SEE the BLOG PAGE> latest 2014 Blogs titled: 'THE ULTIMATE MAVERICK' & Crossing Unknown Waters >
Hi, on the piano front there is new life finally springing forth again with 2 new eCD recordings that will be released in singles format first (3 singles from each CD) as I do NOT have the funds to publish a full CD right now. BUT whoa, what a gorgeous new recording I did on the afternoon and evening of AUGUST 21, 2014 here at 'Studio Enclave Robison Crusoe' (really!) - While being so shipwrecked here in the Florida outback, I figured I better still keep making music or I will perish spiritually. This session which is entitled: "ISLANDS IN THE MIST" will eventually be released as a full eCD (no physical plastic needed) but I will release the title track as a single, which is a full 16' improvisation on a wonderful Celtic-folkloric theme I wrote on the spot (I've been doing things like it for quite some years). It ends in such a warm, emotionally endearing G major 9 chord that I have called the ending section "Searching for Home" - it is embracing beautiful orchestral conceived piano using my layering system and crossing hands technique that allows me to play cello, string and choir patch melodies over and under my mid-voiced chordal parts and rhythmic parts. I am quite please for I have finally tweaked the piano sufficiently BEFORE beginning to record (you know jazz is so spontaneous!) and I got a much better piano sound then in previous recordings where I play the piano sort of 'straight out of the box' (to coin a phrase) This piano has to be tweaked to sound decent (out of the box not so good!). And while you're HERE, check out my CROSSING UNKNOWN WATERS Tab above. Click on it and you'll see info and excerpts links for this new eCD being released on my CDbaby Artist Page this month in 3 singles> 'Crossing Unknown Waters' - 'Hymn to the Farther Shore' - and 'VARIATIONS on Unrequited' GREAT piano improv in jazz/New Age style with a Classical bias from a private recital of JUNE 2012 - Now for the orchestral music:
On the ever-creeping progress forward of my orchestral music publishing things are "very ready" - I hope in 2014-15 to lead off my 'world premiere" by interesting an influential conductor in my Large Orchestra pieces (a suite of 2 pieces, 1 short prelude, 1 larger impressionistic overture) that I completed in summer of 2011. Please see my content box on "FIRE ISLAND IMPRESSIONS" below on this page. Once someone is interested I can publish to parts with only minor editing as the 'study scores' I've published under my own domain "AllegroVivo Publishing" are highly finished, edited and proofed for study along with the listening mp3 excerpts of the pieces. In summer of 2011 I composed an extensive additional overture to the melodies that I had resurrected from my piano pieces of the past to create this very summery and ocean-orientated music, a great combination of my newest conceptions with the best of my older melodies that came from the pieces (found in the piano booklets at my storefront) from my piano playing/composing years of the late 70's-mid 80's. I spent a huge amount of time in the 1980s when not in New York City working or doing my piano gigs in New England or New York (even Florida) barricaded behind my mattress-covered room in Florida composing, recording and building a new conception of my music that synthesized classical, the then "new age" and new jazz styles into fresh poly-tonal harmonies, new melodies and brief forms that exploited the eclectic influences of that wonderful time in music. Later came the realization of my ethnic influences as I found out my family roots (still unfolding story today -- see my Blog posts) where I saw how my equal split mix of 50% Slavic (Czechoslovakian) plus 50% Celtic (English, Irish, Normandy) has shown influences in my piano sonatas and in my symphonies. ---> MORE on the Blog page
NEXT BLOG>> will post by SEPTEMBER 2014 entitled: "The Good Road & the Road of Difficulties"
SEE the preivew at my Storefront product page (click preview below the image photo) THE FIRST MP3 is the complete computer realization of the Prelude using Garritan Orchestra samples but no Human playback features so some things like harmonics and tempo changes (Ritenutos) do not come off. THE 2nd MP3 is an excerpt from the 2nd piece of the Suite called 'Diurnal Cycle' from the opening to the beginning of the big tune in the titled 'AugustOceanOverture' section (as titled in the score booklet)> The3rd MP3 (IF there is one on the page) IS the Big Tune from the section in the score titled: 'AugustOceanOverture'>
