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More on Motivation

One way of thinking about composing is that I was born with a pretty solid ability to write and I’ve cultivated that for many years – no so much recently but I would composer for hours a day in the past. If I do have a gift, you can make an argument that...

Motivation

I have to get clearer on my motivation. There is the idea that if I write with discipline it’ll end up making me a more prolific and successful composer, and bring some money in. But that’s just all about me. There is nothing external about it, like a...

Do not Stand

I had some progress yesterday, I think this is going to be pretty natural to write. What I’m doing now is laying around with plaining chords and having the women’s part be exactly the same as the men’s part, just an octave higher. It makes a cool...

Reboot

Greetings! AS you may have figured out, I stopped writing my blog for a while. What happened was that I felt this relief of having Be Still getting done and it took some time for me to get motivated to write second piece. I go Do Not Stand up and rolling. I think...

Be Still Continues

I’ve been preoccupied with my composing because I have been waiting for Be Still to be turned into a real music, in this case a real recording. I think yesterday we got it. I don’t get the tracks for another day or two but then I’ll see if I have it...

Composing!

I”m working on my language for this piece and it’s a little too atonal. Or put differently it’s not melodic enough, and with this text that doesn’t compute very well to my ear, and I’ve got to trust my sense of taste when I write. What...

I Like to Write

One way of describing what I am doing is that I am finding the key or mode of the piece. Or some particular scale that doesn’t have a name. I’m finding that the general plaining chords are looking like quarters, and having a flow on motion in eight notes...

This is pretty neat

When I stick to my stacked fourths all the time the sound gets a little monotonous and it’s always a bit dissonant and that makes the piece a little exhausting. What I’m finding now is that I can still be in the stacked fourths but have passing tones which...

The Mighty Force of Plaining Fourths

I’m enjoying figuring out this language that I am going to write my new piece in. The left hand was low octaves but this meant I could only grab three stacked fourths with my right hand. So I move the bass up and now can stack four fourths using my left thumb....

Returning

I disappeared for a bit. Not happy about that life was pretty intense on the conducting side for a while. But I am back composing again. I think My Do Not Stand setting is going to be pretty doable to write. In college I wrote this piece that was balancing low octaves...

A Little Tricky

I tried today to get my improv for Do Not Stand to repeat itself because I thought it was a good model and I couldn’t get this to work at all. Irritation! At first I tried it today a cappella; then when I remembered I was going to try piano and choir things got...

Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there; I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow, I am the sun on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning’s hush I am the swift uplifting rush Of...

Next Piece

Hi all. I”ve been away on vacation in Chicago so I haven’t been writing this week, but I’m starting again today. I’m going to hold off on the chant piece for a bit. I have some sense of the energy I need for it but I don’t quite have the...

Away from the Piano

Before I mentioned a texture where I would have ancient chant, as best as I can do it, and have plaining chords below. I’ve ben wrestling with this on the piano and I am ending up with aimlessness. Not good! I think I shouldn’t try to write the tune and...

Over to the Piano

I’m working on my untitled chant piece.I’ve listened to Hildegard for ever by now and wrote a lot of chant myself. Only after writing my own chant did I realize that my understanding of Hildegard was pretty far off, both in pitches but also in rhythms. I...

Here Comes the Piece

I think I found the poem I needed. Blessed be the internet! This translation is floating around online – not sure what the deal is with copyright. If I’m going for some chant based writing this might be too short; but having found this poem I now need to...

More Chanting Still

I haven’t been able to write the last yesterday or today because I am flooded with recording post production for Composers Choir. But I have the ability to at least listen to more chant. It is so beautiful. I’ve been listening to two pieces I think I...

More Chanting

I think there may be no way to integrate real plainchant with modern notation, or mixed in with other independent musical ingredients. Or at least not in a strict tempo. And definitely no fixed meter. I’ve been listening and writing, and when I struggle to write...