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This site has music files composed by Ralph S. Gardner II.

These files may be freely copied and used for any NON-COMMERCIAL purposes - all commercial rights reserved.

(Note: please see the 'Quinn Mason' page on this site for information about a very promising young composer!)

There are 3 kinds of files by RSG2 on this site.

(1)  Music files (on the 'Music Files' page) are standard MP3 files (stereo).  These use the naming convention of the Opus number for the work, plus the short title, e.g. 'Op01-LordsPrayer.mp3'.

(2)  PDF files of the scores for some works are on the 'Music Files' page, in the subfolder (after all the MP3 files) called 'PDF Files' (the PDF files are useful for anyone who wants to make printed copies for performance).  PDF files use the same naming convention as the MP3 files, e.g. 'Op01-LordsPrayer.pdf'.

(3)  Finally, some of the works have accompanying texts, shown on the appropriate pages, in standard MS Word format.

I also have original Finale format .MUSX files for many of these works.  If you wish to see any of these, or would like more information about these works, please contact me at:
    Cell phone 623-297-5388

For interest, I have included on this page a Word file listing all of my music, with dates of composition and other information.

A word about Cakewalk and Finale.  These are PC software tools used for music composition.

Cakewalk is very popular with Hollywood film and TV score writers, and is designed for playing music on a keyboard directly into the PC, saving the information; then the player mixes in more tracks and does other fun things to get the final sound, which may be saved as an output file and used in the film or TV process.  Cakewalk is specifically made for users who do NOT read standard music notation, and can produce a (rather simple) printout for use by those who can read music.  I stopped using it in 2008.  I did not use a keyboard as I cannot play the piano very well, so I had to laboriously create a note-by-note score to get my results.  The music score part of the program was not very thorough or useful to me, as it could not produce the multi-staff orchestral scores I wanted to write.

Finale, which I started using in 2008, is designed for those who can read standard music notation, and also has many more useful features such as multi-staff orchestral scores, sampled sounds versus synthesized ones (Cakewalk uses the latter, which is fine for 'artificial' sounds but not very good at 'real-world' sounds).  Music educators and other professionals use Finale, so when I learned about it I converted to it.  I currently use version 25.

One final note on my musical experience and training: I have never attended music school, although I did take 2 introductory classes at BYU.  At age 68 I am learning to play the piano (I took piano lessons for a few weeks when I was a High School Senior).  I have sung in choirs for many years (Haendel's Messiah, Vivaldi's Gloria, J.S.Bach's Magnificat in D, many other works both LDS and non-LDS), and have conducted choirs on a Ward and Stake level since my LDS Mission in 1967-1969 (conducted a Missionary choir there too).  I began collecting music scores of Beethoven symphonies and many other works in the classical repertoire starting in 1964, and have studied them for decades to see how past composers handled various tasks.  I also have several 'standard' music texts (such as the 3-volume set by Walter Piston on 'Harmony', 'Counterpoint', and 'Orchestration') and have used them through the years.

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Ralph Gardner,
Sep 19, 2014, 9:15 PM
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