Why is the music of the 20th century (and beyond) so loved, hated, and controversial?
How does one deal with interruptions? We need to get our work in. We still have our own deadlines. And we do need to interrupt others, too, because that is how life happens.
We will all be forgotten long after we pass. And that is precisely why you have every reason to live the life that will make you the most fulfilled.
Cullyn D. Murphy's "Agony" is a riveting, fast-paced work that fuses spoken word, percussion, mixed media, and theatrical elements to push the idea of what musical organization is, and what music is.
As a composer and an arts administrator, I work by hand on both musical scores and countless documents at the office. Over the years, I have come to rely on certain pens.
Here is a look at some tools I am currently using as part of my "audio toolbox", and some tools I am looking at myself.
I write a lot about technology here. But there is no technology more important to a composer than paper. Whether one uses pen or pencil, the use of paper is integral to one's development as a beginning composer and as an advanced one.
As one progresses, one becomes more and more specialized. Coursework selection, private study, extra studies outside of the university, thesis and dissertation all hone one to become less diversified, and more specialized.
One work that has really helped me recently is a text about Buddhism, but if you remove the Buddhist front it really is a text about being in the moment, regardless of your belief system.
I have continued to expand my fluency with Dorico. I have been focusing on familiarity with Write Mode over the past week or so, by composing a set of 3 preludes for piano.
It is invigorating to both think quickly, and to use that to accomplish tasks. However, having racing thoughts is much different than thinking quickly.
In this post, I aim to tackle a feeling of powerlessness we feel as musicians, as a metaphor or mirror to anyone who feels powerless.
You can apply mindfulness to all aspects of being a musician. However, the goal is not to become a virtuoso in music through mindfulness.
Paul Brennan's piece "Swinging on the Playground" is a light, lively, rag-time-inspired work for solo piano.
This submission to the young composer score call brings to mind film music, outer space, romanticism, and the works of Gustav Holst.
Here is one of my current projects. I have used Dorico to create the "score", and have created a Max/MSP patch to facilitate live performance. The only additional component I need to create is a backing track audio file in Logic, for use with the performance.
This piece features a lilting sense of phrasing, a consistent sense of meter, and a melody that will surely "sing" on a real instrument (the MIDI playback lacks the nuance required to fully experience it).
I had a old piece that I had made in Finale 2010. When I upgraded to Finale v. 25 I imported it, and it produced the same, exactly engraved, result. I then exported it to XML, and imported it into Dorico.
Firmly rooted in the American Mavericks tradition, this work fuses hymns with polytonality and misalignment, a la Charles Ives.
Scott Blasco's work "Queen of Heaven" is a devotional-type meditation for piano and electronics.