New movement added to The Golden Thread — Wendeyaho

May 26, 2015

I’ve added a movement to The Golden Thread, Wendeyaho. Although the arrangement and orchestration is my own, the melodic source for this movement is a traditional Native American tune called “Wendeyaho” that is often described as a “Cherokee Morning Song.” However discussion of it on the Internet indicates that the word, “Wendeyaho,” is not Cherokee. […]

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Score for Meditations & Reflections now available

May 19, 2015

I finally (!) got the edited score for soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/meditations-reflections-for-solo-piano done. It’s at hiltonkeanjones.com/scores/Meditations_and_Reflections.pdf. It’s an entire set, and if played as a set, then it should be played in score order; however, it’s not at all necessary to play them as a set. They really all stand alone as individual pieces that can be performed […]

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Twilight Peal in the City of Dreams

May 9, 2015

I added the final movement to The Geography of Dreams. The new piece is Twilight Peal in the City of Dreams.

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Addition to Geography of Dreams

May 5, 2015

I added a new piece to The Geography of Dreams. The new piece is Dream of the City by the Sea and the Dark Castle Beyond Its Walls. There’ll be one more movement I think. Here’s the blurb: “A work in progress…These, and future movements to come, are all real dreams that have stuck with […]

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In the Hills Outside the City, the Old Man Sits by His Fire Conversing with the Forest Animals

February 7, 2015

I’ve added another movement to my orchestral piece, The Geography of Dreams. It’s In the Hills Outside the City, the Old Man Sits by His Fire Conversing with the Forest Animals. These, and future movements to come, are all real dreams that have stuck with me over the years and that take place in a […]

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O Loving Founder Of The Stars

January 13, 2015

For me, the best part of having a church gig, is having an excuse to write original music and arrangements that serve a purpose in the real world and which must realistically fit the performance conditions/capabilities. This is one such piece, fresh today. It’s an old plainsong melody, which I arranged for chorus, but I’ve […]

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Longfellow

August 30, 2014

In the previous post, http://hiltonkeanjones.com/2014/08/23/new-anthem/, I had a link to the first of a series of choral pieces based on Transcendentalist poets. The two transcendentalists everyone knows are, of course, Emerson and Thoreau, but there are many more than just those two, and a surprising number of them are women. More than half of the […]

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New anthem

August 23, 2014

I’m working on a new set of anthems, all extremely easy, all on American Transcendentalist poems. These texts work very well for liberal congregations of any denomination, whether Protestant, Roman Catholic, Judaism, etc., in that they are theistic but not necessarily in an Abrahamic tradition, which also makes them appropriate for denominations such as Unitarian-Universalist […]

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Amidst the city’s desolation, the Anima appears as a woman clothed in radiant white

August 4, 2014

I added a new track to The Geography of Dreams: Admist the city’s desolation, the Anima appears as a woman clothed in radiant white. There’s two kinds of programmatic music: what are often called “character pieces,” short pieces with a descriptive title, the music generally depicting the emotions and character of that description; the other […]

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Salve Regina (from Roma) — 2 recordings by Robert Helps

July 28, 2014

I was fortunate to have the late Robert Helps perform one of my pieces twice: once at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 1999 and once on Hawaii Public Radio in 2000. These are the recordings made of those two performances. He was such an amazing pianist…and wonderful friend of many. Both of Bob’s […]

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