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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Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. JP The quality of music that I write depends totally on the food I eat while writing. Your email address will not be published. Just write and write, so that they will discover the bottomless well, within their minds. He has composed around pieces which have been performed by choirs from 30 countries.

The piece I wrote today is for a small ensemble in Singapore composed of 20 female SSAand three male singers baritone. We jojn cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website.

A Conversation with John August Pamintuan

I break down the constituents of a motif or theme then reconstitute them into a new whole in keeping with the parameters requested by the person or group that commissioned the music. Also to share your music, because it is a gift, one that is meant to be shared. Do you have some pieces also for intermediate level ensembles that would be a good entry point for conductors who may not be familiar with your music?

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, If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it.


JP I usually rehearse a choir and focus mostly on the technical aspects: Unfortunately, not all singers can do that, so conductors from other countries request me to transpose my pieces some steps lower, or in the case of new commissions, limit the vocal range of the singers, particularly the sopranos. We are just the messengers, so I just open my mind like a faucet and like water the music comes out.

The musical ideas will stop flowing when I write the double bar line. Petersburg Conservatory, and Moscow Glinka Hall. 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. What is your ideal commission situation? Privacy Policy Designed using Magazine Hoot.

Of course, the music I write is a summary of all my collective experiences as a musician. John is a member of the World Choir Council along with other choral experts from 80 different countries. And, incidentally, it is my 10th year as a composer this year, so I would like to thank you for giving me this opportunity to celebrate with you. The result is always magical. I believe we have a totally different writing style, and that listening to his music gives me relief. Yes, add me to your mailing list.

A Conversation with John August Pamintuan – The IFCM Magazine

As a singer, he has sung in solo recitals at the St. On the one hand, I have to write within the ranges, capability, and number of the singers, which may limit my imagination. JP Last year, Xugust wrote about 80 pieces.

John August Pamintuan is a renowned Philippine conductor, composer, singer, clinician, and adjudicator. I aaugust 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. As a conductor he has given workshops, performed in concerts, and won in competitions in Asia, Europe, and North America.


When I compose music, I make sure that I myself can sing all the parts, to make joun it is humanly possible, and that I can ask anyone to sing it. 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.

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Notify me of new posts by email. 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.

On the other hand, the piece has to turn out fantastic so that other groups in the future would like to perform it too.

I started writing for Filipino choirs which generally have a wide vocal wugust and usually a soprano from our country would find it easier to sing in the higher tessitura.

SinceJohn is recognized augusr the American Federation of Musicians as an artist of sustained international acclaim. JP My advice to younger composers is to write music for no reason.

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.

JP From a philosophic point of view, I would say analysis-synthesis.