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Musical Works, Transcriptions & Translations by Byrwec Ellison







Janequins (1978/2005)

Dance suite (after a set of original piano pieces) in homage to French composers of the early 20th century, to the Renaissance era composer Clement Janequin and to the spirit of Ravel’s “Le Tombeau de Couperin” (2/2/2/2, 4/3/2+1/1, perc, strings)

Monsieur Ravel’s Dancing Shoes (premiered by the Kurt Sprenger & Fort Worth Civic Orchestra, Texas Christian University, 12/3/05)

Monsieur Fauré’s Muse

Monsieur Satie’s Nap

Monsieur Debussy’s Fingers



Mbuti (in work)

Suite inspired by music of the Mbuti pygmies of the Ituri rainforest in northeast Congo







Pictures from an Exhibition by Modeste Mussorgsky (1995)

An alternative version of Mussorgsky’s keyboard masterpiece refracted “in the style of” composers who were masters of the orchestral palette (3/2+1/3/3, 4/3/3/1, perc, pf, strings)

Promenade I - after Britten The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (premiered by Leonard Slatkin & BBC Symphony, BBC London Proms, Royal Albert Hall, 9/1/2004)

Gnomus - after Stravinsky Petrushka

Promenade II - after Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade

The Old Castle

Promenade III - after Wagner Die Meistersinger

Tuileries (Children Quarreling at Play) - after Bartók Concerto for Orchestra and Shostakovich Leningrad Symphony

Bydlo - after Respighi Pines of Rome

Promenade IV - after Ravel Daphnis et Chloe

Ballet of the Unhatched Chickens - after Kabalevsky The Comedians

Samuel Goldenberg & Schmuyle - after Shostakovich Fifth Symphony

Promenade V - after Elgar Enigma Variations

The Market Place at Limoges - after Prokofiev Alexander Nevsky

Catacombs/Con Mortuis in Lingua Mortua - after Messiaen Turangalila Symphony

The Hut of the Baba-Yaga - after Copland Billy the Kid

The Great Gate of Kiev - after Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture, Mussorgsky Boris Godunov, Strauss Also Sprach Zarathustra and Stravinsky The Firebird


The BBC Proms concert featuring the Promenade I has been commercially released on CD (Warner Classics 2564 61954-2)
Recording Links

Britannia Club
Crotchet Listing
MDT Listing

Concert Links
Slatkin's Notes
Telegraph Review



Chorale No. 1 in E Major by César Franck (2001)

Franck’s mighty organ chorale scored identically to Franck D minor Symphony except for two small auxiliary trumpets in place of trumpets in F (2/2/1/2/1/2, 4/2/2-cornet/2-aux+1/1, timpani, hp, strings)




Danserye Suite by Tielman Susato (in work)

Suite of Renaissance dances from Susuato's 1551 edition (2+1/2+1/2+1/2+1, 4/3/2+1/1, perc, strings, kazoos)

Mille ducas


Entre du fol

Ronde et Salterelle

La Battaille




1812 Overture by Pyotr Tchaikovsky (2010)

In his Independence Day 2010 blog posting, Baltimore Sun music critic Tim Smith suggested we 'Americanize' Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" for performance on patriotic holidays like the Fourth of July. One of his ideas was to substitute our own 1812 anthem - "The Star-Spangled Banner" - in place of the Russian czarist theme at the big climax near the end of the piece. Here's how that alternate ending might look.







Janequins II (2013)

Duet for flute and viola (after "Janequins I" for orchestra) in esteem of 20th century French composers (first performed by Sarah Teichler and Dan Stevens at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, 4/4/13)

Mademoiselles Boulanger’s Hats Video

Monsieur Messiaen's Birdcage Video





It's one of life's little ironies that I've been building up a small body of Christmas music over the last few years (truth be told, Christmas isn't exactly my thing). It started in 2008 when I entered a Christmas music competition in England and submitted an original working of "The Night Before Christmas." A few weeks later, I was asked to arrange the winning song in my amateur orchestra's carol-writing contest for primary school students, and I've been doing it each year since. The children come up with some inventive song ideas, and we make an effort to give them a professional sounding score. For my part, I enjoy the challenge and the discipline of setting their words and music to a symphonic sound that fits the mood. Links to the scores, including my "Night Before "Christmas" are posted below:


The Night Before Christmas (2008)

Original chamber composition for soprano choir and strings


Santa Plans To Retire by Mildren (2008)


Have A Merry Christmas by Phillips & Yater (2009)


It's Christmas Time Again by Wentworth, Barham, Evans & Mildren (2009)


Christmas Wishes by Adams, DeBerry, Gaines, McCreight, Miller, Speaker & Yater (2010)


So You Say You Like The Holidays by Albritton, Grona, McDaniel & Phillips (2010)


A Cold and Foggy Winter Day by Blanton Yellow Team (2011)


Special Christmas / Snow Falls Down by Gregory & Alexander (2011) Video


Magical Winter Forest by Cordova-Law (2012)


Marshmallow World by Lopez (2012)


Rock On Santa by Ms. Tom's 4th Grade Class, Blue Haze Elementary (2013)


Santa's Workshop by Ms. Gideon's 4th Grade Class, Blue Haze Elementary (2013)


Snow Falls Down On Me by Pierce, Estes, Kelly & Perez (2013)


Hockey! by Block & Phillips (2013)


Christmas Time Is Near by Ostoich (2013)


Winter by Williams (2014)


We Just Wanna Be Together by Speer (2014)


A White Christmas by Yang (2015)


Come On Santa! by Anderson, Battle, Brown, Garcia, Hawkins, Hill, Nu, Ramirez, Taylor, Warren, Rodas (2015)


Christmas Signs by Kim (2015)


It's Christmas! by Gutierrez (2016)








Maurice Ravel/Colette                                                                    L’Enfant et les Sortilèges

New English translation (2002)

Sassy, contemporary American update of Colette & Ravel’s moderne era fairy tale intended to speak directly to the 21st century sensibility, language and experience of a new generation of young listeners (Link to text)



Bohuslav Martinu/Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes Les Larmes du Couteau

New English translation (2011)

Playfully contemporary update of Ribemont-Dessaignes' libretto to Martinu's surrealist one-act, "Tears of the Knife" (Link to text)






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