Welcome to the Middle C website. During 2015 we will be continuing with our website development. Sample pages from the actual scores will gradually be introduced so that customers can get a better idea about each piece. New compositions and arrangements will also continue to be added to our catalogue.
We are also adding comments from teachers and conductors who have used our music. We see these testimonials as a win-win situation. Website visitors can learn that our publications have been used successfully by actual schools and community ensembles. This may help convince potential customers that our publications would also work well with their own musicians. Of equal importance, our current customers can enjoy a bit of free publicity. This might be an excellent way of letting the world know about your school or community ensemble. To add your comments, please click on the Testimonials tab on the home page and follow the instructions.
We welcome our newest composer to Middle C. Elaine Johnson hails from Canberra and is our second composer from the Australian Capital Territory. Like most Middle C composers and arrangers, she is involved in music education. Elaine conducts a community concert band in addition to teaching at a Canberra high school. A group of magpies took up residence in her yard and have served as the inspiration for her delightful trio, Three Little Magpies. We have published two versions of this piece - one for brass, one for woodwind - and these are described more fully in the catalogue section of this website. Johnson has also composed a work for concert band, Calwellian Pirates Voyage. This new grade 2 composition will be launched in Queensland at the Maryborough Music Conference (9th - 12th July) and will be available in Victoria a few days later at the Sounds Great Music Conference in Melbourne.
MUSIC FESTIVALS AND EISTEDDFODS
Middle C compositions and arrangements have been performed in numerous music festivals and eisteddfods over the years. This has happened right throughout Australia as well as overseas. Two recent examples took place in New South Wales. Denise Garland from the The Scots School in Bathurst reports that their school orchestra performed Bravura in a recent eisteddfod and obtained a result of 1st place. On a November sales trip to Sydney, Chris Henzgen discovered that Penrith High School also received a 1st place in an eisteddfod performance of his concert band arrangement of Mozart's Romance (the slow movement from Horn Concerto No. 3 in Eb, K.447). More recently, Pam Robinson reported from New Zealand that her young musicians (aged 11 - 13) from Wairarapa Youth Concert Band achieved great success performing the percussion piece, Occidens Proximus Orienti. Their many weeks of practice paid off when they won Gold at a competition.
Our presence has come to be expected at various Australian music conferences. We had our publications on display at the Australian National Band and Orchestra Clinic. This national conference was held at Methodist Ladies' College (in the Melbourne suburb of Kew) in September 2014. Earlier this year (February 2015), we again were on hand for the annual V.C.E. Music Conference. Several Middle C compositions now appear on the current V.C.E. Prescribed List of Group Works. This month (July 2015) there will be Middle C trade displays at both the Maryborough Music Conference 2015 (in Maryborough, Queensland) and the Sounds Great 2015 music conference (in Melbourne, Victoria). We always enjoy these opportunities to catch up with long standing customers. It is also the perfect time to introduce our compositions and arrangements to new customers.
Sometimes ensemble directors prefer to play through the pieces rather than just look at the scores. Over the years, this has been a fun and rewarding way of familiarising conductors, teachers and musicians with our publications. Five of these events took place during term four (October through December 2014). Middle C compositions and arrangements were played at four concert band rehearsals - Benalla Rose City Band (Benalla, Victoria), Albury City Band (Albury, New South Wales), South Gippsland Concert Band (Coal Creek, Korumburra, Victoria), Bathurst City & R.S.L. Concert Band (Bathurst, New South Wales) - and one percussion ensemble rehearsal (Pimplico State High School, Townsville, Queensland). These activities have continued in 2015 at various places here and abroad. During January, Chris Henzgen was in California. The following school and community concert bands played through some of our pieces: Valley Wind Ensemble, San Luis Obispo County Band, Pioneer Valley High School, Valley Christian Academy. During March he enjoyed conducting the Bay Cities' Symphonic Band (Hastings, New Zealand) and two concert bands at Dalat International School (Penang, Malaysia). Return visits to two community concert bands found him conducting some new repertoire with Henley and Grange Concert Band (Adelaide, South Australia) and the Albury City Band (joined, on this occasion, by members of two other community concert bands from country Victoria and New South Wales).
Naturally, plentiful sales are a pretty good sign that we must be doing something right. However, performances are an even more significant indicator. In these instances the music managed to make it past the trial and rehearsal stage and was deemed suitable for public scrutiny. Overseas performances are particularly noteworthy - especially those that occur in countries like the U.S.A. where such a large quantity of sheet music is readily available. We recently heard of two American concerts that featured Middle C compositions and arrangements. Tommie Kunst Junior High School opened their May concert with a lovely performance of Lauda Sion Excerpt. This polyphonic Henzgen arrangement features beautiful contrapuntal writing by the noted Italian Renaissance composer, Palestrina. In June, Valley Christian Academy included a rousing rendition of Seston's Resplendent at their school band and choral concert.
We hope to include a photo or two in future newsletters. If you have performed a Middle C composition in the past twelve months and have a photo to prove it, please send it to us and we will see what we can do. We will gratefully acknowledge your contribution.
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