Compositions and Arrangements

Compositions and Arrangements

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Compositions

Original compositions by Ben Clapton. Ben loves to explore music in a variety of different styles, exploring the range of ensembles to create dynamic but approachable music.

  • Karrinyup Fanfare
    2022 was a year that sparked inspiration for me. I am not talking about just one spark either, but a series that beautifully led me to the creation of my piece. After seeing the 2022 MetSO program it was evident that it lightly using the Brass players, and I knew they were feeling a bit …

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  • Nullabor
    A minimalist piano piece inspired by a road trip across the Nullabor, the stretch of road between Adelaide and Perth in Australia. After an interrupted start, it expands into a molto perpetuo that depicts the continuous movement as you drive across this large continent. It expands, and changes in style, yet there is familiarity through …

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  • The Power of Jesus Christ will Reign
    A fun, boppy, composition suitable for performance in church. The lyrics of the Chorus read:And we thank you Lord Jesus for the things you’ve done,We’ve got a new heart from you and a new spirit too,and we will shout all your praises from the highest of heightsFor we are cleansed of our sins by the …

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  • Love Out Loud
    This song draws on 1 John 4:12, the Lord’s Prayer, and also a devotional by Joyce Meyer (although, I didn’t read the devotional, just liked the title). This is a choral arrangement of the recorded track, available at benclapton.id.au SATB and Piano, List price: US$4.99. Buy it here
  • The Stations of the Cross
    Introducing “Stations of the Cross,” a powerful and moving composition for string quartet and narration. This piece explores the biblical text of the 14 stations of the cross through four movements, creating a unique and meaningful musical experience. Perfect for Lenten and Holy Week services, this composition combines the emotional depth and expressiveness of a string quartet with the added dimension of narration. The result is a deeply moving and reflective work that will leave a lasting impact on your listeners. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to bring the powerful story of the Stations of the Cross to life through music. Purchase “Stations of the Cross (String Quartet and Narration)” today!
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Arrangements

As well as composing original music, Ben loves to engage in arranging music from a variety of genres. Ben’s arrangements are all available for purchase through Sheet Music Direct or Sheet Music Plus.

  • Abide with Me
    An arrangement of the classic hymn, “Abide with Me”, for String Quartet. Arranged by Ben Clapton. Suitable for Reflective performances.
  • Blue Skies
    Blue Skies, arranged for Violin, Viola and Cello. Advanced Intermediate due to double stops in Cello and Violin part, and use of swung rhythm.Written in 1926 as a last minute addition to the Rodgers and Hart musical, Betsy, the audience on opening night demanded 24 encores of this piece from Belle Baker. It has since been …

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  • Buy Dirt (Voice and Piano)
    Jordan Davis’ fantastic track, Buy Dirt was released in July 2021. Davis co-wrote this song with his brother Jacob, as well as brothers Josh and Matt Jenkins.Davis was reflecting on his friendship with Luke Bryan, and how he was a great dad, husband and friend. This song draws on that, creating a song that is …

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  • Choir – Guy Sebastian
    “Choir” is a song made by Australian recording artist called Guy Sebastian. The song was released on 31 May 2019 as the second single from Sebastian’s forthcoming ninth studio album. The song is dedicated to his great friend and musical collaborator Luke Liang, who died following a battle with mental health. Sebastian said “[His death] was very …

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  • Concertino in G, Op. 11 – Küchler
    German composer Ferdinand Küchler wrote this piece in 1934 and it became a staple in the beginner violin repertoire. Küchler was a renowned violin pedagogue, and his writings on teaching went on to shape violin pedagogy into the 1960s. This concertino of three movements was written to be performed in the first position. The first …

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  • Ding Dong!
    An exciting arrangement of “Ding Dong Merrily on High” that will challenge the choir whilst still providing interest and variety for all parts. Arranged for SATB Choir (without accompaniment), this arrangement sees each part take the melody at some stage. The verse is initially arranged in 5/4, which has a sort of Mission:Impossible, uneven waltz …

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  • Disciples, Kneeling, At the Cross
    Introducing “Disciples, Kneeling, at the Cross” – a powerful and moving brass band arrangement of “Am I a Soldier of the Cross” by Ira D Sankey and “At the Cross” by Darlene Zschech and Reuben Morgan. The first song “Am I a Soldier of the Cross” is a 19th century hymn written by Ira D. …

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  • Fine Line – Harry Styles
    Fine Line is a song from the second studio album by Harry Styles of the same name. An emotionally rich song that rounds out an album that is all about the fine line between happiness and sadness. This arrangement is a lead sheet (Chords and Melody with Lyrics) which is great for learning the song, …

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  • Head & Heart – Joel Corry ft. MNEK
    British DJ and producer Joel Corry produced an awesome hit with “Head and Heart”. Reaching number 1 in the UK, it was both Corry and vocalist MNEK’s first chart topper. With such a catchy vocal hook, I thought this would work really well as a choral arrangement. However, some of the vocal flourishes went a …