Fire Island Impressions: Suite for Large Orchestra in 2 Scores
[Picc., 2FL, 3-4CL, 2Ob, 2Bsn.\Hrns, 4Tpts in C, 2Trb\Timp., Perc., Celesta, Harp, (no piano)\Strings]
In either case, this evocative impressionistic music leads to a soaring overture enclosed within in it that surges with the power and ebb and flow of ocean waves. One of his favorite hobbies is surf fishing and even some 'easy surfing'. In the 1990's he spent a great amount of his free time around Florida's Daytona Beach and learned to love being in that rolling surf. This music seems to almost mimic by its innovative scoring the surging of waves with the extended middle section that soars in big string writing marked 'grandioso'
Vlns 1 & 2 doubling big chords by divisi. Also the lower strings play 'Sibelius-like' chordal patterns while upper strings are non-divisi. All this, along
He's had that since 2001 and has even used it in his jazz improvisations (see the tunes, 'Big Wave Rider' on his 2008 debut keyboard CD called AugustOceanOverture)
Then the music closes with a very tonal, Brahmsian cadence from D major to G, niether of which were the keys this very jazz inflected harmonic tonal music is based on. A lot of tonal variety is acheived that never attempts to obsure its tonal preferences yet derives variety from modal intpretations and sudden
The reason for using 4 trumpets was not just for power but to be able to softly intone the rich jazz based chords in 4 voices. But powerful the brass and 4
With other notes scurrying and deep Horn parts it soon reaches up, then gently falls to cadence in a harp, string and oboe dominated page that rests softly on an EbMajor6 chord, somewhat reminescent of parts of Debussy's middle movement to La Mer. The next section in quintuplets in 2/8 marked: "Coda (toccata) - quiet beach at twilight" quickly leads to that final tonal cadence, deftly scored exactly as it would be in a Brahms symphony.
A rich tonal ending to a somewhat more inventive and evocative score.
CROSSING UNKNOWN WATERS > hear excerpts below
HYMN TO THE FARTHER SHORE > hear excerpt below
VARIATIONS on Unrequited (improvisation from eCD: Crossing Unknown Waters> listen below
1989's WINGS OF THE WIND Excerpt below
(remastered & released 2014)
Click on each of the 15 track titles for a PREVU of each song [RightClick into a new tab loads the player from LULU.com]
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#2> Forgiven (lyrical piano song)
#3> Without a Moment's Notice (Ensemble: bass, piano, strings, organ, baritone vocalise by Michael Guy)
#4> My Bluewater Day / Double-OverHead (strings, elec.piano & piano solo - uptempo, live, intense set)
#5> Ocean Angel's Refrain, (new age choirs, synths, piano)
#6> Bluewater Day Suite: ending (1:09) piano, bass
#7> UNREQUITED - Click to Preview UNREQUITED> piano solo, romantic ballad
#8> "Michael's Angel-o " - new age sound canvas with piano solo & choirs
#9> For a Fallen Bird - piano solo song
#10> How Green Was My Valley - organ/piano song with mountain folksong/Bach influenced melodies
#11> In EXile - (modern jazz piano with running bass in Left Hand influenced by J. Coltrane/Mile Davis)
#12> Interplanetary Blues (1995) - jazz blues/funk for digital keyboards, bass, piano
#13> Hymn 4... (2nd mix) quartet
#14> theDeepAbyss Click title to FREE PREVIEW> (NEW 2009 vrs. with new vocals & piano added) - orig. song on A.O.O 2008
#15> EtheREAL Dreamer (1995) - gorgeous swelling synth/strings and processed harmonic song
August Ocean Overture 
Michael Guy's debut CD released in digital distribution JUNE '08 is a compilation of his newest Piano Solo work layered with digital choirs, strings and bass recorded each JULY since 2005. This special music was only recorded in summer in Daytona Beach, FL in an ocean setting. It reflects his lasting love for the tropical oceans of the Atlantic SE coast. Except for a stint in New York City from 1979-1984 where he worked as a temp in publishing and music, he has spent most of his adult life in Florida living and fishing near the sea.
