Monday, September 12, 2016

Score of the week: Ballet — 59,620 YEARS

59,620 YEARS — A Ballet in One Scene

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.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Score of the Week: Black Fire

  
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

Score of the week: Thou Stars of Winter

A short character piece for harp and flute.

The titles of the three movements form a Haiku.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Monday, June 13, 2016

Score of the Week: on that winter day

  
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.


Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Score of the week: Dark Stairs in a Strange City . . .

   
A musical Haiku in 12/8 time divided 3+2+2+3+2. For a quartet of Alto Flute, Guitar, Bass and Drums.




Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A Short Cruise ...

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

Score of the week: “the darkness between the stars”

     
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.



Monday, May 16, 2016

Score of the Week: Threnody for a Servant of God


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

Score of the Week: Ojiichan

 
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

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.