Charles B. Pyke

Composer, Arranger, and  Pianist:  Symphonic  Music, Hymns, and Carols

 

 

 

 

(435) 755-7651

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PRIMARY  SPECIALTIES -- SYMPHONIC COMPOSITIONS and ARRANGEMENTS:

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

List of compositions completed, awaiting orchestral 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 in 1979 and sung by numerous church choirs)

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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)

Among the Giant Sequoias:  A Day in Sequoia National Park, for orchestra (inspired by a trip to Sequoia National Park at age 6, and improvised there on piano at that time)

[NOTE:  Not intended to imitate any other composition.  Composed by Charles Pyke at age 6 before he had ever heard of the Grand Canyon Suite by Grofé or Alpine Symphony by Strauss.]

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.

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)

Hobgoblinera, a Habanera for Hobgoblins, a short ballet for Piano and Chamber Orchestra -- suggested for Halloween  (in conceptual stage)

season, along with Danse Macabre (Saint Saёns), La Valse (Ravel), Isle of the Dead (Rachmaninoff), Night on Bald Mountain (Mussorgsky), and Totentanz (Liszt)

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 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)

Symphony #1 for Orchestra:  World's shortest symphony  (in conceptual stage) 

Polonaise for Piano:  Original music, composed in the style of Chopin  (in conceptual stage) 

Quartet in F Major for Baroque Ensemble. Original music, composed in the style of Bach, Händel, and Telemann  (in conceptual stage) 

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

Carmen Concerto for Piano and Orchestra.  Arrangement of music from the opera Carmen, by Bizet. (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)

Military Ballet:  Short patriotic ballet of uniformed Armed Forces men and women, 1775-present:  marching and maneuvering in various formations  (in conceptual stage)

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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, orchestral, religious, and Christmas music, plus arrangements for piano AND orchestra of well-known orchestral OR piano compositions of major composers. 

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

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

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

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

Piano, double-bass (string bass), and violoncello (cello) in school orchestras; vocal performances, including solos, in school, church, 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 phonograph records and radio broadcasts, age 2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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, 1972) 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 Clara's future?  Ask the Sugar Plum Fairy.  And:  Is Clara of The Nutcracker also the Sleeping Beauty, as well as Snow White??  Ask the Lilac Fairy.  Hint:  The Sugar Plum Fairy and The Lilac Fairy may also 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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