Arthur Breur is creating original music compositions for live performance.
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Beethoven said, "Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy." This is an idea that strikes home to me, as composing seems to connect me with truths and beauties that surpass all others. I strive to add some of that truth and beauty to the world, every day.  My goal when composing is to touch a person's spirit, to move them emotionally, to create an effect and start a ripple. 

I've composed for the great majority of my life and consider it to be my highest calling. While I have primarily composed for piano, my works so far include music for film and theater as well as music for a wide variety of solo instruments and ensembles, small and large.  I very much prefer to compose music with the intention of it being performed by live musicians, rather than being produced by a computer.

How Do I Make A Composition Personal

I have a technique I've used for years when I want to compose a piece and make it especially personal: I write a word or a name into the music, using the letters of that word or name to create the pattern of notes that becomes the melody. This is a way to have the music be more than just "written for" someone, but to actually have their name or something meaningful written directly into the notes of the music.
Patrons of the Arts
One great non-musical benefit that Beethoven had, unlike many composers throughout history, was a group of patrons who provided him with the freedom to work on music without having to worry about his income. By pledging a monthly contribution to my creative work, you join a long, rich history of patrons supporting musical composition.

How Do You Become A Patron?
You can see a number of different patron levels here on this page. Whatever level you're comfortable at, your support truly helps and is very much appreciated!

What Will I Be Creating?
  • Original instrumental compositions, mostly for piano, but also for just about any instrument or ensemble, right up to concert band and symphony orchestra.
  • Original songs. Yes, I write music AND lyrics, and sometimes I put them both together!
  • Live performances, primarily house concerts, but also performances at venues that welcome performance of original piano compositions!
See some examples of my work below.



"Per Ardua"
 - The 44th Air Defense Artillery March (reduced instrumentation), performed by the 77th Army Band, July 27, 2016.
Commissioned 2016 by Vincent J. Tedesco Jr, COL (ret.), USA
Honorary Colonel 44th Air Defense Artillery


"Remembering Zayne"
 - I composed this piece for Steven Shomler, in memory of his son Zayne Shomler.


"Reunion" - Produced for and presented at the PricewaterhouseCoopers 1999 Alumni Reunion in Los Angeles, CA.



"Leah - End Credits" - The final track I composed, produced, and recorded for the short film "Leah" by Neil H Weiss.



"I Love You" - Solo piano piece I composed in reaction to my first crush.
Tiers
NOTE BY NOTE
$1 or more per month

NOTE BY NOTE

Music is written one note and one rest at a time, and as a Note-By-Note Patron, you're helping support me in that same way.

PATRON-ONLY FEED
At this level, you will have access to my regular patron-only feed, which will include updates on my work, examples of my compositions in progress, and personal discussion of many of the things that inspire me, including (but not limited to) science fiction, cocktails, wine, beer, chocolate, nature, adventures with Brian, and—last but certainly not least—Molly cat.
MEASURE BY MEASURE
$5 or more per month

MEASURE BY MEASURE

A melody created from your name (or the word or phrase of your choice), access to my patron-only feed (see "Note By Note" above) as well as inclusion in my list of patrons to be published on any non-commissioned works I create.

At this level I will provide posts with more detailed discussion of how I build my compositions, including examples of motifs, melodies, and even audio sketches.

LIVE VIDEO & SCREEN SHARING CHATS
This level will also include posts with explanations on how I create music, from melodies and harmonies to the overall structure of a work—INCLUDING scheduled screen-sharing or video chats to actively discuss the creation of both my current and past compositions.
TUNE BY TUNE
$15 or more per month

TUNE BY TUNE


At this level, I will create a tune that's all your own, and turn it into a one- to two-minute piano piece, including a signed copy of the music and a free MP3 of me playing the piece.  Each year, I will create a variation on your tune, or create a new tune for you.

This level includes access to my PATRON ONLY FEED and LIVE MOBILE PATREON CHATS.
PERFORMANCE BY PERFORMANCE
$25 or more per month

PERFORMANCE BY PERFORMANCE

Are you a musician who would like to commission a piece of music, but are daunted by the cost? For this level of patron, each year I will compose a personalized 3-5 minute unaccompanied or piano-accompanied solo piece of music for the instrument of your choice at the difficulty level you specify.

