Monday, May 02, 2016

Score of the week: Impression No. 1

   
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.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Score of the Week: Meisa's Lullaby

    
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.




Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Score of the Week: The Heat Death of the Universe


An atmospheric piece for  solo bass clarinet (plus effects) using a limited number of pitch classes in its composition.


You Tube: The Heat Death of the Universe
Score and MP3: The Heat Death of the Universe

Monday, April 11, 2016

Score of the Week: "...and into dust you shall return"

... and into dust you shall return

Another Fugue for String Orchestra

This piece started when I challenged myself to come up with a fugue subject that spanned less than a fifth, was fairly simple rhythmically and very short. Previously my various fugue subjects tended to cover a large range and where long when compared to fugue subjects from the Renaissance. What I came up with is a seven note subject that covers the interval of just a perfect fourth. Harmonically the subject is in the Phygian mode.
 
MP3 and Score:  "... and into dust you shall return"

  

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Score of the Week: Forgotten Thoughts

  
Forgotten Thoughts

A laid back 12/8 groove featuring a soprano vocalise followed by a harder 4/4 middle section and finishes up with a return to the 12/8 groove. Ten minutes of sounds and textures that go nowhere.


MP3 and PDF Score: Forgotten Thoughts
                 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Haiku of the Week

  
White petals stained pink
Falling, Drifting, Descending
Once more spring arrives.
         

Monday, March 21, 2016

Score of the Week: Whatever


Whatever

A little Jazz number in a fast 7/8. Based on a fragment of an idea I wrote in a notebook in the late 1970’s.

The MP3 recording was done with Garritan's JABB and Sonar.


Monday, March 14, 2016

Score of the Week: Impression No. 2

Impression No. 2

Second in 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 and let the music take your imagination on a trip.

Score and MP3
    

Monday, March 07, 2016

Score of the week: Jesus Wept


Jesus Wept

 A shot motet done in pseudo Renaissance style. Based on the shortest verse in the Bible. The MP3 recording uses Pythagorean tuning, not modern equal tempered tuning.

Score and MP3 recording

Monday, February 29, 2016

Score of the Week: Eous

Eous

"Eous" is a piece for a Jazz group consisting of Soprano Sax, Vibraphone, Bass and Drums.

Please take a listen to the MP3 for an example of one way the piece could be interpreted. Thank you.

"Eous" is a made up word with no meaning.


Score and MP3
 
   

Monday, February 22, 2016

Score of the Week:

String Quartet #1 (Yuki)


This is a short five movement piece for string quartet. Each movement is only about one minute each. And each movement is one line of a Tanka that I wrote about Snow (Yuki). I wrote the second movement first and all of the material in the other four movements appears in or is derived from the second movement. Given this, one can think of the first movement as a prelude with the second movement being the main movement. The fifth movement re-states the main motifs of the first four movements, combining them into one large polyphonic mass.

Unable to sleep I listen throughout the night to the silent song of falling snow in my yard. With the soft dawn, satori.

The first movement is built around the pentatonic scale F# G B C# D. (The Japanese Hirajoshi Scale; 平調)
The second movement is built around the pentatonic scale C# D F# G# A.
The third movement is built around the pentatonic scale D Eb G A Bb.
The fourth movement is built around the pentatonic scale C Dd F G Ab, but does not strictly adhere to the scale in places.

The fifth movement is built around the pentatonic scale C# D F# G# A, but does not strictly adhere to the scale in places

Monday, February 15, 2016

Score of the week: 59,620 YEARS

59,620 YEARS


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
Ballet Outline
Section A (4/4)
o Through the void of space Mars approached ancient Earth.
Section B (Mixed Meters)
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.
Section C (11/4)
o While the clan sleeps the red star waxes and wanes in the autumn sky.
Section B (mixed meters) (Return of)
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
Section A (4/4) (Return of) (Coda)
o Through the void of space Mars returns.