Elijah Hubler is what they call me… it’s a pleasure to meet you. I’m a young Christian who enjoys theology, writing, woodworking, composing, playing piano, playing frisbee with friends, and so many more things that I will refrain from telling you, lest we be here all day. I live in Arizona and strive to follow Christ in all that I do.
I must first thank God for blessing me with this gift of music. Next, I am thankful to my parents who God used to bring me here, my piano teacher for teaching me how to play the beautiful instrument, a family who likes singing and the many people who have encouraged me throughout my early years of composing and arranging.
At eight years old my parents wrote a document stating that I was required to learn piano and sealed it with their signet ring. *xD well, not exactly…* At the time, I liked the idea very much, but as I kept playing I soon learned that it demanded work and commitment. I tried to convince my parents to let me stop playing piano, but they kept encouraging me to keep going with the little skills that I had. I confess that I did’t willingly or fully obey them for the next several years. My mom told me that later on in my life I would thank them for what they were doing. I was far from believing that, though.
For years I didn’t excel in my skills as a pianist. I was a very inconsistent, stubborn and overall immature little boy who didn’t practice much at all. I must thank my piano teacher for her long-suffering towards me — the inconsistent student that I was.
Our church assembly holds an annual Christmas recital, and after a while, I found an arranger that I liked who had some techniques that were somewhat difficult for my level at the time. Over the course of three years I performed three of his pieces at the recitals, which were pieces I enjoyed to play. I am very thankful for the encouragement I have received from people who listened to me perform. All of this led to excitement about playing the piano. Eventually, I pulled out my lesson book (which is what I was really supposed to be working on) and began practicing the songs. All this led to a slow progression in my skills as a pianist.
There is a family in our church assembly who used to gather people together to sing hymns — harmony parts included :D. They moved out of state in 2008, but moved back about six years later. The singing time came back, but in smaller groups. I started to memorize the bass or tenor parts of various hymns, and over the course of about one year, my note reading improved dramatically. They’ve encouraged me with singing, and with the pieces I’ve composed/arranged, and I am thankful to them for spurring me on. Before I composed anything, I arranged a piece for our families to sing at another Christmas recital (we actually didn’t end up singing the arrangement, but that was my first messing around with music notes).
I listened to Sibelius’ second symphony a lot during that year, and the more I listened to it, the more it grew on me. I eventually liked it so much I wanted to play it on piano, but couldn’t find a transcription of it. After looking for a transcription without success, I decided to transcribe it myself. Looking over the whole score of that symphony was terribly fun — not to mention the desire it gave me to compose a symphony myself.
Eventually, I started my first composition, — a symphony. It was my first composition in the sense that I started it first, but I composed a few smaller pieces while composing the symphony. I’ve composed several pieces now, and have dozens of ideas just waiting to be turned into music.
It was one night that I was thinking about all of this. My two older sisters and my parents were talking in the other room. It was about time for bed and my parents and sisters walked in the room when they were done talking. I realized I should thank my parents for what they’ve done in requiring me to play piano. After all, if they didn’t force me to play piano when I was dead-set on not continuing, I wouldn’t know how to play the piano, sing harmony, compose, or arrange. I thanked them for what they did, and my oldest sister laughed:
“Mom told you that you would thank them later in your life!”
I said, “huh?”. . .
Psalm 33:3 says, “Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy.” Looking at that passage and the whole of scripture, it is evident that music is an important aspect of worshiping the Lord. And not only is it important that we worship God with music, but that we do so to the best of our ability and understanding — that is my goal, and that is the purpose of this site. Johann Sebastian Bach said it well when he stated, “The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.”
This website is primarily devoted to classical compositions and arrangements. The purpose of this site is to glorify God in everything, produce quality music to the best of my ability, bring that music to you, and discuss music itself; what it is, what it does, how it should be used, etc.
Hear more about all this on my blog.
“Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises! For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with understanding.”
-Psalm 47: 6-7