This level includes access to my PATRON ONLY FEED and LIVE MOBILE PATREON CHATS.
RAGTIME PATRON
$50 or more per month

RAGTIME
PATRON


Your own PERSONAL yearly Ragtime composition with monthly reviews of progress on the piece. You will receive credit for commissioning the piece as well as a signed printed copy of the score with color cover artwork and an MP3 of me playing it.

MP3s
This level includes MP3s of my new individual recordings and printed copies of all my new sheet music as they become available.

This level includes access to my PATRON ONLY FEED and LIVE MOBILE PATREON CHATS.
CONCERT BAND PATRON
$75 or more per month

CONCERT
BAND
PATRON


Really up the ante with an annual concert band or marching band composition—personalized for you!  Sheet music and audio of the work in progress will be reviewed by video call each month, and the entire work will be completed in 12 months or less. The completed work will have your name listed as the commission, and you will receive a signed, printed copy of the full band score.

This level includes signed, printed copies of all new sheet music each month, MP3s of all of my new recordings, and access to my PATRON ONLY FEED and LIVE MOBILE PATREON CHATS.
STRING QUARTET PATRON
$200 or more per month

STRING QUARTET 
PATRON

Add your name to the elite list of history's string quartet patrons with a multi-movement work for the ensemble that is truly the pinnacle of classical chamber music: the string quartet. The work will be personalized for you and dedicated to the string quartet ensemble of your choice! Sheet music and audio of the work in progress will be reviewed by video call each month, and the entire work will be completed in 12 months or less. The completed work will have your name listed as the commission, and you will receive a signed, printed copy of the full score.

This level includes signed, printed copies of all new sheet music each month, MP3s of all of my new recordings, and access to my PATRON ONLY FEED and LIVE MOBILE PATREON CHATS.
Goals
68% complete
For performing at locations without a piano, I have a digital Casio Privia piano. It plays beautifully, and sounds wonderful, and I want to protect it when I travel by getting a carry case. So my very first goal on Patreon is to purchase the matching Privia case and a piano-style sustain pedal!
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Beethoven said, "Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy." This is an idea that strikes home to me, as composing seems to connect me with truths and beauties that surpass all others. I strive to add some of that truth and beauty to the world, every day.  My goal when composing is to touch a person's spirit, to move them emotionally, to create an effect and start a ripple. 

I've composed for the great majority of my life and consider it to be my highest calling. While I have primarily composed for piano, my works so far include music for film and theater as well as music for a wide variety of solo instruments and ensembles, small and large.  I very much prefer to compose music with the intention of it being performed by live musicians, rather than being produced by a computer.

How Do I Make A Composition Personal

I have a technique I've used for years when I want to compose a piece and make it especially personal: I write a word or a name into the music, using the letters of that word or name to create the pattern of notes that becomes the melody. This is a way to have the music be more than just "written for" someone, but to actually have their name or something meaningful written directly into the notes of the music.
Patrons of the Arts
One great non-musical benefit that Beethoven had, unlike many composers throughout history, was a group of patrons who provided him with the freedom to work on music without having to worry about his income. By pledging a monthly contribution to my creative work, you join a long, rich history of patrons supporting musical composition.

How Do You Become A Patron?
You can see a number of different patron levels here on this page. Whatever level you're comfortable at, your support truly helps and is very much appreciated!

What Will I Be Creating?
  • Original instrumental compositions, mostly for piano, but also for just about any instrument or ensemble, right up to concert band and symphony orchestra.
  • Original songs. Yes, I write music AND lyrics, and sometimes I put them both together!
  • Live performances, primarily house concerts, but also performances at venues that welcome performance of original piano compositions!
See some examples of my work below.



"Per Ardua"
 - The 44th Air Defense Artillery March (reduced instrumentation), performed by the 77th Army Band, July 27, 2016.
Commissioned 2016 by Vincent J. Tedesco Jr, COL (ret.), USA
Honorary Colonel 44th Air Defense Artillery


"Remembering Zayne"
 - I composed this piece for Steven Shomler, in memory of his son Zayne Shomler.


