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...