Returning from N.Y.C. in 1985 he was forced to go on kidney dialysis and he received a kidney transplant in 1990. During this time he did much composing and piano playing. During the 90's with the advent of digital technology he began to record using Roland sequencers and digital samples. The second half of his debut CD reflects these compositions and some he did in studios during that time. These 5 compositions use a JAZZ GROUP setting with drums, bass, guitar, electric keyboards and sampled strings. Many will soon be available as Scored charts in notation in his JzCDz.com Storefront along with some of his classical scores which he has composed for piano solo, orchestra and chamber music. PLEASE SEE THE PORTFOLIO PAGE> Here you will find the links to his other blogs, his storefront and his CD & Digital Distribution sites.
1. INTRO: InMemoryOnly -For Beatrice, my mother d.2005 1:47
2. the Broken-Hearted Shuffle - Jazz Quartet/
Pt. 1 is with piano solo/Pt. 2 follows with e. guitar solo 4:42
3. J.J.'s Waltz [Jazz Trio with vocalize] 3:09
4. Sunday Morning Alone Piano Solo-Sunday, April 20, 2008 5:54
5. Sea of Bbminor Blues: [Theme, piano solo] 1:47
6. Sea of Bb minor Blues [Improv] piano, July 2008 4:47
7. Mr. Ives Strolls Along 52nd St. [piano duet:] 4:03
8. Connectivity /theCandoabilitySong/pop-jazz/Synths/Drums 4:32
9. the Farther Shore [piano song without words] 1:57
10. I wrote you a letter country guitar song, w/o vocal 1:23
11. Didn't go as planned, blues/ Bb minor blues 5:05
12. In Memory Only [march 2000 synth, 2009 alt.take w string orchestra] 1:46
13. Blue Allemande [SequentialCircuitsSynth, 1986] 4:30
14 -16. Perpetuem Mobile/(1996)/- "BlueFugue" Suite 1:56
15. Guitar & Bass Duet // 16. Perpetuem Mobile (solo piano vrs.) 2:33 + 2:16
17. the Broken-Hearted Shuffle/Pt.2> conclusion/guitar, keybd. 4:19
18.TREASURES of LOVE - 1987 vocal demo (live piano & voice) 5:04
19. JazzGuitar improv on my song: 'Intials Carved in Love' (2005) 2:26
20. The Old Apple Tree/+Coda/piano solo with synth settings 8:07
21. Theme from PianoSonata#1> impov vrs. recorded 2008 2:48
22. OUTRO: InMemoryOnly Theme ending with piano 1:47
(c). 2012, (p). 2012 michael guy JzCDz, all rights registered, reserved
The Last Renaissance Man (2006)
The Last Renaissance Man is an imaginative adventure complete with a true Hurricane story and fascinating history set in England and the Caribbean. You’ll believe the 1695 narrative is true .
Meet a composer, whose idea of “R&R” in the tropics turns his passage to trial-by-water, blending musical and maritime history into a Shakespearian Tempest-tale that’ll rock your boat! The London portion of the novel is set in colorful Baroque theatre and tippling houses (pubs), where Henry Purcell who serves as the model for the main character was given credit for semi-operas (called Masques) like The Tempest.
After a hard winter, his Patroness dead, his income slashed, his wife suspicious, Henry’s agent wants another tour of cheap venues. Plague has Henry fearing contagion. Hallucinogenic from the wrong cure, he flees to sunny Madeira by sea but then his Sea Venture unfurls unpredictably. A storm-cursed ship and a superstitious crew believe he’s a Jonah; then a course-change turns his vision of a magical Admiral into truth, foreshadowing Shakespeare's play, The Tempest. Eccentric Lord Willoughby, Ex-Admiral, commands the elements; meet his mulatto daughter, Miranda, as spirited as her enchanted mare, Juno. Do events resemble his new opera? Stay aboard for Book 2 when the nautical adventure grows menacingly real!
