Part two done, not part three

I was able to finish that polyphonic section (many tunes at once) without disaster. It’s sort of odd – the soprano and alto have one theme that gets imitated and the tenors and basses have a different theme that gets imitated. I hope that’s OK. To me...

Time Distortion and Imitation

When I compose, I’ll work on some section for so long that I can get it in my head that it’s time fora big change but actually it’s not. The time I put in makes the section I wrote seem longer than it actually is. I can see why composers tend to...

FIre

I’m working on this new piece, Fire, and now that I have the opening section done I”m starting to type it into Finale, a computer program that engrave scores, and it is miserable! Very tedious and small to read. I might be able to zoom in come to think of...

Theory in Reverse

I have read that Music Theory, where you get very intellectual and logical about how music is built, has historically been figured out by people looking at past composers and seeing what they are doing. It is rare that a logical music theory is calculated in advance...

Imagining

Often right after I blog post I come up with some sort of new insight or idea and this happened today.I’ve been reflecting on some books and youtubes that deal with creativity and memory. A big part of the message is that imagination is vastly important to...

Rumi Piece Progress

I’m able to take the whole text and improv a piece surrounding it that almost holds water. I’m not trying to actually write it when I do this, I’m just familiarizing myself with the full text more deeply and experimenting with the musical language....