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Movie/video game music, silent film scores?

Hello, 
 
I'm looking for some alternative performance options. I saw a composition that was an SATB score accompaniment to the Silent Film "Nosferatu" that didn't pan out. I'd love to do a concert with a silent film, or a collection of movie/video game music, or something a little more recent and nerdy, but am worried I'm going to have to do all the arranging myself. 
 
I've seen a couple songs of Lord of the Rings, but only "Into the West" and "May It Be" but not enough for a full concert. 
 
Likewise, I'd love to do a full concert of Final Fantasy music, but there are no arrangements available, certainly not enough for a whole concert. 
 
Does anyone have any larger pieces that would fit the bill? This would be for a large university choir. Thanks!
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on January 3, 2013 8:29pm
Applauded by an audience of 2
on January 4, 2013 5:35am
possibly helpful   http://www.choralnet.org/307751
 
Fans of composer Nobuo Uematsu put up orchestral arrangements of Final Fantasy selections here:
http://www.finalfantasymusicscores.com/FFMS/ORCHESTRA.html  (Click on "Score" in the list, and it will download a PDF to you).
I don't know what you do about performance licensing in Canada though.
Darn, now I wish I could come sing this too! I'd totally drive up to BC   ;-)
on January 4, 2013 6:31am
Albany Pro Musica did "Voices of Light" by Richard Einhorn in 2010 - it's an oratorio to Carl Dreyer's 1928 silent film "The Passion of Joan of Arc"  It's pretty powerful stuff.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voices_of_Light
on March 13, 2013 8:08pm
$10,000 to rent the score. YIKES!
on January 4, 2013 8:53am
Baba Yetu from Civilization IV published by Alfred is the only video game piece I know available.
 
There's plenty of film music and songs featured in movies available.  Check out the American Film Institute's top 100 songs list.  http://www.afi.com/100years/songs.aspx
 
I did a film concert last year, which included some of the following:
Duel of Fates from Star Wars: Phantom Menance arranged by Keith Christopher
Axel F from Beverly Hills Cop--great SATB a cap arrangement by Deke Sharon
I Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes from Disney's Cinderella--another beautiful SATB a cap arrangement by Audrey Snyder
My Heart Will Go On from Titanic--Kirby Shaw has a SATB a cap arrangement that features great choral singing
 
on January 6, 2013 4:54pm
Done Duel of the Fates, not sure if I want to do Disney or Titanic.
on January 5, 2013 2:03pm
May be you should contact Kentaro Sato who is a member of the ChoralNet, but also one of the orchestrators/arrangers of the recent Final Fantasy game series.
on January 6, 2013 7:07am
Double Trouble from Harry Potter (I think either Chamber of Secrets or Prisoner of Azkaban) - SATB
on January 6, 2013 4:51pm
Already done this one, but thanks!
on January 10, 2013 8:12pm
Hey, was that Karel Suchy's Nosferatu?  I attended one of the performances of that in Kenosha by Jim Shatzman's very fine Choral Arts Society of Southeastern Wisconsin.  It was excellent and attracted a young and excited audience.
 
If I had an SATB choir I'ld get someone to transcribe and arrange the music from World of Warcraft's Wrath of the Litch King cinematic trailer:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCr7y4SLhck
 
I have had some great luck in this arena.  My choir will be releasing a video of an original song for Minecraft soon.  I could whip up an SATB arrangement of that but it requires a Bluegrass band.
 
on January 21, 2014 5:03pm
Hi,
 
I have just joined ChoralNet, so this reply is a year out of date!  But, I hope that you might still be searching for SATB choral scores for silent film.
 
Cantate Chamber Singers, based in the Washington, DC area (MD), premiered my score for THE WIND, a 1928 drama starring Lillian Gish, at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring, MD, in summer 2012.  The AFI cinema was sold out, and the Washington Post gave it a very enthusiastic review: http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/new-score-for-silent-movie-the-wind-a-splendid-match-of-music-image/2012/06/10/gJQASPP6SV_story.html
Cantate commissioned the score from me while I was Composer-in-Residence with them (silent film music is one of my major areas of focus as composer and performer).
 
If you are interested in learning more about the score and/or seeing a perusal copy of the score, please let me know.  I hope to hear from you! 
 
best,
Andrew Simpson
andrewesimpson.com
 
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