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A Late Beginner's Music
Music by Rod Anderson
(in alphabetical order)

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Hi. I'm Rod Anderson, a late beginner at musical composition. Apart from a few ragtime pieces, composed as sort of comic relief from a high-pressure professional job back in the 1970s, my main compositional work began in 1994, after I purchased a synthesizer and discovered that MIDI made it possible to hear one's mistakes right away -- and hopefully learn from them and make corrections. Professional musicians often look down on MIDI because, of course, it isn't as good as a live performance -- but it will give you an idea -- and, for me, it's been a great learning tool!

If you've already read the info immediately below on site organization and music formats, you can click --> to be taken immediately to the listing of compositions.

Organization of this site

What you will find below is a list of most of my compositions (a few are still missing) showing their year(s) of composition and their length. Clicking on any composition name will take you to a page with MP3 and MIDI files (explained below) to which you can listen -- together with explanatory program notes and, in most cases, downloadable scores.

Further explanations can be found in the navigation line links at the very top and very bottom of this page as follows:

About -- gives more info about this website
What's New -- tells you what's been added recently
Links -- lists a few interesting musical links on the Internet
Help -- click here if you have problems playing the music files etc.

And finally, there are other parts of this 'RodMer' website as well -- dealing with writing by my wife Merike and by me and with painting and sculpture by Merike.

RodMer Home -- will take you to the top level of the whole 'RodMer' website
Rod's Music -- will always bring you back to this music page

Music Formats

While many (though not all) of these compositions have been performed at one time or another, only nine live performances to date have been recorded (seven actual live performances and two live-playings into my synth -- the last two at least capturing the timing (if not completely the sound) of a live performance). For the others, what you hear on this website are 'computer performances' of MIDI files (the computer playing the score). These come in two flavours:

Yes, it's true that both of these are based ultimately on MIDI files (that is, the notes on the score rather than the interpretation of a live performer). Why is one better than another? Because with the MP3 files I have prepared them from carefully selected and carefully balanced music patches from three synthesizer modules. The MP3 file will sound the same as if you listened here in SwallowHill to my computer drawing on these three synthesizers to produce the sound. The embedded MIDI files, in contrast, are performed by necessarily simplified software on your computer. Here I am at the mercy of what particular software you use. Sometimes people have told me: 'Your flute sounded a little tinny'. Well I'm sorry, but it wasn't my flute; it was their flute -- their software's rendition of a flute sound. So be prepared for the embedded 'MIDI files' to sound not nearly as good as the slower-to-download 'MP3 files'.

Because the complete MIDI files take longer to download, I have provided as well several short MP3 excerpts for each piece -- so you can tell from listening to these short excerpts, perhaps, whether you want to bother downloading the complete MP3 file or not.

While I have protested perhaps too much about the limitations of the embedded MIDI files, they will at least give you a quick idea of a given composition. They are better for solo pieces (such as the piano solos) than for large ensemble pieces (where the balancing of parts that worked on my software may not work as well on yours).

More info on all these formatting issues can be found on the About page.

The 30 Compositions (in alphabetical order)
[Alternatively, you can see the list in reverse chronological order
or in order of instrumental type]

Year Title
... Instrumentation
1999 Aire Pour Pierre
... 2 recorders & piano trio
      (there's a solo guitar version in 2002)
2002 Aire Pour Pierre
... guitar solo
      (there's a 2 recorders, piano trio version in 1999)
2002 Angel
... for unaccompanied SATB choir
1997-2002 A Ragtime Round
... for unaccompanied SATB choir
1972 Beaver Rag
... piano solo
       (there's a brass quintet version in 1997; a piano & flute version in 2005)
1997-1998 Beaver Rag
... brass quintet (2 trumpets, French horn, trombone, tuba)
      (there's a piano solo version in 1972; a piano & flute version in 2005)
2005 Beaver Rag
... piano piece with flute descant (there's a piano solo version in 1972; a brass quintet version in 1997)
4:58 4:44
1997-1998 Dorian Memories
... brass quintet (2 trumpets, French horn, trombone, tuba)
      (an orchestrated and expanded version with choir appears as March of the Returning Wanderers in 2005)
1996-1998 For Barbara
... piano & cello duet
1997 For Ellen
... piano solo (both live and computer-played)
5:00 5:00
1995 Keeping On
... piano solo (both live and computer-played)
5:00 5:13
2005 Little Flute and Piano Suite
... duet for flute and piano
8:52 9:30
2005 Little Piano Piece
... piano solo
4:17 4:17
2003 Little Piano Suite
... piano suite in 4 movements (both live and computer-played)
7:12 7:35
2005 Little Recorder Suite
... duet for soprano and alto recorders (both live and computer-played)
7:37 6:53
2003-2005 March of the Returning Wanderers
... for orchestra and SATB choir
      (an orchestration and expansion of the brass quintet Dorian Memories of 1997-1998)
1994 Minor Suite
... a suite of 3 flute & guitar duets
2004 Nightfall
... for unaccompanied SATB choir
1996 Now You're to Lie Down
... quartet for oboe, violin, piano, soprano
2002 Refracted Rays
... piano and cello duet
1996-1998 Sonata for Organ and Brass
... pipe organ, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, timpani
2001 Song No. 1 for Merike
... wordless song for soprano, with piano accompaniment
2004 Song No. 3 for Merike
... wordless song for soprano with flute and piano accompaniment (both live and computer-played)
2:44 2:25
1997 Spring Arrivals
... for pipe organ, flute, & clarinet
1996 Still Winter Moon
... quartet for oboe, violin, piano, soprano
1994-2002 Sun's Day-Song
... for unaccompanied SATB choir
1995 SwallowHill Bone Dance
... for guitar, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, piano, double bass, and drums
2004 SwallowHill Skip
... piano solo
2002 The Darkened Voice
... Song for choir of sopranos & altos, with piano accompaniment
(both live and computer-played)
3:06 2:53
1994 Wood Thrush
... flute & guitar duet
Click here --> for a list of all performances to date

Compositions not yet documented in the above list

Year Title
... Instrumentation
2004 Windmare
... unaccompanied SATB choir
2003 Folksong without words
... piano solo
2001 Mady's Cascades
... piano solo
2001 A Doodle on Sevenths
... piano solo
1997 Old Pagoda
... trio for flute, violin, & double bass, together with speaking voice
1970-1979 a dozen or so rags
... piano solos
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