Alive and well; Natsume’s Book of Friends S6

Yes, I’m still around! I’m mostly playing the accordion nowadays; it’s not exactly the best instrument to have engraved arrangements for.

I recently took my first step into the realm of anime music and made a little arrangement for the opening theme of Natsume Yuujinchou Roku (Natsume’s Book of Friends, season 6), which began airing a couple of days ago. I picked up on the series last summer and… well, let’s just say I can easily dash off a dozen posts on my love for the bittersweet stories and characters, but that’s not what this blog is for.

I got overjoyed at the quotation of Pomp and Circumstance, plus the use of what sounds like the accordion or a portable pump organ. The full version of the song, Floria, will be released in May. Until then, if you are as desperate for music as I am, here is something to keep you busy!

Click on score below to download. Rated intermediate level as it is in G-flat major. Enjoy!

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I’m also working on an accordion cover, but sshhh… don’t tell anyone!

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Iron Man 3 Theme

A change towards the more popular end of Hollywood. There have been many covers of music from the trailers, but I believe this is one of the first to be made for the film theme itself. I mean, why not? It’s short, catchy, with simple rhythm and open chords, plus a huge load of brass.

Some food for thought: how many action film heroes would actually survive without French horns and trumpets?

Support your arranger and purchase the sheet music for only $1.70 USD! (Instructions via the left sidebar).

I Have Many Good News for You…

First of all: the world is still here!

Secondly: I’m back! Very little happened here for the past two months because I was busy saving the world from apocalypse (i.e. I was busy staying on top of schoolwork). Anyhow, I can now enjoy my two weeks off.

Thirdly: I started working on Rise of the Guardians soundtrack! I went to the theatre this past Saturday to catch a breath between exams. Of course, How to Train Your Dragon wins both in story and score, but the artistic design of RotG is equally breathtaking. Plus, who doesn’t love a character as cool as Jack Frost? (Yes, I count myself among the 90% who went to see the film…)

To start things off, here’s Jack’s theme from the opening scene (click here for the original):

Though RotG is not loaded with as many distinct melodies as HtTYD, Desplat certainly made sure they are memorable all the same. That’s his big success. If you’ve seen the film, you’ll understand why I still get goosebumps whenever I play this on the piano.

I now have five finished arrangements on hand. That number may go up, or it may not. In any case I’m dead certain I won’t arrange the whole soundtrack. And have I mentioned that it’s only been less than a week since I saw the film? I’m heading for a productivity record here…

If Rise of the Guardians interests you as much as HtTYDkeep yourselves cozy this Christmas holiday with some new music!

Cheers,

Alex

P.S. Oh, and lastly:
(I know you love this site for the sheet music and all, but I’ve got to make you read what I write once in a while, eh?)