Eric Keller I'm studying to be a composer.


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My current project

I am working on a complete album of some 12 compositions, i.e. about 45 minutes of recording time.

The original melodies are all short Turlough O'Carolan tunes, available on Internet. From that I create a complete set of compositions which I master as 12 training sets. They are given below.

Ultimately this is will become a commercial CD with live performers.The sets are destined for the four performers: 2 guitars, one flute and one harpsichord. The completion of this project is slated for mid 2022. The final version may diverge from the current version.

O'Carolan Melody Suite

A suite of twelve O'Carolan melodies in a neo-classical presentation

The list of titles is as follows:


">Carolans Welcome -- a good opening entry


">Loftus Jones -- a lively entry


">O'Carolan's Concerto -- a fun and finger-and-memory challenge


">Carolan Cup -- an evocative entry


">Blind Mary -- another, probably Carolan's autobiographical, evocative entry


">Planxty Eleanor Plunkett -- a hot offer from O'Carolan


">Lament for Owen Roe O'Neill -- a public lament for an early Irish hero


">Carolan's Draught -- happy times at the pub


">Carolan's Quarrel with the Landlady -- an audible difference of opinions


">Lady Athenry -- an elegant valse, dedicated to Mrs. Bermingham


">Lord Inchiquin -- another well-known Irish waltz, in memory of famous Earl of Inchiquin (peered in 1654).


">Princess Royal -- dedicated to Miss MacDermott to honour his long time friend and protector, who had him taught the harp after he became blind from smallpox. He came back to her house after a life of wanderings through Ireland, saying "I came here after all I've gone through, to die at home at last, in the place where I got my first teaching and my first horse".


Music composition

How can one learn to compose? By studying what others have done, by digging into the theory, and by experimenting. That's what I do: I study, I learn and I experiment.

I like to create music that is rhythmic, melodious and harmonious, music that feels natural and good inside and that connects with the inner self. Rhythm involves us, melody gives music its meaning, and harmony renders it more acceptable and makes it stick in memory.

Music is part of human nature. Just listen to the music in your head. I’ve had melodies swirling around my head for as long as I can remember, and I love working them into full melodies.

ComposingI experiment. I've built a virtual orchestra in my computer, with instruments from around the world. As I go along, I discover new tricks. I hear new effects. I discover more secrets in composition and sound processing.

Here you'll find some steps of my learning. The site keeps growing.Free Music With every piece of music, I wonder how to make the music even better with my various tools.

Also, a love story winds itself through these compositions. It starts with this article.

Have a look around. Perhaps you might like something here. All my music is free.