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...