Check out: The Stars of Bethlehem: A Scribe Who Studied the Kingdom of Heaven
2021, 2022, revised and updated
Picture imaginary musicians gathered near chancel steps of a grand cathedral, preparing for a concert of orchestrated melodies! Imagine great granite pillars, an ornate white marble chancel and granite cathedral walls which not only provide a proper backdrop for the composer’s library of orchestrated melodies but an acoustical atmosphere that dwarfs the imagination. Seated with their respective instruments are flute, violin, viola and cello players, along with a pitched bell percussionists, and trumpet, French horn and trombone players. A musician, delayed, makes a hurried entrance transporting an enormous bass tuba along a red carpet aisle runner leading to the front of the cathedral! While you may imagine this scene while listening, the setting is make-believe; Orchestrated Melodies are not!
Orchestrated Melodies is an extensive easy listening, classical music library! Most works are scored for ensemble or small orchestra!
Each track is beautifully crafted and musically delightful! Each orchestration a wonderful, captivating sound experience, full of depth but with each instrument adding its own unique voice! Each song, a marvelous musical melodic masterpiece, making use of counterpoint and other musical techniques in his compositions! Orchestrated Melodies are one of a kind, captivating and cheerful, each wonderfully crafted and performed exactly as the composer envisioned!
Utilizing a virtual orchestra and orchestral samples from Garritan Personnel Orchestra 4 and 5, he has scored six albums: "K. C.'s 1st Song Collection" (2013), “Picturesque Memories" (2013), “Splendid Symphony" (2014), “Majestic Serenity" (2015), "Endless Bliss" (2017). and "Simple Blessings" (2019)! Thirty of nearly sixty tracks from these six albums may be heard on the Orchestrated Melodies Music Player below.
Also newly revised and updated 116 page E Book, "The Stars of Bethlehem: A Scribe Who Studied the Kingdom of Heaven" by the composer available in the Amazon Kindle Library. (See drop down menu on The Stars of Bethlehem and Travels of the Magi for more details on this website)
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On Reverb's Charts for September 22, 2023
Local Classical Charts 1
National Classical Charts (USA) 20
Global Classical Chart 27
Do hope you will stop by to enjoy all these immensely talented artists and musicians! A link to each artist's page is provided!
From Bob Hausler
"K.C. you are the master of the melody! All your songs have such a solid musical base. Amazing!"
"'Simple Blessings' is outstanding. I love the piano in the intro. Your melodies always cut right to the heart. Wonderfully done."
Bob Hausler, Award winning singer-songwriter from Saginaw, Michigan, United States.
From Steve Inglis
"Happy Friday Ken. Played and loved your exquisitely beautiful top five songs. My faves SAPPHIRE NIGHTS and the wonderful CHEERFULNESS. Your songs always make a day more special. Have a lovely day my talented friend !!!! "
Steve Inglis, Multi instrumentalist, Naim, Scotland, United Kingdom.
From Paul Dunn
"Wow Ken~'Anatolia'. Such impressive work and well worth waiting for. So very well arranged, an absolute gem. But the real masterstroke comes at the very end with the inclusion of the tubula Bells. Excellent work my good friend. I loved it."
". . . . In addition to all the wonderful music, your new book "The Stars of Bethlehem' is a fantastic achievement. The research you have done in writing this is worthy of much praise."
"Such beautiful music, Kenneth! You are a composer and musician of immeasurable talent. As well as being a brilliant composer, you have the ability of creating effective arrangements. There is so much creativity in your work and you have immeasurable skill and ability to imagine sounds and to make them come alive. The blend and balance of instruments is absolutely superb and I have so much respect for your work. Best ~ Paul."
Paul Dunn, Multi instrumentalist, Sheffield, England, United Kingdom.
From MadCow Fury
"This is by far some of the best music on the internet!! Not just RVN, we're talking the worldwide web!! Great work my friend!! You are in a class of your own!! Have a great weekend!!!" MadCow Fury, Artist from Texas, USA.
MadCow Fury, Artist and Musician from Austin, Texas, United States.
From Bill Harris
"'Anatolia, Sapphire Nights and Simple Blessings" are beautiful, K.C. You get some really great sounds out of the Garritan program and your compositions are lovely! Masterpiece Theater Soundtracks for sure! Bravo!"
Bill Harris, Songwriter and musician, Charlotte, North Carolina, United States.
From Miriam Risan
"ANATOLIA " Really wonderful ,K.C. 🎶💃 Wishing you a great new week my friend. Miriam
Miriam Risan,, Country, Pop, Jazz Artist, Tjodalyng, Norway
From Rose Finn
"Enjoying your beautiful creativity and feeling the spirituality in “Music To Imagine By”. Stunning work KC. Love from Rose!" Rose Finn, Artist, Carlisle, England."
Rose Finn, Singer-Songwriter, Carlisle, England, United Kingdom.
From Kindra in Christ
"Some of the most soothing music I've ever heard. Tremendous use of instruments and well produced. Perfect music for "the secret place". May God continue to bless your music, K.C. Beckmann!"
Kindra in Christ, Artist, Nashiville, Tennessee, United States.
From Rob Royston
"Anatolia, is beautiful K.C. I've read your blog and it's fascinating !! You keep up the good work my friend !! Best from Rob !!"
" Simple Blessings, such a complex interwoven work of Art, it shines with inner beauty, for us all to Love !! Bravo K.C. !!!! All the very best from Rob ~"
Rob Royston, Musician, Songwriter from the United Kingdom.
From In The Key of Insanity
"I love classical music so much my favorites are Antonio Vivaldi George Frideric Handel Johann Sebastian Bach Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Ludwig van Beethoven Domenico Scarlatti and so many more I put you with them you are now my next favorites."
The Key of Insanity, Metal, Bolivar, Missouri, USA
K. C. Beckmann is a retired ordained clergy and life-long amateur astronomer. He is a long time member of the American Association of Variable Star Observers, an international organization devoted to the study of variable star astronomy. He has independently discovered novae for which he has received national and international recognition. His work as an amateur astronomer and nova hunter is the topic of many books and articles. His thirty seven plus years of experience in biblical studies and forty plus years of experience as a visual and photographic nova hunter helped solve a two thousand year old mystery of the Stars of Bethlehem. He is a recipient of the American Association of Variable Star Organization’s (AAVSO) Nova Award and awards for his work as a visual and photographic nova hunter. Beckmann has also written a semi-autobiographical book entitled, "Ghost Ships in the Night.
As a composer of easy listening and neo-classical music, Beckmann has to date released six albums with well over sixty musical selections. Known as Orchestrated Melodies, his compositions consists of flute, violins, violas, cellos and brass instruments including pitched percussion instruments. His music can be streamed on Apple Music,, Amazon Music and Spotify, and can be found on other internet music websites.