Composer of Music for Live Performance

Solo Instrument to Large Ensemble

Arthur Breur, ComposerPortland composer Arthur Breur started seriously studying piano as a child of eight after his grandmother, Jocelyn—the second wife of his dad’s father—passed away. The two had been close, and his weekend stays at her home inevitably included him asking her to play piano.

At ten he started taking lessons, having already taught himself a variety of music, including various movie score themes and ragtime pieces. He gradually discovered that he enjoyed composing and playing his own music more than playing what was assigned to him by his piano teacher.

From the start, his compositions were very affected by the music in movies and on television. It is not in jest that he points to the music performed on such television shows as “Sesame Street”, “The Electric Company”, and “The Muppet Show”—not to mention the superb songs of “School House Rock”—as sources of inspiration. Further, many excellent scores for movies of that time, such as Escape to Witch Mountain, Close Encounters, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Trek, and others, fascinated him and formed his ideas on how music should “work”—with accessible, easily remembered themes that can be associated with specific things, people, or feelings. His music was also heavily influenced by an excellent music program at his childhood church.

By that time he had been studying piano for eight years, he had composed more than a dozen pieces, and had lied about his age to get into a college-level music theory course. He studied piano performance and composition and got his Bachelor of Music degree from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. His college piano instructor worked with his desire to compose by assigning him works by composers that inspired him. Works by Prokofiev and Ravel in particular influenced his compositional tone considerably. Around this time, Danny Elfman’s film music also came to his attention and provided yet another dimension of sound to pursue.

In the early 1990s, he collaborated with lyricist, comedian, and singer, Cristopher Blake. Between them they wrote more than twenty songs, many of which were performed live at various Los Angeles cabarets and open-mic nights.

Over the more than 35 years he has been composing, he has written more than 120 individual pieces, including works for five weddings, two Christmas revues, numerous videos, and one short film, Leah (2008), directed by Neil H. Weiss.

Arthur Breur currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his husband, Brian, whom he met in 1996.

Tualatin Overture by Arthur Breur. Performed by the Tualatin Valley Symphony on May 21, 2017.
(Notes from the composer…)

Recent Projects & Commissions

  • 2018 – Overture for the 30th Anniversary of the Tualatin Valley Community Band: “Tuesday Night Overture”, premiered December 2018.
  • 2017 – “Tualatin Overture”, premiered May 21, 2017, now the official overture of the City of Tualatin, Oregon.
  • 2016 – Official March for the US Army’s 44th Air Defense Artillery, “Per Ardua”.

The highlight of a special weekend for all of us…

Dear Arthur,

What an exciting experience this has been. I am so grateful for all your work on creating this beautiful gift for my sister.
I know that it will be the highlight of a special weekend for all of us.

Christopher Minnes

2015-09-23T10:01:36-07:00

Christopher Minnes

Dear Arthur, What an exciting experience this has been. I am so grateful for all your work on creating this beautiful gift for my sister. I know that it will be the highlight of a special weekend for all of us.

…an exhilarating, uplifting theme that soars.

“Suddenly I have a new and exciting way for people to remember me!

I craved a way to lift spirits and get audiences of entrepreneurs and small business owners revved up at the opening of my keynote presentations and workshops. I sought to convey the power of bringing an idea to life, presenting it to the world and seeing it take on a life of its own.

Arthur gave me Launch! — an exhilarating, uplifting theme that soars.”

Jerry Fletcher, Z-Axis Marketing

2015-11-06T06:54:43-07:00

Jerry Fletcher, Z-Axis Marketing

“Suddenly I have a new and exciting way for people to remember me! I craved a way to lift spirits and get audiences of entrepreneurs and small business owners revved up at the opening of my keynote presentations and workshops. I sought to convey the power of bringing an idea to life, presenting it to the world and seeing it take on a life of its own. Arthur gave me Launch! — an exhilarating, uplifting theme that soars.”

…the sheer beauty of it.

…it almost never fails to bring tears to my eyes from the sheer beauty of it. I am so very grateful.

Celia Volk

2018-12-11T04:46:44-07:00

Celia Volk

…it almost never fails to bring tears to my eyes from the sheer beauty of it. I am so very grateful.

A delightful afternoon… a magical moment in music

I recently had the pleasure of attending a piano concert performed by Arthur Breur. It was a delightful afternoon, filled with music of Arthur's creation, laughter (Arthur is an engaging speaker and entertainer), and friendship. I sincerely hope that you will give yourself and your friends this gift of a magical moment in music.

Annette Saarinen, Portland, Oregon

2014-10-01T14:47:18-07:00

Annette Saarinen, Portland, Oregon

I recently had the pleasure of attending a piano concert performed by Arthur Breur. It was a delightful afternoon, filled with music of Arthur's creation, laughter (Arthur is an engaging speaker and entertainer), and friendship. I sincerely hope that you will give yourself and your friends this gift of a magical moment in music.

“Wonderful music… fascinating… wow!”

A performance by Arthur is more than simply listening to wonderful music. It’s fascinating to hear about the process of composing the piece, not from the highly technical view, but from the perspective of the intention of the composition. I love the inventive nature of his work. As I listen to different pieces I can imagine Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse dancing, monsters under the bed, and robots on the march… wow!

Shell Tain, Portland, Oregon

2014-10-01T14:45:28-07:00

Shell Tain, Portland, Oregon

A performance by Arthur is more than simply listening to wonderful music. It’s fascinating to hear about the process of composing the piece, not from the highly technical view, but from the perspective of the intention of the composition. I love the inventive nature of his work. As I listen to different pieces I can imagine Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse dancing, monsters under the bed, and robots on the march… wow!