I started writing “Hallelujah” in December of 2018. At the time, Zach Griffin and I were regularly doing Four-Hand piano numbers together and we had talked about trying to make a full Christmas album the next year. I thought it would be good to have a couple original numbers for that set and this light melody was the result. I think I was also inspired by Peter Hollens’ “December Song” which I had recently heard for the first time. In any case, this was originally going to be a Four-Hand piano piece, but I ended up adapting it as a solo work.
Included in your download are two alternate scorings for the last section of the piece: one with vocals, and one where the vocals are omitted, instead covering the melody in the piano. Also included are a few performance notes and tips.
Duration: 5 minutes 15 seconds
This energetic arrangement was the first that Matt Arnett and Zachary Griffin performed as Rising Action Piano. Full of quick, short references to other Christmas favorites, it’s a difficult number but the fun is well worth it. Duration: 3 minutes 45 seconds (Matt Arnett and Zachary Griffin) Back to piano music
Achilles is a short energetic piece for brass quintet full of contrast. While the beginning and ending are quite heroic, the middle section contains both sharpness and smoothness. Throughout it all, a steady eighth note drives the energy continuously through many changes in meter. Changes in time signature and rhythmic complexity make this a very difficult piece. Achilles was recognized in 2019…