Charles B. Pyke

Composer,  Arranger,  Pianist,  Baritone

Symphonic  Music, Carols, Hymns, and Songs

 

 

 

(435) 755-7651

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PRIMARY  SPECIALTIES -- SYMPHONIC COMPOSITIONS and ARRANGEMENTS:

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Select List of compositions completed, awaiting orchestral scoring and publication:

Have Faith in the Lord  (religious hymn, music and lyrics -- completed in 2004 and sung as baritone soloist in churches) 

Cheer Up!  The World is Full of Laughter  (upbeat religious song, music and lyrics -- completed in 2006 and sung as tenor soloist in church)

Come See the Baby  (Christmas Carol, music and lyrics -- completed in 1979 and sung by numerous church choirs)

Compositions produced for single-occasion special events, not published. 

Select List of compositions partially completed, awaiting completion of music, orchestration, and/or lyrics, then scoring and publication:

The Birds in the Christmas Tree:  Christmas Song, for vocal soloist, with chorus of small children as birds  (music and lyrics nearly completed; orchestration in progress)

Rondo on Familiar Minor Themes  for Piano and Orchestra  (orchestration in progress)

Concerto #1 for Piano, Harpsichord, and Orchestra  (orchestration in progress)

Christmas Eve Bells:  Christmas Carol  (music completed, lyrics in middle stages of composition)

Birthday Greetings:  Original melody in counterpoint with the well-known Happy Birthday to You

Among the Giant Sequoias: A Day in Sequoia National Park, for orchestra (to be orchestrated)

The United States of America:  Patriotic anthem, music and lyrics for vocal solo or choir  (lyrics to be updated to current world situation; music to be scored)

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

The Nutcracker Ballet, Act 3: "The Return Home" (arranged from Tchaikovsky's orchestral music).  Added spoken dialogue written by Charles Pyke.

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

Pictures at an Exhibition for Piano AND Orchestra (arrangement of Mussorgsky's original piano score, combined with Ravel's orchestration and other orchestrations) 

Le Tombeau de Couperin for Piano AND Orchestra (arrangement of all six movements of Ravel's original piano score, combined with Ravel's own orchestration)

Concerto #3 for Piano and Orchestra of Tchaikovsky, with Andante and Finale arranged by Taneyev  (insertion of a Scherzo movement, based on Tchaikovsky's Op. 72 #10 and upon the orchestration of Tchaikovsky's Symphony #7, 3rd Movement, reconstructed by Bogatyrev).

Concerto for Thunderstorm and Orchestra:  Impressionistic orchestral music paired with a live thunderstorm, yet to be recorded  (in conceptual stage)

Concerto #2  for Piano, Harpsichord, and Orchestra  (in conceptual stage)

Preludes (24) for Piano Solo, each an original short composition, written in the style of a composer from Bach to Shostakovich  (in conceptual stage)

More than 300 additional melodies and other symphonic fragments, awaiting integration into full-fledged compositions

For a complete list of compositions and arrangements created to date, and planned, by Mr. Pyke, go to http://www.symphoniccompopsitions.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

Judging piano performance in annual competitions of music students, West Los Angeles College, 1985-1989.  

Participation in musical productions, local symphony orchestras, and chamber music societies, 1976-2014.

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

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

Piano, violoncello (cello), and double-bass (string bass), in school orchestras; vocal performances, including solos, in church, school, and Federal Government choirs.

University and high school courses in harmony and music appreciation, piano lessons, classes in cello and string bass.

Began playing piano by ear from listening to radio broadcasts and phonograph records, before age 3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MUSICAL TASTES, PREFERENCES, and COMPOSITIONAL PROCLIVITIES::

 

Charles B. Pyke began to play the piano by ear as a very young child.  His preferences in music were always in symphonic music (often referred to as "classical music").  His particular choice of symphonic compositions have always been from the late Romantic Era, especially those by the Russians.  His five favorite composers, in decreasing order, are Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Mussorgsky.

Variety of Specialties.  Charles B. Pyke, is also a Meteorologist (Ph.D., UCLA) and an Environmental Scientist (he is President / CEO of Environmental Science & Energy, Inc.), but he has always eagerly desired to compose symphonic music, religious hymns, and Christmas Carols and Songs in his "spare time."  He recently launched his newest company, Symphonic Compositions, LLC.   Mr. Pyke has absolutely no plans to retire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOME  COMPOSITIONAL  DETAILS:

 

Nutcracker.  Charles Pyke's favorite ballet is Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, which lasts only 80-90 minutes instead of more than 2 hours.  Act 2 of the existing Nutcracker also leaves Clara and her Nutcracker Prince in the Land of Sweets, or it starts them home in a little boat.  Mr. Pyke is arranging and combining selections from Tchaikovsky's ballets, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Sleeping Beauty, his opera, Evgeny (Eugene) Onegin, and his Overture-Fantasia, Romeo and Juliet, to develop a near one-hour Act 3 to The Nutcracker, which depicts "The Return Home" and some follow-up action (!)  

Questions:  Might there possibly be a wedding in the future for Clara?  Ask the Sugar Plum Fairy.  And:  Is Clara of The Nutcracker also the Sleeping Beauty??  Ask the Lilac Fairy.  Hint:  Might the Sugar Plum Fairy and The Lilac Fairy be one and the same?   Hmmmmm !   Connections! 

Birds.  Charles Pyke has also composed a cute little Christmas Song, entitled The Birds in the Christmas Tree, for baritone or mezzo soprano and a chorus of small children.  Awaiting final editing, scoring, and publishing.  

Compositions in the Making.  Mr. Pyke has 300+ additional compositions in various stages of completion.  Some of these compositions are listed on this web page, three sections above.

 

 

 

 

 

Telephone contacts  for Charles B. Pyke, Ph.D.: 

(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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