Nels Daily has just completed a new work for viola and piano, Daydream. This piece was specially composed for violist Jentry Barrett and pianist Ashley Daily. This work begins with a viola solo “cradle song.” After the piano enters there are extensive quotations from and developments of Brahms‘ famous lullaby, Op. 49 No. 4. The viola solo returns at the end, this time sparsely accompanied by the piano in high and low registers. This work is intended to convey sleep and dreaming.
This work was performed in April 2013 by Jentry Barrett and Ashley Daily at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. A recording of Daydream is posted in the audio section.
This work was typeset in LilyPond 2.14.2
The twentieth edition from NDME. is a selection of piano rags by Scott Joplin that were featured in the 1973 film The Sting. Besides being a landmark in film making, The Sting initiated a revival of Scott Joplin’s piano music. The rags included in this edition are:
- The Easy Winners
- The Entertainer
- Maple Leaf Rag
- Pineapple Rag
Thanks go to the Mutopia Project for coding the pitches for part of this edition. NDME. 020 was typeset in LilyPond 2.14.2, and is available as a digital DOWNLOAD or as printed edition from the NDME Store.
I am pleased to announce NDME. 019, Bach‘s Little Preludes. This is an edition created for the use of my wife in teaching her young piano students. There are three collections of Kleine Präludium by Bach. Altogether there are 20 small piano pieces (BWV 923-943). Three of these have authorship that is doubtful (923, 925, 931, and 932), or are recognized as belonging to different composers. These I have removed from my collection, leaving 17 little preludes suitable for both young and experienced pianists. I have also included the popular prelude from the lute suite in C Minor, BWV 999, for good measure.
Thanks got to the Mutopia Project for coding some of the pitches in these pieces. This edition has been typeset in LilyPond 2.14.2 and is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD.
BWV 924 – Prelude in C Major
BWV 926 – Prelude in D Minor
BWV 927 – Prelude in F Major
BWV 928 – Prelude in F Major
BWV 929 – Prelude in G Minor
BWV 939 – Prelude in C Major
BWV 930 – Prelude in G Minor
BWV 933 – Prelude in C Major
BWV 934 – Prelude in C Minor
BWV 935 – Prelude in D Minor
BWV 936 – Prelude in D Major
BWV 937 – Prelude in E Major
BWV 938 – Prelude in E Minor
BWV 940 – Prelude in D Minor
BWV 941 – Prelude in E Minor
BWV 942 – Prelude in A Minor
BWV 943 – Prelude in C Major
BWV 999 – Prelude in C Minor
I am pleased to present this next edition: Johann Sebastian Bach‘s famous Arioso. This piece was used most prominently in his BWV 156 (Cantata 156) and 1056 (Keyboard Concerto № 5). This is quite possibly my favorite piece of music of all time. This is an arrangement for keyboard solo, splitting the leaping accompaniment figures into separate staves. This edition was created in LilyPond 2.14.2, and is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD from myself or IMSLP.
The most recent addition to ND Music Edition is the Meadowlark Rag, for violin, cello, and piano. This piece is by composer Nels Drue Daily, and is a commission by the Meadowlark Trio in 2011. The Meadowlark Rag is based on formal and harmonic structures found in the music of Scott Joplin. The Meadowlark Trio premiered this piece on their farewell concert at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln School of Music in the Spring of 2012. The recording of this performance can be found in the AUDIO menu.
The performance can be viewed here.
I am pleased to announce the completion of NDME. 016, Symphony in Three Marches. This symphony is in three movements and lasts about 25 minutes. The form of the music for each movement has been influenced by the marches of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Edward Elgar, John Philip Sousa, and Dimtri Shostakovich. The first movement is in a march form related to the music of John Philip Sousa: 1st strain, 2nd strain, trio, dogfight, trio dogfight, trio. This form has been adapted to merge with sonata form. The second movement is a slower hymn or dirge, which is a form closely related to a march. The third movement is in the form of a “screamer,” or circus march. These marches are very fast, chromatic, and meant to create a great deal of excitement. This march form has been adapted to merge with the scherzo and trio form of symphonic repertoire.
This work has been typeset in LilyPond 2.14.2. It is scheduled to be read and recorded by the UNL Symphony Orchestra in May of 2012.
Movements are as follows:
- Procession in Parody
NDME. No. 015 is Johan Sebastian Bach’s Partita for Solo Flute in A minor, BWV 1013. There are several new typesets out there of this piece that are workable. But its amazing what a little page formatting and line-break management can do for the output of sheet music. This edition adheres closely to the Henle scholarly version. For instance, the rhythms in measure 10 of movement 3 have been changed to match similar passages elsewhere in the movement.
Thanks go out to the Mutopia Project contributors that coded the raw pitches for this work. This work is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD.
This work has been typeset in LilyPond 2.14.2.
This work is in 4 movements:
- Bourée Angloise
NDME. 014 is 3-Hour Song. Of course, this work does not last three hours. This piece of music was created during my comprehensive exams at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln School of Music. Part of the exams is a short extemporaneous composition project that the student has to complete within three hours. So, for this work I was given the task of setting a specific text by A. R. Ammons to music. I was told to use any voice, one wind instrument, and un-pitched percussion.
The text dwelled mainly on “wind.” So, I chose mezzo-soprano for a softer sounding voice. I chose a flute to accompany her as the “windiest” sounding instrument. I also chose percussion that suggested wind to my ear: suspended cymbal, tam-tam, and bass drum. This work lasts about a minute and a half, and has been typeset in LilyPond 2.14.2.
I am pleased to announce the 13th edition from NDME: the Christmastide Carols. This is a compilation of holiday music assembled and edited by Nels Drue Daily. There are 32 carols in this book.
This edition was typeset in LilyPond 2.14.2
I once had a coworker tell me how much he hated Christmas music. At first I thought he was being facetious, and couldn’t believe it when he was serious. For me, the old carols collected by generations of worldwide tradition have always evoked everything wonderful about Christmas. They carry a special spirit and feeling that enhances and enriches the whole Christmas experience. My purpose in preparing this book of carols has been to preserve this music for future generations of Christmastime observers in a quality engraving. In selecting the music I have used the original, or in my own opinion, best version of each piece.
O Christmas Tree
The Boar’s Head
O Come All Ye Faithful
Good Christian Men Rejoice
God Rest You Merry Gentlemen
Angels We Have Heard on High
Away in a Manger (Kirkpatrick)
On Christmas Night
Away in a Manger (Murray)
Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
Silent Night! Holy Night!
Far, Far Away on Judea’s Plains
Ding Dong! Merrily on High
Good King Wenceslas
I Wonder as I Wander
Joy to the World
Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
Masters in this Hall
The Holly and the Ivy
We Three Kings
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
O Little Town of Bethlehem (Redner)
O Little Town of Bethlehem (Vaughan-Williams)
What Child is This?
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Here We Come A Wassailing
Deck the Hall
The First Noël
I am pleased to announce the 12th edition from NDME: Notenbuch für Wolgfgang (Notebook for Wolfgang). This is the book that Leopold Mozart gave his son, Wolfgang, as a present for his 7th birthday. There are 32 pieces in this book displaying the styles of the classical period. I put this edition together for the use of my wife in teaching beginning piano students. The score is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD from IMSLP, or from myself. This work has been typeset in LilyPond 2.14.2.