what came out, stardust. After one quick trip around the sun I’ve decided to re-master the audio and officially release it to the world.

Stardust is now available everywhere music is streamed. You can also download a copy of the mp3 and sheet music here on my website.

…I’ll let you in on a little secret too *whispers* “If you sign up for my email list here you’ll get a coupon code to download the mp3 for free.”

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Cheers!

Bryan

Until the Light: Twelve Works for Solo Piano | The Complete Score

A little over 3 months ago I release my debut solo piano album, Until the Light. Of the 12 pieces on that album, most of them were improvised. In fact, if you search back in my blog throughout 2016 you’ll be able to read all about my process and get a little more info about the inspiration for each of them. Yet, I digress. The thing about improvising music is that if you want to release sheet music you need to go back and transcribe what you did…and that, my friends, is what I’ve done! It’s been a long time coming, and today, I’m proudly releasing the full score of Until the Light: Twelve Works for Solo Piano. Get your copy today as a physical booklet or PDF download.

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Take a peak inside the score:

Let me know what you think in the comments.

Thank you for your continued support!

Bryan

MNKINO Film Score Fest 2018 | The Tragedy of the International Brigades

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of seeing/hearing an orchestra perform a film score I wrote for a short film live during the screening of the film. The event was called Film Score Fest 2018 and was hosted by MNKINO at the Science Museum of MN Auditorium. What an experience! Filmmakers were given a month to create a film and deliver it to the composer. And then the composers were given a month to compose an original score and hand off the sheet music to the orchestra. I created the score for a film called The Tragedy of the International Brigades by Christian Finch.

Although I didn’t get a video recording of the performance I figured I could share the audio realization and sheet music here for your perusal. Also below is a mock-up of the video with the audio realization which is hosted on the filmmaker’s YouTube channel. Enjoy!

Also, here’s a great picture from the rehearsal.

Photo of the orchestra and film score from MNKINO FSF 2018 Dress Rehearsal by Bryan Schumann

See you next time.

Cheers!
Bryan

Lost in a Dream | Dreamy Space Pop

Oh, hi there!

So, yesterday I got one of those emails from the ol’ licensing company saying, “We’re looking for __fill in the blank__ alts… 24 hour deadline.” Now, normally I check these out, and if I have something that sounds like it, I submit what I have. If I don’t, then I just delete the email and move on. But for some reason, yesterday I felt like a challenge. So, I decided to write and produce song that sounded like what they needed!

Was definitely a late night. I also had a full day of work at my day job today, but I was able to finish this up this afternoon and got it submitted just in the nick of time! Fingers crossed I get the commercial placement, but either way, figured I’d go ahead and share it here with you all as well. I give you Lost in a Dream. 

Can you guess the song I’m trying to mimic??? Let me know what you think in the comments.

 

Lyrics:

Lost in a dream
Lost in my dreams
Can’t find my way out
Can’t seem to find my way

Lost in a dream
Lost in my dreams
Can’t find my way out
Can’t find my way

Swallowed down deep into the belly of a beast
Endless surreal landscapes I explore
Can’t seem to find the peace anymore

Gonna take my time
Can’t give you up
You know it’s true
Yes I do

My thoughts implode
My brain is numb
My destiny
I thought I knew

Lost in a dream
Lost in my dreams
Can’t find my way out
Can’t seem to find my way

Lost in a dream
Lost in my dreams
Can’t find my way out
Can’t find my way

Twist and turn
Duck and jive
Can’t find my way out
Can’t find my way out

Twist and turn
Duck and jive
Can’t find my way out
Can’t find my way out

Lost in a dream
Lost in my dreams
Can’t find my way out
Can’t seem to find my way

Lost in a dream
Lost in my dreams
Can’t find my way out
Can’t find my way

Can’t seem to find my way
Can’t seem to find my way
I can’t find my way out
Lost in my dream…

Happy Independence Day! | The Star-Spangled Banner: A Variation on the US National Anthem

In 2016 I made an arrangement of the US National Anthem which won me the Gold Medal in the first event of the 2016 Composer Quest Olympics. I even got a shiny medal made of pixels…

CQO 2016 - 1 Gold Medal

“oooOOOooo…aaaaAAAAahhhh”

As the 4th of July approaches, I’ve decided to remaster the audio and officially release/publish both it and the sheet music of the arrangement! You can get all of it right here on my website today!

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More about the music:

There were a lot of intentional modal and harmonic choices I made throughout this arrangement in order to paint certain moods and emotions to the words, that being said, I’m just going to let you take a listen and decide what it all means to you.

The one thing I will say is that sometimes one of the best thing we can do when things don’t look so “up” is to keep bringing beautiful art into the world and do what we can to hold the space for a brighter tomorrow.

Hope you all have a fun and safe holiday.

Cheers!
~Bryan