Original Compositions

Band/Wind Ensemble

String Orchestra

Orchestra

Other Ensembles

Jazz Band

The links above will take you to the appropriate page for your ensemble(s) where complete scores and recordings are posted.

Here’s what you need to view scores and listen to samples.

What makes Edly’s Musical EdVentures Music Publishing different
You have direct access to both composer and publisher. I welcome your feedback, whether positive or negative. I’m also available to come work with your students.

Paper and copying rights
I believe that you shouldn’t have to buy multiple copies of a piece in order to get enough parts for your ensemble. When you buy a Musical EdVentures composition**, you’ll receive one copy of the score and parts, with the understanding that you’ll keep the originals and copy as many parts as you need for your ensemble. The parts must be only for your ensemble, not any others, and the title, composer, and copyright must remain unaltered.

**Compositions marked ** are published by Northeastern Music Publications and are subject to their copying policies, rather than mine.

Included extra parts ***
A piano reduction part is included with easier pieces. This enables you to enlist a pianist (or two, in some cases) to flesh out small groups or sections. Chord symbols are included in the score and piano part in all simpler pieces.

“Snare senza rudiments” part is included in simpler pieces. If your snare players aren’t yet ready for rudiments, give them the included rudimentless snare part.

Do you have tons of alto saxes, but few trumpets? Don’t worry: In simpler pieces, the Trumpet 1 & 2 parts are doubled by the included (optional) Alto Sax 3 & 4.

*** Musical EdVentures pieces only.

The music
I hope these compositions will be as exciting as they are educational–for you, your students, and their parents. Without sounding experimental or intellectual, my pieces often include dissonance, extended, altered, or cluster chords, as well as modes, world music, and aleatoric, and other Twentieth Century elements. (Expand your students’ ears while you expand their technique!) Also included is a generous helping of joie de vivre, and sometimes, humor.

Different level versions of the same piece
I will be publishing different orchestrations and level versions of the same piece as time allows. One completed example is “Expanding Space,” which comes in two versions–one predominantly quarter-notes with a range of a sixth, and the other predominantly eighth-notes with a range of an octave or so. On the outside chance that a student will play the “same” piece in different years, s/he will gain a valuable glimpse into the compositional process.

Pieces that teach
Especially in easier pieces, specific skills are addressed: technique, rhythms, range-extending, chromatic notes, breath control, or hearing unfamiliar chords, etc. I include this in the notes to the conductor. That’s you. Hi!

Visiting Composer program
Let me know if you’re interested in my coming into your school for a day to work with your students. Fees are TBA.

Why self-publishing?
Publishers provide composers with valuable services: printing, advertising, distributing, and exhibiting at conventions, to name some. But, in a typical traditional publishing contract, the publisher, not the composer, owns the rights to the piece. Self-publishing allows me to retain control of these pieces, so I can write additional orchestrations as I wish.

Interested in commissioning something?
Drop me a line.

Performance competition
Submit a recording (preferably on DAT or CD) of your ensemble playing one of my pieces. The winner will receive a free copy of both of my books for the school library or music room, and the recording will be posted as the audio example on my site. The name of the director and school (and URL links, if you choose) will also be listed. Performance quality will be my primary criterion, but 
I’ll also take recording quality into account.