As you might remember, Propel East’s 7th and 8th grade band has had the great fortune to have a piece of music professionally composed for them and dedicated to them. Today’s guest blogger is the man who wrote this great piece for these great musicians, Mr. Rich Freese.
Greetings from Wisconsin!
My name is Rich Freese, and I’ve had the incredible opportunity to write for the Propel East Middle School Band. At the end of the last semester I finished composing and sent to Mr. Vince Wallace the score and parts for Legendarium, a new piece specifically composed for the students at Propel East.
The word “Legendarium” is an old word for a collection of legends. When I was a kid, I loved the genres of sci-fi and fantasy and immersed myself in video games series like The Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy, the books of JRR Tolkien (this was before The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings were gazillion dollar movie franchises), and the original Star Wars trilogy. I wrote Legendarium thinking of those ideas of heroes exploring and saving mythical worlds, of legends, quests, magic, etc, etc that fascinated me when I was in middle school (and still do today).
Rich Freese is a candidate for the degree of doctor of musical arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and serves full-time as the worship & music coordinator at Wisconsin Lutheran Chapel in Madison. He lives with his wife Becca and newborn son Eliott.