“A Complaint” – Young Composer Score Call


Composer 1's work "A Complaint" is based on William Wordsworth's poem of the same title.  Please view the score here and listen to it below. This work has an apt sense of gesture, time, and structure.  The opening gestures of the work return to us at the end, in a "bookending" format.  However, the opening …

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Kyle Grimm – Pitchforks and Crow’s Feet


Kyle Grimm's music spans the gamut of media and instrumentation.  A double bassist and dance collaborator, he also has experience working with ensembles and other performers.  This is evident in his work "Pitchforks and Crow's Feet". The score can be found here: Pitchforks and Crow's Feet for Flute, Cello, and Bass. This work relies heavily …

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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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Gísli Magnússon – Svartifoss


It seems more and more that Iceland is becoming a haven for new music and new sounds in Hartford, CT.  From the influence of Bjork to the Hartt School's international collaborations, the music of Iceland is seeping deeper into the Hartford area.  Gísli Magnússon's piece Svartifoss depicts a waterfall in his native Iceland, and is …

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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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Sight Reading Exercises for Guitarists – Book


Book available for purchase here Sight Reading Exercises for Guitarists The goal of this book is to provide a large volume of exercises that guitar teachers can use to help students gain facility with reading music. This book is not intended to teach sight reading. It is only meant to make a guitar teacher's job …

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