Dec 23 2013

Video: All My Heart This Night Rejoices

Brian

As I have shared previously, I was flown to Indianapolis on December 8 to see and hear the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir perform my new Christmas piece, All My Heart, at their Festival of Carols concert.

Many thanks to my wife, Stephanie, for taking and editing the video for me. It is a memory that I will cherish for a long time.


Dec 6 2013

Upcoming performance

Brian

Screenshot 2013-12-03 14.51.27This weekend I’ll be heading up to Indianapolis for the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir’s Festival of Carols concert on December 8. Earlier this fall my choral piece, All My Heart This Night Rejoices, was chosen as the winner in the ISC’s annual competition. I am thrilled to be a part of their concert and look forward to hearing them sing it.

I’ll be posting more as I am able. Here is the text of the old hymn that I set.

All my heart this night rejoices,
As I hear, far and near, sweetest angel voices;
Christ is born, their choirs are singing,
Till the air, everywhere, now their joy is ringing.

Hark! a voice from yonder manger,
Soft and sweet, doth entreat, Flee from woe and danger;
Brethren, come; from all that grieves you
You are freed; all you need I will surely give you.

Come, then, let us hasten yonder;
Here let all, great and small, kneel in awe and wonder,
Love Him who with love is yearning;
Hail the star that from far bright with hope is burning.

Blessed Savior, let me find Thee!
Keep Thou me close to Thee, cast me not behind Thee!
Life of life, my heart Thou stillest,
Calm I rest on Thy breast, all this void Thou fillest.

Thee, dear Lord, with heed I’ll cherish;
Live to Thee and with Thee, dying, shall not perish;
But shall dwell with Thee for ever,
Far on high, in the joy that can alter never.


Dec 3 2013

Piano book give away: All Praise and Glory

Brian

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It’s time for another give away!

Up to this year I’ve had the pleasure of continuing working with SoundForth-Lorenz in the form of this new piano book, All Praise and Glory. Molly Ijames has compiled a book of 10 piano solos by 10 arrangers, myself included. This is a stand out collection with a good variety of styles and set at a moderate level of difficulty.

To be entered into this give away answer this simple question.

What is your favorite hymn in this collection?

Abide With Me
Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed
All Hail the Power of Jesus Name
Come, Thou Almighty King
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Lead Me to Calvary
Nothing but the Blood (with There Is a Fountain)
Sing Prasie to God Who Reigns Abaove
What Wondrous Love Is This
When I Survey The Wondrous Cross

The winner will be randomly selected by Thursday, Dec 12.

Don’t play the piano? Enter anyway and share this post with your pianist friends.

The Publisher’s site describes it as follows:

Our team of composers has pulled together to bring you a collection of favorite hymns to treasure for years to come. Utilizing lush harmonies, energetic meters, and counterpoint, each arranger uses their unique personality to craft a piece that will keep pianists craving more time at the keyboard. Each solo can be used in various moments of worship, as well as different performance needs.

It is available from Lorenz here.

I’ve recorded my own solo for you to hear. Enjoy my arrangement of Come, Thou Fount.

Remember to comment below (one per person please) in order to be entered in the drawing.


Nov 26 2013

Facebook poll

Brian

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Several weeks ago I entered one of my piano arrangements from Call Me Home into a competition hosted by Greg Howlett.

Please, listen to all the contestants but vote for my arrangement of It Is Well With My Soul.The prize is a free recording session that is valued at $6000. I’ve recorded before but never to this extent. You can help me achieve this dream by voting for me on this facebook poll. I’m told that you don’t need a facebook account to vote.

Click here to vote.


Nov 6 2013

Shout out for Joy

Brian

Shout out for Joy

Out this past summer is Majesty Music’s new choir book, Shout out for Joy. We’ve been singing through all of them at my church this past summer and fall and a couple are almost memorized. :)

This collection is unique from past Majesty collections in that it is a collaboration with several other composers and arrangers. Aside from the Hamilton’s, eight other composers and arrangers (including myself) were involved on this project.

