Ally Rose Czyzewicz
/ Portland, OR
Member since April 2019
My name is Alexandra Rose Czyzewicz, but those familiar with my work may know me as Ally Rose. I am a Polish-Italian American with a true love for my cultural background! Growing up in the Portland, Oregon area, I spent Saturdays attending Polish School where I studied the Polish culture. I also enjoyed weekly lessons with my Father learning to speak the language.
I spent my childhood studying violin, piano and voice and became obsessed with the idea of writing my own music and incorporating the Polish language! This began what would be a long-lasting passion for and devotion to writing original music and sharing my love for the Polish culture.
I studied music composition at Marylhurst University, and then at Portland State University where I received my BM in Music Composition.
I compose original music in many capacities: for choirs, bands, film, youth music programs, and anywhere else I can get involved. I am a self-published composer and many of my pieces have been performed by choirs and bands in the Pacific Northwest. I have also written several specialized pieces for specific performing groups, such as "Isc Dalej" commissioned by Madison High School choir director Jeremy Dell, and "Diversity" performed by Gladstone High School band directed by Seth Arnold.
I believe that music is unique in its ability to convey emotions that are too rich or complex to be described with words. That is something truly valuable, and as a composer I work to use that power to connect with my listeners. Each piece that I write is a collection of moments and memories, both my own, and those of the listener; though I write each piece with my own moments in mind, the listeners use their own memories to create for themselves a listening experience that is truly unique to each of them.
I write joyful music; music that is meant to inspire and enlighten rather than confuse or intimidate. Though it may be new and original, it should feel familiar and enjoyable even to an untrained lister. This is one reason why a memorable melody is important to me; though I strive to push boundaries and to remain adventurous and original, a clear and evocative melody should permeate even the most abstract sections of my music. I want my listeners to feel encouraged to participate actively in the listening experience, whether it be in the moment by clapping or dancing along, or in the long-term by picking up an instrument or taking a stab at composing themselves.
I write music that uses and combines a wide variety of styles and influences rather than just one; a given piece may blend jazz and blues with traditional choral music, while another may utilize both classical and fiddle elements in a single section. I also try to bring new colors and dimensions to my music through the use of recorded sound samples of the world around us. Water, wind, wildlife, and even ambient noise can be used to great effect. Children are another inspiration for me because of their innocence and purity. It is this type of pure, simple, true happiness that I try to evoke in my listeners. I also hope to use my music for the betterment of children; something they can both grasp and enjoy, as well as learn from; something that will broaden their horizons, but above all, something that will bring them joy.
3 · Medium Easy
We all bring something unique to the table, our our voices yearning to speak and our own hands working to move mountains. "Hands" is a piece about sharing our burdens and working together. We join hands in celebration of what we can accomplish together.
Feb. 7th 2020
Listen to works by Ally Rose Czyzewicz
High School Band
"Diversity" is a piece written for high school band, intermediate level. Every person is unique and has something special to offer to the world. A diverse community makes for a beautiful life bringing new ideas into the world. Celebrating differences and focusing on the joy and light is what this piece is all about. Each section gets the opportunity to shine and share!
SSA with piano accompaniment
Maria Konopnicka was the greatest Polish female poet from the times of realism, author of short stories and books for children, literary critic and translator. She was born on May 23rd 1842 in Suwałki. "Jesienią" meaning Fall is a beautiful reminder of how seasons change and how precious life truly is. The female voices blend together to create a sweet melancholy piece that floats in the misty autumn air.
TTB with percussion
Our world is full of people who live feeling alone and unwanted. Music, this music, can help bring us together. Trusting one another and having hope that we can make a difference is a great place to start! "Razem" is written for TTB with egg shakers. The piece is a challenging and exciting journey coming together to create something special and unique.
SATB Chorus with percussion
Iść Dalej is an intermediate level piece written for SATB chorus with percussion in the Polish language. The instruments featured are cymbals, snare drum, toms and bass drum.
For more information and performances of the piece visit: https://www.allyrosemusic.com/isc-dalej
"Cień" is a piece about connecting with one another. Taking time to appreciate love and the many ways it manifests itself in our lives. The Polish text is interwoven with the English poetic translation throughout the piece and melodic lines are shared between voices. The piece begins softly and builds in intensity as each part is yearning to love; to become as close as ones shadow. Through rhythmic repetition the lyrics change from Polish to English as the energy and intrigue continue. The piece ends with a feeling of unity.
Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska, both in her life and creativity, sought to experience and express love’s full spectrum, to reach fulfillment through love. Her poetry is philosophical, contemplating from the very outset transience and fate. It muses on human existence’s inextricable link with nature, and the inevitable deterioration of the human body.