Category Archives: Publishing

The First Noel

Ah, Christmas Eve. There’s a chill in the air, the service is planned, the sanctuary is decorated, bulletins are printed, announcements have been heralded, but . . . what’s that? you’re missing a piano solo? Well, what could be better than a new take on the angelic announcement from the first Christmas, The First Noel?

​Take a listen to this compelling piano solo and see if you don’t agree it would be a wonderful addition to your Christmas Eve service or other Christmas season programming.

Available for perusal, listening, and purchase at: https://www.swirlymusic.org/music/solo-piano/robert-myers-the-first-noel-for-solo-piano/

A Lovely Setting for a Lovely Rose

(Original posting 11/21/2017) Are you still looking for a special choral piece for this Christmas? Consider, Lo, a Rose, a fresh, intimate, and contemplative setting of the traditional German carol, ​es ist ein ros entsprungen​. Combining the English translations of Theodore Baker and Harriet Krauth, ​it mixes light piano accompaniment with a cappella sections for SATB chorus to create a hauntingly beautiful rendition of this classic Christmas carol. The intimate nature of Lo, a Rose​ works for small ensembles or quartets as well as larger choirs. It provides strong artistic rewards without requiring extreme investment of time and effort. So, yes, you still have time to work this up for your Christmas program! Lo, a Rose​ is well suited for the concert hall or the sanctuary and would make an exquisite piece for observance of Christmas Eve. View the score, listen to a demo, and purchase parts at: ​https://www.swirlymusic.org/music/choral-music/robert-myers-lo-a-rose-for-satb-choir-with-piano/

Experiments in Self-Publishing I

(Original posting 3/9/2017) I’ve been wading into the self-publishing waters of late, avoiding the traditional submission-to-established-publishers route for the time being (more on that decision at another time), and have just had my first piece accepted at Sheet Music Plus. It’s an arrangement of the hymn tune HYFRYDOL for brass quintet. You probably know it better by the hymn name, Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus. It’s available for preview, listening, and purchase at Long Expected Jesus. It’s a great piece for the Advent season and, no, it’s not too soon to be planning for Christmas.

Sheet Music Plus is one of three organizations offering digital storefronts for self-publishing composers which attracted my attention. Each has its own set of pluses and minuses but overall they look to be viable avenues for self-published sheet music.

I first registered with Swirly Music (www.swirlymusic.org) for two main reasons: they’re small, giving my pieces a better chance of being noticed by casual browsers and allowing for a degree of personal service, plus they have IMO the best user interface, one that allows for full-length preview of scores yet still protects against freeloading. Swirly specializes in high quality printing by expert music printers. If you desire good quality scores that can be touched and felt Swirly is a great source. I currently have three titles available at Swirly Music. Two are for SATB choir and piano, Lo, a Rose, and At the Cross. The other is for solo piano, The First Noel.

Sheet Music Plus (www.sheetmusicplus.com) does a huge amount of business, has a vast catalog, and has a simple and free submission process. On the downside, it’s very easy for works to get lost in the oceans of titles that they offer. SMP currently offers digital downloads only. So far, I only have the one title mentioned above at SMP but expect to add more shortly.

My Score is the self-publishing brand of JW Pepper. They are one of the most respected publishers/retailers of sheet music for educational and church musicians. They maintain a very nice professional user interface for self-published composers that integrates smoothly with their main business. They also are a big business with a large catalog that has the same face-in-a crowd issue as SMP. So far I don’t have any titles at My Score simply because there’s a small financial hurdle to get started with them and I’m cheap. Once I get the kinks worked out on getting my business model set up I expect to list titles at My Score also.

Wheatmyer Music now has a motto!

Yes, our motto has arrived! You might ask, “What took you so long?” But a better questions would be, “What’s the motto?”. Well, WheatMyer Music’s motto is, “Revealing beauty in music.” Your first reaction is probably to think, “WheatMyer Music makes pretty music,” but that would be only a sliver of the motto’s meaning. A little explanation is in order to convey the motto’s essence. The motto signifies that WheatMyer Music means to not only originate and present music that is aesthetically pleasing, but that also points towards, elaborates on, and praises beauty while developing the listeners’ apprehension and appreciation of the same.

The revealing part of the motto implies that there is something that is covered, or hidden, or at least not readily discernible, which needs to be revealed. We hope to write music that digs deep and exposes unexplored significance, whether it is through a fresh examination of a familiar text, painting a new text with a compelling aural experience, or probing the inner depths of the listeners’ affections via a sonic kaleidoscope.

The word beauty in the motto means so much more than aesthetic appeal. To understand beauty it is necessary to consider the source, standard, and perfection of beauty which is found in none other than the attributes of the unseen LORD God. In him we see that beauty means goodness, rightness, purposefulness, truthfulness, glory, splendor and more. When we say that we want our music to reveal beauty, we want it to commend and honor what is good, right, purposeful, and true and thereby point to and emulate our creator’s glory and splendor, whether that is by setting a sacred text for the sanctuary or writing an instrumental work for the concert stage.

In summation, our hope is that the music you experience through WheatMyer Music will not only be beautiful, but will also show you what beauty is, point you toward the reality that lies beyond pleasurable sound, and incline your heart to a quicker and deeper appreciation of the beautiful.