"Reunion" - Produced for and presented at the PricewaterhouseCoopers 1999 Alumni Reunion in Los Angeles, CA.



"Leah - End Credits" - The final track I composed, produced, and recorded for the short film "Leah" by Neil H Weiss.



"I Love You" - Solo piano piece I composed in reaction to my first crush.

Recent posts by Arthur Breur

Tiers
NOTE BY NOTE
$1 or more per month

NOTE BY NOTE

Music is written one note and one rest at a time, and as a Note-By-Note Patron, you're helping support me in that same way.

PATRON-ONLY FEED
At this level, you will have access to my regular patron-only feed, which will include updates on my work, examples of my compositions in progress, and personal discussion of many of the things that inspire me, including (but not limited to) science fiction, cocktails, wine, beer, chocolate, nature, adventures with Brian, and—last but certainly not least—Molly cat.
MEASURE BY MEASURE
$5 or more per month

MEASURE BY MEASURE

A melody created from your name (or the word or phrase of your choice), access to my patron-only feed (see "Note By Note" above) as well as inclusion in my list of patrons to be published on any non-commissioned works I create.

At this level I will provide posts with more detailed discussion of how I build my compositions, including examples of motifs, melodies, and even audio sketches.

LIVE VIDEO & SCREEN SHARING CHATS
This level will also include posts with explanations on how I create music, from melodies and harmonies to the overall structure of a work—INCLUDING scheduled screen-sharing or video chats to actively discuss the creation of both my current and past compositions.
TUNE BY TUNE
$15 or more per month

TUNE BY TUNE


At this level, I will create a tune that's all your own, and turn it into a one- to two-minute piano piece, including a signed copy of the music and a free MP3 of me playing the piece.  Each year, I will create a variation on your tune, or create a new tune for you.

This level includes access to my PATRON ONLY FEED and LIVE MOBILE PATREON CHATS.
PERFORMANCE BY PERFORMANCE
$25 or more per month

PERFORMANCE BY PERFORMANCE

Are you a musician who would like to commission a piece of music, but are daunted by the cost? For this level of patron, each year I will compose a personalized 3-5 minute unaccompanied or piano-accompanied solo piece of music for the instrument of your choice at the difficulty level you specify.

This level includes access to my PATRON ONLY FEED and LIVE MOBILE PATREON CHATS.
RAGTIME PATRON
$50 or more per month

RAGTIME
PATRON


Your own PERSONAL yearly Ragtime composition with monthly reviews of progress on the piece. You will receive credit for commissioning the piece as well as a signed printed copy of the score with color cover artwork and an MP3 of me playing it.

MP3s
This level includes MP3s of my new individual recordings and printed copies of all my new sheet music as they become available.

This level includes access to my PATRON ONLY FEED and LIVE MOBILE PATREON CHATS.
CONCERT BAND PATRON
$75 or more per month

CONCERT
BAND
PATRON


Really up the ante with an annual concert band or marching band composition—personalized for you!  Sheet music and audio of the work in progress will be reviewed by video call each month, and the entire work will be completed in 12 months or less. The completed work will have your name listed as the commission, and you will receive a signed, printed copy of the full band score.

This level includes signed, printed copies of all new sheet music each month, MP3s of all of my new recordings, and access to my PATRON ONLY FEED and LIVE MOBILE PATREON CHATS.
STRING QUARTET PATRON
$200 or more per month

STRING QUARTET 
PATRON

Add your name to the elite list of history's string quartet patrons with a multi-movement work for the ensemble that is truly the pinnacle of classical chamber music: the string quartet. The work will be personalized for you and dedicated to the string quartet ensemble of your choice! Sheet music and audio of the work in progress will be reviewed by video call each month, and the entire work will be completed in 12 months or less. The completed work will have your name listed as the commission, and you will receive a signed, printed copy of the full score.

This level includes signed, printed copies of all new sheet music each month, MP3s of all of my new recordings, and access to my PATRON ONLY FEED and LIVE MOBILE PATREON CHATS.