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  • Head Above Water – Avril Lavigne
    Coming from Avril Lavigne’s sixth studio album, Head Above Water was Lavigne’s first single since 2015. The song details her struggle with Lyme disease, writing “I had accepted death and could feel my body shutting down. I felt like I was drowning. Like I was going under water and I just needed to come up …

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  • Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God
    This modern hymn by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend is a thoughtful prayer to the Holy Spirit. It is an invitation to enter into a worship space, but also a challenge suitable for a response or a sending out. I currently have two arrangements of this piece. Piano and Vocal First is an arrangement which …

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  • I Ain’t Worried
    A lead sheet for OneRepublic’s single ‘I Ain’t Worried” from the ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ soundtrack. Melody line, chords and lyrics included in a short, easy to follow format that allows you to create your own performance. ‘I Ain’t Worried’ is a “pop-fuelled, upbeat number driven by cheery whistling and buoyant percussion” (NME).
  • I Ain’t Worried (String Orchestra)
    This upbeat hit by Onerepublic features in the film Top Gear: Maverick. Arranged here for String Orchestra (with optional drums), it’s filled with driving melodies that perfectly capture a sun-filled summer day. The first violin part heads into fifth position, but all other upper string parts can comfortably be played in first position. There is …

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  • I Will Remember You
    A beautiful song from Ed Sheeran’s “=” album, this song explores his memories and feelings after hearing the news of the death of a loved one, and being strong for the people around him who need a shoulder to cry on. I Will Remember You is an upbeat and meaningful song that explores grief in …

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  • In Christ Alone – Keith Getty and Stuart Townend
    “In Christ Alone” is a popular modern Christian hymn, written by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend. Composed in 2001, the lyrics of this song are credal in nature, speaking about the life, death and resurrection of Christ. This arrangement is an adaptable arrangement suitable for many uses. The first, repeated section contains a basic hymn …

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  • Me! – Taylor Swift cover
    Me! – by Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie – performed by two violins, piano, acoustic guitar, cajon, and tamborine. All instruments performed by Ben Clapton. ME! was written by Taylor Swift and Bendon Urie (From Panic! at the Disco), released on April 26, 2019. This arrangement is for two violins, one taking Taylor’s part, and …

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  • Pachelbel Canon in D for Solo Violin
    This is an arrangement I had made of Pachelbel’s Canon in D, arranged for Solo Violin. It is much adapted and abridged, and makes use of double stops to make the illusion of multiple voices in some parts, while reverting to single lines where necessary. Uses only the “interesting” parts. This arrangement is © 2006 …

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  • People Get Ready – Curtis Mayfield
    Arrangement for String Quartet. Starts in Db and modulates to D major. Melody passes through all instruments. “People Get Ready” was written by Curtis Mayfield, and was first a hit for the Impressions, with noteworthy covers by Bob Marley and the Wailers, Rod Stewart and Jeff Beck, and Human Nature. Rolling Stone magazine named it …

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  • Rattlin’ Bog
    I saw this song being sung by an Irish lass at the end of a wedding, and I thought to myself “I have to learn that song.” Watch to the end for some extra cuteness. I have also arranged it for SATB. This is a fun little piece with a humorous twist at the end …

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  • Silent Night
    This is a string quintet arrangement of the beloved holiday classic, “Silent Night.” This arrangement features violin 1, violin 2, viola, cello, and double bass, and is perfect for use in worship settings. The included lead sheet allows for easy integration into a worship band setting. Our arrangement captures the peaceful and serene atmosphere of …

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  • Starting Over
    An arrangement of Chris Stapleton’s award winning song, “Starting Over”, which won Song of the Year and Single of the Year at the 2021 CMA Awards. This arrangement gives all parts an opportunity to shine, producing a performance that captures the spirit of Stapleton’s lyrics.
  • Sunflower (From Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse) – Post Malone & Swae Lee
    Sunflower (from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) is an atmospheric, glitchy, soulful track that perfectly captures the movie that it’s from. Walking the line “between hip hop and dream pop” (Patrick Doyle, Rolling Stone), this arrangement for String Quartet attempts to capture that essence in a style that is still enjoyable for the players. The glitchy, …

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  • What the Lord Has Done in Me
    “Let the weak say “I am strong,” let the poor say, “I am rich”, let the blind say “I can see, It’s what the Lord has done in me.” This great song by Hillsong’s Reuben Morgan speaks of the amazing upside-down world that Christ provides.  This is an arrangement for Choir with Piano accompaniment, and …

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  • Wonder-working Power
    A driving arrangement of this wonderful hymn. The inspiration for this version came from playing this hymn at a young men’s spiritual retreat, where they would shout out an echo of the word “Power” in the chorus. This arrangement is an attempt to capture that passion and energy. The choral parts include some syncopation, but …

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  • You Found Me – The Fray
    “You Found Me” was released by American rock band The Fray in 2008. It was their third single to sell 2 million downloads in the US, and marked The Fray’s first number one hit in Australia. This is a lead sheet for the song, which has the melody and lyrics, and guitar chords. The song …

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