AcRoSs the SeA of MaDneSs (2007)
a songbook of lyrics by songwriter Michael Guy
The song lyrics of songs by jazz pianist/songwriter Michael Guy will be followed by a self-published CD in 2009. These are mostly his lyrics and a few poems. The arrangements given in large type include full color photos of his related personal and nature themes. Some of the photos show the rich collage work of his music CD covers to be published by JzCDz.com beginning 2008. Enjoy the colorful personal history and lyrical prelude to his CD, including some fine American History story-songs set during major periods of U.S. history.
Although the songs of Michael A. Guy will not publish until 2009-10, his magical and mysterious heart-song to the beauty of the Tropical Oceans, August Ocean Overture is available NOW on Amazon's CreateSpace, Amazon.com and CDbaby; also digital download sites (iTunes). That CD includes 2 songs whose lyrics are included in this book. SEE: this website for details in the links below.
JzCDz.com> this book listed with his songs
HEAR a song: theDEEPabyss> from CD: AugustOceanOverture
Buy a song at JzCDz Storefront
Piano Sonata #1 (My Spanish) (2009) originally composed in 1986, rev. 1997
Click to HEAR this excerpts of the sonata's first movement
American composer & jazz pianist with jazz CDs on JzCDz.com which he recently published in 2008. This composer has written "classical" music since ca. 1979. Composed in '86, revised '97 & while publishing; 37 pages, 4 movements> #1. [3+3+2] uptempo, rhythmic - Spanish feel. syncopated and staccato chords & bass #2. Molto Legato: Smooth arpeggios in R.H., an intense romantic melody in minor interpolated #3. Presto: a fast march with dissonance #4. Recap of movement#1's ideas but in new meter - rock-style chords lead into baroque figures leading to: #CODA: (ending)a movement in itself: Bach influenced but with jazz harmony. Serene chords extend the harmony into Jazz 13th, 11th, & 9ths. More rhythmic than classical. Difficulty: moderately advanced (those able to play Bartok, Ravel, Stravinsky, Bach, American works) Influence: Jazz, modern 20th century, Latin-Spanish composers, Baroque composers like Bach, Purcell mp3 available soon / podcast at: http://miguy7.webs.com/portfolio.htm
Piano Sonata #2 (where the river goes) (2013) originally composed in 1988
Innovative fusion of jazz and modern American piano that almost approaches the level of a complex contemporary jazz improvisation (about as close as you can in a notated score). Written by maverick and unjustly unknown Jazz composer Michael Guy L'ecluse. This score was published in 2014 but found written whole and complete in his 1980's sketchbooks. After the challenging and deeply smoldering minor first movement that is the most technically demanding, a unusual odd metered cadenza follows and then 2 very melodic and memorable inner movements. One which is a Cantabile and one titled: 'Where the River Goes'. It ends with a peaceful but orchestral feeling 'Tranquillo' in a straight G major.
CLICK TO HEAR EXCERPTS FROM THIS SONATA
Piano Sonata #3
(2011) originally composed in
American composer/pianist Michael Guy's third piano sonata in 1, multi-section movement is excerpted from his collection called "Summer Scenes" Written in 1998, based on his youthful melodies from 1975 that show his early jazz influence by artists like Pat Metheny. Begins in a bright Eb major, Andante con moto. The second section in uptempo Eb minor is very classical and dramatic with 3 related fast cadenzas of runs and chords. An mp3 will be posted in his JzCDz.com storefront soon
CLICK TO HEAR EXCERPTS FROM THIS SONATA
LISTEN to mp3s of excerpts from SUMMER SCENES
LISTEN to mp3s of excerpts from AUTUMN TINTS
"Largamente" (slow beautiful melody) from the ending of Movement #2 of SQ Blue
"Andante opening(Celtic flavored, moderate tempo theme and runs) from beginning of Movement #2 of SQ Blue
"Finale Excerpt from the Uptempo 3rd Movement (Jazz flavored, lively swinging pulse)
CLICK ON: the SYMPHONY ONE Tab above for a full page on this work and EXCERPTS from every movement>>
The complete excerpt of the "SAVING WALDEN POND" section to the end of Movement Two, click player below:
click or 'right click into a new tab' on the highlighted (linked) contents text to see a PDF of any of the mp3 excerpts or movement excerpts