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Compositions Coming Alive

Chanting

This is proving to me that writing a good chant is a type of masterpiece that might require the same or more amount of musicality that significantly more complex pieces. It’s very hard, so far, so make even one convincing chant line. Also, if i do go chant style...

Stealing / Analysis of Hildegard

I’m going to write out the things I notice about Hildegard’s chants bit by bit. This is going to be a technical description so if you are not familiar with these terms you may find this bazaar. 1) Each chant phrase has a destination and it seems to be...

Hildegard – Chant Genius Continued

There are a few very short passages from Hildegard that I hear where there is polyphonic chant. I mean a few – like 20 seconds. I’m wondering if I should check out some organum. That’s where you take a chant and do parallel fifths or the like. This...

8 Part Chords and Melodic Lead

It’s a pretty basic rule that choral music gets really tricky if you go beyond 8 parts. There is a great line in the text, “There is a morning inside you waiting to burst open into light” where I have the chance to burst open into 8 part chords. The...

Let’s Think This Through a Bit More

This piece is exhausting. First I have to deal with concerns over the text that I better work out now, because I won’t be able to work it out later For example, I’m looking at the text and think the line “Love is a friendship that has caught...

Let’s Think This Through

My piece is a bit aimless. I had been thinking that I can fix it by dressing up certain things and circumnavigating certain problems, but I think now that this piece needs to go into the recycle bin and started over maybe using some of the same elements and material,...

I am the symphony of stars.

Rumi is great. These are short texts but I think I can get something out of them. MaybeI can use two but they ought to relate to each other somehow if they are in a one movement piece. I”m going to keep looking for quotes ands see if I can find a longer one. And...

More Rumi

I’m looking for texts by Rumi for my next piece. This is blog 2 on the subject. 1) Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames [this is good because this can be a fast piece which is typically in more demand. And I need to learn how to write fast...

Rumi

Here’s a bit what wikipedia says about Rumi. Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (Persian: جلال‌الدین محمد رومی‎), also known as Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī (جلال‌الدین محمد بلخى), Mevlânâ/Mawlānā (مولانا, “our master”), Mevlevî/Mawlawī (مولوی, “my...

The Void and the Solution

I have post-composing confusion and don’t quite feel like I know what to do with myself. I don’t think I’m ready to start another piece fora few days. I think I can get started in about a week. I’m going to write another choral piece....

That’s a Lot of Composing

Today I spent as much time writing as I did when I was young, or maybe more. When I started my reboot with piano improv I could only get a few minutes out before feeling burnt, but today I had hours and feel I could do more except my piece is finished. I hope...

Hmmm

Here is the rough first page of Be Still. Today I was stuck on section three, yet unrecorded. Having a compositional problem is painful and there is a great pressure to fix the problem ASAP. I think I found a solution to my third section. I hope so because I’ve...

Ouch!

Two days ago I woke up with some little thing stuck in my right eye. I pulled my eyelids around all over the place but I just couldn’t get rid of it. (It disappeared on its own a few hours later.) This situation, redoing the third section of the piece,...

Oh dear

The opening of the third section in Be Still is just too low. I have to raise it, which means I might have to redo the whole third section. What a buzz kill. I think I know more or less what I have to do but I have to take this back to handwritten manuscript and...

Now What?

Be Still and I am God is about as done as it’s going to get. I think if I change anything now it would be a mistake. The only reason I would change it is that I’ve listened to it and gone through it so many times that I might find it too predictable and...

Be Still Be Done?

This piece started out as 80 second piece setting just the words Be Still and Know that I am God. With a bit of research I found that this is part of a him with three verses, so now I’ve written a three section piece that is a little over three minutes long....

Be Still part Three

I guess there is no mandate that this piece has three parts but it seems to feel right. SO I’m working on the final part. I’m content with the middle section. I’m using a texture I got off an old piece that never got done called Crystal Songs where...

Be Still Part Two Continued

I realized I have the text out of order. The second section should be “I am the Lord that healeth thee.” This fits find into the notes I have written, better than “In thee, I O Lord, I put my trust” so I am lucky on that one. I go to...