Jiraiya the Brave, a 1921 Japanese silent film, was just recently rescored with my music.
I think this is a great example of how to score old silent films to make them not seem like cartoons.
Jiraiya (literally “Young Thunder”), the title character of the Japanese folktale Jiraiya Gōketsu Monogatari (“The Tale of the Gallant Jiraiya”), is a ninja who uses shapeshifting magic to morph into a gigantic toad. The heir of a powerful clan in Kyūshū of the same name, Jiraiya fell in love with Tsunade, a beautiful young princess who masters slug magic. His arch-enemy was his one-time follower, Orochimaru, who mastered snake magic.
I got an email this morning from military bugler Jari Villanueva. My version of “Taps” was wrong. Oops. That’s not good. I recorded a new correct version from the music he gave me. Taps v2
And while I was doing bugle calls, I also recorded “First Call” as played by three trumpets.
It is pretty exciting, though not as clean as it if were performed by a soloist. I hope I got this one right! :-) First Call
Yes, I know, the opening arpeggio should be triple tongued…
Jari Villanueva’s bugle calls can be found on the U.S. Army Band’s site. I think the recordings there are in the Public Domain… but I’m not certain.