Benjamin Rickevicius – “Saxophone Quartet: Leaving Day” – Young Composer Score Call


Benjamin Rickevicius's "Saxophone Quartet: Leaving Day" is a charming and well-structured piece, that clearly exists more in the composer's head than in the MIDI realization.  The score can be found here, and the MIDI realization, that will sound much better and more fluid in real life, can be found here: The composer clearly has a …

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Madhvi Chittoor – “Joy Within Reach” – Young Composer Score Call


Madhvi Chitoor is 5 years old, and composed a piano piece titled "Joy Within Reach."  The score can be found here, and a MIDI realization here: As one sees, this is a motivic piece based on an ascending pattern, from scale degree IV, to V, to VI, VII, and I.  There is a clear development, …

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Jacob Sachs-Mishalanie – Pole, Steam, Tree, Glass


Jacob Sachs-Mishalanie's work "Pole, Steam, Tree, Glass" is an inventive approach to timbre, idiomatic writing, a certain poetry, and the interaction of acoustic and electroacoustic approaches.  As he writes in his program notes in the score, "Program Note: In this collection of four short pieces, I contemplate questions about electroacoustic music, searching not necessarily for …

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Steven Maheu’s Elements of Creative Force – Part 5


Hi All, Here is another image from Steven Maheu's Elements of Creative Force.  This explains how different elements can be contrasting or complementary to one another. We use the relationships between each number and another number to define if the two numbers are contrasting, or complementary.  This only applies when using the same color.  (We …

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Steven Maheu’s Elements of Creative Force – Part 4


Before we proceed with this post, it is worth noting that there have been some small changes in Steven Maheu's main Elements of Creative Force document.  The updated document can be found here: Today's post is going to be short on my end, because Steven has devised an exercise for you to try, using the …

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Aaron Mencher -“Uncertainly Yours”


Composer Aaron Mencher's work "Uncertainly Yours" is a very cohesive work that relies on intervallic tightness, but is extremely fluid and athematic.  Please download his score to follow along with this analysis. Here is the audio: The piece begins with the unifying interval that holds this piece tightly together, despite its arhythmicism and themelessness.  The …

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Steven Maheu – Elements of Creative Force


Steven Maheu, a composer currently based in my home state, reached out to me about an idea he has, for realizing, documenting, and hearing creative ideas: "I felt you may be interested in a type of toolbox I had created for music and art.  It has roots in an old ballet notation that has wide …

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