John August Pamintuan (JP) Yes, I also have pieces that are not too difficult, which are included in my catalogue from the last three years. I started writing for. Listen to John August Pamintuan | SoundCloud is an audio platform that lets you listen to what you love and share the sounds you create.. New York City. Stream Rosarium by John August Pamintuan from desktop or your mobile device.

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I started writing for Filipino pamintuuan which generally have a wide pamintuuan range and usually a soprano from our country would find it easier to sing in the higher tessitura. Of course, the music I write is a summary of all my collective experiences as a musician.

Notify me of new posts by email. On the other hand, the piece has to turn out fantastic so that other groups in the future would like to perform it too.

A Conversation with John August Pamintuan

He has composed around pieces which have been performed by choirs from 30 countries. Do you have some pieces also for intermediate level ensembles auguust would be a good entry point for conductors who may not be familiar with your music? JP I usually rehearse a choir and focus mostly on the technical aspects: Ideally, I would like at least two weeks to finish a piece, but usually I submit it within four days.

The result is always magical. The musical ideas pamintyan stop flowing when I write the double bar line.

Also to share your music, because it is a gift, one that is meant to be shared. As a composer, John was awarded the composition prize in Tours FranceTokyo Japan and has written commissioned works for the governments of Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Japan, Lithuania, and the Philippines.


JP Last year, I wrote about 80 pieces.

Unfortunately, not all singers can do that, so conductors from other pamintuqn request me to transpose my pieces some steps lower, or in the case of new commissions, limit the vocal range of johh singers, particularly the sopranos.

It takes one hour for me to finish the music, three hours to encode on software, and three days to review and criticize the final work. On the one hand, I have to write within the ranges, capability, and number of the singers, which may limit my imagination.

When I compose music, I make sure that I myself can sing all the parts, to make sure it is humanly possible, and that I can ask anyone to sing it. JP My advice to younger composers is to write music for no reason.

A Conversation with John August Pamintuan – The IFCM Magazine

As a singer, he has sung in solo recitals at the St. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. Yes, add me to your mailing list. John is a member of the World Choir Council along with other choral experts from 80 different countries. We are just the messengers, so I just open my mind like a faucet and like water the music comes out. The piece I wrote today is for a small ensemble in Singapore composed of 20 female SSAand three male singers baritone.

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What advice do you give to aspiring young composers? Towards creating cross cultural ties and strengthening friendship and cooperation, John August Pamintuan has also organized many musical exchanges among conductors and choirs of Augusf countries. JP The quality of music that I write depends totally on the food I eat while writing. Sometimes I write in a fast-food restaurant; sometimes I need to eat in two or more restaurants when I am writing an arrangement for a medley.


SinceJohn is recognized by the American Federation of Musicians pamibtuan an artist of sustained international acclaim. I always think I have to write something innovative, trend-setting; a piece of music that will last a few lifetimes; something that reflects the past, is of the moment, and will be of the future.

JP One day ina close friend advised me to stop working — teaching in a school or choir — and just focus on composing, an aspect of my life which steadily flourished even without nurture and care. JP From a philosophic point of view, I pamintuqn say analysis-synthesis.

Petersburg Conservatory, and Moscow Glinka Hall. Your email address will not be published.

If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. He is also a member of the panel of adjudicators for composition contests in Croatia,International Federation for Choral Musicand International Choral Composition Competition Japan, CT How many commissions do you take a year?