Saturday, November 15, 2008

Updates, coming soon.

Now that I've dropped one of my more time consuming classes, I'll be posting some updates. While I found the daily composing to be a bit hard and possibly unhealthy on my creativity, I feel it's in my best interest to attempt some more-than-occasional writing.

First on the agenda is the woodwind quintet piece (Thirty-Two)-- I have some revisions I need to make, which I will post as I finish them. I may have mentioned that it was finished a few months ago, but while I might not have been composing daily I've at least be contemplating it daily, and it needs some work. (Also, a review of the piece in early August with my old professor led to some suggested alterations which I think will help tighten up the piece quite a bit.)

Second is the piece I mentioned in the previous post, based off of material from Twenty-Seven. One thing at a time, however. We'll get to this eventually!

See you soon, I hope!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

33 ... coming soon.

Next Monday I'll be starting on a new composition, based on material from Twenty-Seven. The latter half of it has always appealed to me. I might try and work in some material from the tuba solo in Thirty. I'll shoot for seven days again, though after the eleven days it took for Thirty-Two, I'm obviously in no rush. A fully composed piece is a fully composed piece, no matter how you look at it.

I wish I had better reasoning for neglecting my compositional promises, but I've just been avoiding it. It's something I need to do, for sure. I may do a writing day this weekend, possibly about John Cage, since there is quite a bit to say about him and his ideology is one of the reasons why I chose to study music at the ripe age of 19.

So, my few faithful readers, get your bookmarks, RSS feeds and refresh button ready. I know I'll have a hard time keeping up with the Daily Composer when classes start at the end of August, so let's see if I can get some writing done before then.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

I haven't given up. Not completely!

Not that the ODEO one is bad, but I'd like to host it locally and not rely so much on third-party linking.

This one is open source and pretty nice, I believe. Thoughts?

I'll be back in the groove soon, hopefully before the week is up. I may have mentioned it before, but when I have lots of down time I tend to be very unproductive. Perhaps I should have taken a class or two this summer.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Thirty-two. (Day 11.)

A week later ... I needed to take a break. Bernstein may have said that composers should write two minutes of music each day, but Bernstein apparently didn't have a full time job at the same time.

Here it is, in its entirety. I think it's finished. I had some issues transitioning from the exposition into the recapitulation, but I think it should work okay. In the recap of the second theme at the end, I dropped it down to match the "key" of the first theme (although it's more of a "tonal center" than a key) and, in doing so, needed to make some orchestration adjustments.

Tomorrow I'll do some final clean up and call it quits on this piece.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Thirty-two. (Day 10.)

Not much done today. Changed a bit of the transition from the section ending at measure 138. Still needs some work, but at least it's something!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Thirty-two. (Day 9.)

Ok, if I haven't felt productive in the past week I most likely made up for it today after a four hour stretch of composing.

I think that would make the entire development. I hate to say it, but the stuff I wrote for Eleven just really seems tacked on at the end, even though I sort of set up just about everything you hear through out the entire piece and made sure the transition into it was fairly smooth. (That long pause is supposed to be a brief pause. And the oboe sounds like a cat being strangled in the last part, though I have no idea why.) I'll have to mess around with it some more and see if I can get it to fit.

PDF and mp3 are the complete thing, because I figured it would be best for you all to hear it in its entirety at this point. I feel like I just ran a marathon. Done for the day.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Thirty-two. (Day 6 through Day 8.)

Ok, a little behind on posting, but not on writing.

Day 6:

This here is a means of getting into the development from the end of the exposition. Slow notes, very much like the beginning. I felt, however, it was too much like the beginning. The PDF show from measure 57 to the end. The audio clip is from measure 63 to the end.

Day 7:

I decided that jumping into a slow section following the exposition would be a terrible idea, almost setting the ear up to hear slow-fast-slow-fast which can get tedious after awhile. Instead, I chose to play more on a fragment from the second theme. Audio clip is just the new bit after the exposition.

Day 8:

Ok, I passed the 7 day mark but I'm determined to finish this, as long as it takes. This is the daily composer, and I'm composing daily, so that still counts in my book.

Expanding more on the newer section, working in the minor 3rd sequencing. Obviously harmony needs to be added to the last bits, but I wanted to get them down. I went through and cleaned as much as possible, fixing any doubling, unintentional octaves, etc.

The recording for Day 8 is just the new bit. PDF is the entire thing, even the slow bit at the very end (that I'm hanging on to in case I decide to use it ...)

It's coming along, more or less. Don't mind the messy scores -- I'll be going through at the end to do a major cleaning. I might spend a couple days on two measures, but once I figure out what I'm doing I can move along pretty quick. Some of it sounds/looks ugly, but once I get it cleaned up I promise it won't be so bad. You have to put the wall up before you can paint it, you know.