Monday, September 12, 2016
Score of the week: http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/20562.html
The title is in reference to the fact that in 2003 the planet Mars made its closest approach to Earth in the last 59,620 years. Aldo Vitagliano, of the University of Naples in Italy, calculated that Mars hasn’t had as close a brush with Earth since September 12, 57,617 B.C., when Neanderthals ruled but modern man had begun to make inroads.
When I was writing this piece I was envisioning in my mind short ballet to go with the music.
The form of the piece is a simple arch, A (slow introduction in 4/4 time), B (the "chant" section of alternating time signatures and a slow increase in tempo), C (the central calm section in 11/4 time, basically a passacaglia that build ups as each voice is added then slows thins out as each voice drops out), The return of the B section and finally the return of the A section acting as a coda
o Through the void of space Mars approached ancient Earth.
o Fearful a Neanderthal shaman prays to the clan’s gods. o Slowly the clan joins the shaman in praying to their gods. o The prayer becomes a chant o The chanting breaks into a chaotic dance o The shaman start to pray again.
o While the clan sleeps the red star waxes and wanes in the autumn sky.
o The Shaman starts to pray again. o Slowly the clan joins the shaman in praying to their gods. o The prayer becomes a chant o The chanting breaks into a chaotic dance
o Through the void of space Mars returns.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
This a straight ahead Jazz tune that owes some of its inspiration to such classic Jazz tunes such as "So What" and "Killer Joe", with perhaps a very small dash of "City of Glass" thrown in. In 5/4 time and the Dorian mode; "Black Fire" for a large Jazz Orchestra (555+rhythm) is a bit dark, a bit edgy late at night, give me another whiskey sort of piece.
Score (PDF) and MP3 file at: http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/88632.html
Monday, July 11, 2016
Tuesday, July 05, 2016
Monday, June 13, 2016
on that winter day a butterfly floated on the cold mountain stream
A short character piece for solo piano with a six against four rhythmic scheme.
Score and MPS: http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/28682.html
Tuesday, June 07, 2016
A musical Haiku in 12/8 time divided 3+2+2+3+2. For a quartet of Alto Flute, Guitar, Bass and Drums.
Score and MP3 at: http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/32585.html
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
A short cruise through the semi-abandoned side streets and alleys of L.A during the wee hours of a hot mid-summer’s night
A Non-Standard tune in a quasi rondo form (arch form) for Jazz Quartet. Each of the three main Themes are in a different time signature: 5/4, 6/4 and 4/4.
Score and MP3 at: http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/38402.html
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
This is a tone poem for String Orchestra and Solo Bass Clarinet in which I tried to invoke the darkness/void/loneliness of deep space; out where there is nothing. 99.9999+ percent of the universe is an empty lonely place.
while I was writing this piece I imaged myself floating in the darkness of deep space billions of miles from any other being, billions of miles from even just another object, with just the faint dots of stars everywhere in the black void.
Score and MP3 at: http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/35987.html
Monday, May 16, 2016
For String Orchestra; A fugue in E minor in a slow 5/2.
In memory of Sr. Leonella Sgorbati, 1940-2006 Anno Domini.
Score and MP3 at: http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/52938.html
Monday, May 09, 2016
A short character piece for Oboe and Bassoon.
Ojiichan means Grandfather in Japanese. What do you picture when you listen to this? What would you title it? I would love to hear your suggestions
Score and MP3: http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/9817.html
Monday, May 02, 2016
First of a set of five Impressions. Impression of what you ask? That is up to your mind and ears to decide.
Listen to this piece in a calm and quiet spot.
Close your eyes.
Let the music take your imagination on a trip.
Score and MP3: http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/147406.html
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
An arrangement of Brahm's Lullaby for for big band. It features a flugelhorn soloist with the rest of band backing him up.
I have re-titled the piece Meisa’s Lullaby in honor of my granddaughter.
Those of you who take time to listen I hope you will enjoy it.
Score and MP3: http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/102617.html