I arranged three of the pieces and co-orchestrated two of them (one of them not listed below, I Am Weak but You Are Strong):

O Glorious Day: This text is originally known as ‘One Day‘. Tune by Ron Hamilton.

O God, My Joy: A new and popular hymn by Paul Keew and Brian Pinner at Watchsong.com

Chosen As His Children: Another WatchSong hymn by Paul Keew. I’m particularly excited to arrange such doctrinally rich, new hymns.


Oct 4 2013

Free First Friday: new piano solo

Brian

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Last month I gave away a piano book to one. This time I’m giving one piano solo to all.

All Creatures of our God and King is a new advanced piano arrangement that I wrote a few years back and since it was the hymn that got second place in a poll I did last month I thought it would be good to follow up with it as well. You can download and print the free hymn arrangement of All Creatures as a PDF below. Let me know what you think in the comments below. I’d be happy to entertain requests for a future FFF, whether it be another piano solo or something else entirely.

All Creatures of our God and King

I’ve also posted a demo recording for your our own listening pleasure. Enjoy! :)

Update: I’ve fixed the pdf pages from saying the wrong hymn titles on all the pages. Thanks to those who noticed and let me know!


Sep 14 2013

We have a winner…

Brian

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Congratulations to Mike Kestler, the winner of my piano book, Call Me Home.

If you entered the contest and didn’t win you can still get the book from Lorenz or Amazon. You can view a few sample pages on Lorenz’s site.

I’ll be hosting another giveaway next month.


Sep 11 2013

Call Me Home giveaway ending soon

Brian

I posted last week about a giveaway of my new piano book, Call Me Home. The giveaway will conclude at midnight on 9.13. If you haven’t entered to win you can do so here. There are several things you can do to improve your chances of winning.

Be sure to comment on this post for it to count in the giveaway.

 


Sep 6 2013

Free First Friday: Call Me Home

Brian

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I’m my previous post I explained a new series called Free First Fridays that I am planning and for this first time I will be giving away my new piano book, Call Me Home. I’ll admit it is an experiment for me. I’m not sure how well if at all this will take but we’ll see. I’m giving something away for free after all! :)

Last year I got a piano book published with SoundForth, now a division of Lorenz Corp. Call Me Home is a collection of 15 intermediate-advanced piano arrangements which focus on the smaller, more intimate moments of the church service. I intended these solos to function for moments of meditation towards the end of a service but they can certainly be used in the normal slots such as offertories.

You can get it from Lorenz’s site or from Amazon. Here is a description of the book on the product page:

With a degree in composition along with his experience writing choral and film scores, Brian Buda’s arrangements are well constructed and technically exciting. “Call Me Home” is a thoughtful collection of music for communion or devotional moments in the worship service. Reverent and lovely, many of these pieces are also appropriate for preludes or offertories.

I recorded a demo recording of all 15 songs and you can listen to them on my Soundcloud stream. Even if you don’t play piano I’d encourage you to check it out and give some of them a listen.

Now on to The give-away.

To facilitate this give-away, I’m using a contest service called PunchTab (see below). It’s very simple. By sharing this give-away with your friends or by providing your email address you earn a chance to win my piano book. To increase your chances of winning you can do a few extra things like follow me on Twitter, Tweet about the give-away, or at the very least you can comment below. Each action will earn you 1 entry to win my book.

This give away will last for 1 week from September 6-13. The winner will be announced after the contest has concluded on Saturday the 14. I will ship the piano book to any US address that the winner provides.

 


Sep 5 2013

Free First Friday

Brian

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As you know I’ve recently resurrected my blog from a long stretch of inactivity. :) Since returning, I’ve decided that I needed to do a little something to thank the readers I have and to encourage more readers to stop by.

After giving it some thought, I’m going to institute a new series of give-aways called “Free First Friday.”  Basically, on the first Friday of every month, I’m going to give away something for free.  Pretty self-explanatory, right? :)

So tomorrow, come back to Budafulmusic.com and feel free to take part in our very first Free First Friday!

(Oh, and you will be able to share “FFF” with all of your friends via social network… so feel free to do that, too…)