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VirtualChoir: Angels Sang

Started this discussion. Last reply by Johan Halmén Jan 30, 2014. 24 Replies

This is the thread for the actual recording project. Stay tuned! I'll be uploading sheet music and click tracks later today.And drop a line here, which will activate your automatic messages to your…Continue

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Angels Sang

Started this discussion. Last reply by Johan Halmén Dec 9, 2013. 45 Replies

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Virtual Choir - Next recording?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Harmonia Nov 18, 2013. 38 Replies

I've been writing Christmas songs for a certain Mr. Brecken. Julie knows what I'm talking about. I have three songs ready, fourth on its way. This fourth one got to be a song for a mixed choir and a…Continue

 

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Johan Halmén commented on Johan Halmén's blog post * My Musical Advent Calendar
"Happy new year to everyone! Only two new songs this Christmas. But I learned a lot of new nice things and maybe one not so nice a thing. One great thing was how to create a song album using MuseScore (or actually any sheet music editor that can…"
Jan 1
Johan Halmén commented on Johan Halmén's blog post * My Musical Advent Calendar
"Dear Julie, you should be quite capable of viewing our facebook calendar without an account! Just follow my link and just don't let the messages about signing up fool you. Today's song is the only new one so far, written by my wife. My son…"
Dec 23, 2016
Harmonia commented on Johan Halmén's blog post * My Musical Advent Calendar
"Hello Johan, and a wonderful Christmas season to you!  I was so glad to see that you and your family have continued the musical Advent tradition we've all enjoyed for several years.  Sadly, I couldn't access the music this year…"
Dec 22, 2016
Johan Halmén commented on Johan Halmén's blog post * My Musical Advent Calendar
"Since our previous musical Advent Calendars seemed to find a small audience here, I thought I'd mention what we did for this Christmas. We thought of publishing all songs on the net with a kind of free-to-print-your-pdf-copy license. Of course,…"
Dec 6, 2016
Harmonia liked Johan Halmén's blog post * Let students compose poems with MuseScore (or Sibelius or Finale...)
Jan 18, 2016
Harmonia commented on Johan Halmén's blog post * My Musical Advent Calendar
"Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!  The happiest of Christmas days to you and your family, Johan, and thank you again for the wonderful gifts of Advent."
Dec 26, 2015
Johan Halmén commented on Johan Halmén's blog post * My Musical Advent Calendar
"December 21st A re-used song about Reino (Reinold), Rudolphs nephew, who wishes to once take part in the Christmas Eve trip around the world. December 22nd A re-used song, an old one. The text is from the 70's when my wife was 11 years old. The…"
Dec 26, 2015
Johan Halmén commented on Johan Halmén's blog post * My Musical Advent Calendar
"December 16th December 17th Two re-used songs. Well more like two verses of same song. The first one is about making Finnish Christmas pastries, the second one about making gingerbread. My clarinet is almost 50 years old, my tenor sax almost 40…"
Dec 20, 2015
Harmonia commented on Johan Halmén's blog post * My Musical Advent Calendar
"All I can say is that your students must have the most wonderful time in your classes, Johan!  Your sense of humor, fun and profound wisdom is a winning combination.  You get my vote for teacher of the year.  I LOVED the translation…"
Dec 15, 2015
Johan Halmén commented on Johan Halmén's blog post * My Musical Advent Calendar
"My wife commented on my translation to the S:t Lucy song. The last verse was not about an old woman, but about a sick woman of any age. Just in case someone wonders about the Forrest Gump reference, here's a Rot13-encrypted explanation: Sbeerfg…"
Dec 15, 2015
Harmonia commented on Johan Halmén's blog post * My Musical Advent Calendar
"Johan, your music is wonderful, and telling us the lyrics is so extra special!  I'll have to think about the Forrest Gump reference - what a puzzle!  The lyrics for Saint Lucy's Day are superb - no need for any explanation. …"
Dec 13, 2015
Johan Halmén commented on Johan Halmén's blog post * My Musical Advent Calendar
"December 9th I open a chocolate box. I pick my favourite. Sometimes one's favourite causes another one's dislike.But for everyone, there is one special. Would it be completely silly to saythat a chocolate box is like life? It amuses me…"
Dec 13, 2015
Harmonia commented on Johan Halmén's blog post * My Musical Advent Calendar
"Oh Johan, thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about your delightful Advent calendar!  I followed it every day last year, and now I'm thrilled to be hearing both old and new songs.  I especially loved the bear sleeping…"
Dec 7, 2015
Johan Halmén commented on Johan Halmén's blog post * My Musical Advent Calendar
"If I have time, I could try linking the reused titles to last year's dates, if you want to read about them. Though I didn't explain all songs last year, either."
Dec 7, 2015
Johan Halmén commented on Johan Halmén's blog post * My Musical Advent Calendar
"Our Musical Advent Calendar A.D. 2015 This is an update of last year's calendar. We're planning to have 12 new songs while 12 songs will be reused from last year. All songs will have renewed images and lyrics video, due to new dates. But…"
Dec 7, 2015
Johan Halmén commented on Harmonia's blog post * Scary 2015! A composition contest for Halloween
"You're right, Ken. I didn't mean a disqualification per se, but a low rating. The problem is that some composers would do anything to fit the "music" in say 55 seconds to allow a 5 second reverb tail. And some just don't…"
Nov 5, 2015

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* My Musical Advent Calendar

Posted on December 4, 2014 at 2:30am 29 Comments

I'm working on a musical Advent Calendar with my wife. Each day there will be a new song, a link to a Youtube video, until December 24th. You don't need a Facebook account to view it. The following link should work:

Joululaulukalenteri

All songs are in Finnish. I might later upload the Finnish lyrics for everyone to translate (Google does a pretty good job on that). The first song was published last…

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* Let students compose poems with MuseScore (or Sibelius or Finale...)

Posted on December 26, 2013 at 4:00am 3 Comments

About melody

I usually teach my students that music contains the following elements:

  • melody
  • harmony
  • rhythm
  • timbre
  • dynamics
  • structure

Sure this list can be discussed, but I've found it working. My simple definition of melody is "a bunch of single tones in a meaningful order". Again, "meaningful order" is a subject of debate, but I usually give my students the following "rules" for the "meaningful order",…

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At 9:56am on January 3, 2015, VirtualArtists said…

Welcome to MusicWiz.club, Johan.  Your application has been approved and you are all set up and ready to play Round 1 of 2015.  You can find everything you need to play at the MusicWiz.club menu item at the top of the page.  Enjoy!

At 5:13pm on November 9, 2014, Harmonia said…

Happy Birthday, Johan!  I do hope you are having or have had a wonderful day today.  Birthday greetings from North Carolina!!

At 1:17pm on November 9, 2013, Harmonia said…

Happy Birthday, Johan!   Hope your Christmas music is going well, and hope you and your wife will sing with us on the new VirtualChoir piece.   Best wishes for your special day.

At 2:00am on November 9, 2013, ChinaBlues said…

hi Johan - Happy Birthday from Hong Kong :)

At 2:59pm on April 10, 2013, ChinaBlues said…

hi Johan - Greetings from China :)  Welcome to VirtualArtists!

At 2:27pm on April 10, 2013, VirtualArtists said…

Welcome to Johan Halmén, a music teacher and composer from Loviisa, Finland!

 
 
 

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