New Music Friday: Ghost Lands

This week’s highlighted new work is Ghost Lands, an original, grade 4 string orchestra work by Thom Sharp.

A land between the seen and the unseen. Between waking a sleeping. Ghostly figures drift across the land. Some are barely perceived, like wisps of mist, appearing and disappearing across the land. Some appear as bent shadows in a dense fog, their pain and sorrow weighing heavily on their souls. Still others are sharply defined, spritely beings, here one moment and gone the next. A place of wonder, but not a place to tarry.

About Ghost Lands

The phrasing of the main melody should be rather reserved but have enough shape that there is a feeling of expectation for the next phrase. At rehearsal B, the sound should warm somewhat as a contrast to the A section. Even though there is only one dynamic difference between rehearsal E and F, there should be a dramatic change in character as the style becomes quite aggressive.

About Thom Sharp

Thom Sharp, a native of southeastern Ohio’s Appalachian foothills, is an Emmy Award-winning composer, having composed music for Disney, Dreamworks, Paramount, Universal, and others. In addition, he has written several children’s music pageants and co-wrote and produced Songs from the Circle, a Parent Choice Approved CD of children’s songs. He has penned over 80 compositions for elementary, junior high and high school orchestras and bands.

Thom holds a degree in music education from Ohio University and studied composition, arranging, and film scoring at the Grove School of Music. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Fine Arts Alumni Award from Ohio University and is a Professional Musicians Union Local 47 and ASCAP member.
Thom teaches composition, theory, arranging, and orchestration at Cal State Fullerton, UCLA Extension, and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.

Thom currently lives in Los Angeles with vocalist and composer Sue Roberts Sharp, his wife of 30+ years.

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