This summer I spent two weeks at the St. Mary’s Summer Composition Intensive in Notre Dame, Indiana. My favorite part of the Intensive was the fact that it encouraged me to experiment with composing in ways that I hadn’t before, such as writing site specific music or electronic music. Each day, our morning would consist … More Noodling around in Notre Dame
Last week, Joan Tower visited the University of Redlands as part of the Frederick Loewe Symposium in American Music. Like many other students in the music department, I never grew tired of the humor and wittiness she brought to every event, whether it was a performance of her music, a panel discussion, or masterclass. As … More Freefalling Through Time
While Christopher Coppola visited the University of Redlands a few weeks back, one of the things that he mentioned in the PAH FEST kickoff was that he pushes his film students to have a very clear vision of what they want their projects to look like before they even start filming. As he talked … More Finding a Clear Vision
Recently, I’ve been inspired to write a piece for voice and a small chamber ensemble. As I was browsing the tags on this site to review some of the vocal music I’ve come across in the past couple of years, I realized that the number of vocal pieces listed is highly disproportionate to the number … More Searching for a voice. . . and chamber ensemble.
…sometimes I just don’t feel like picking them up. Not yet. The flute piece that I intended to write did not at all happen the way that I had planned, unfortunately. Aside from failing to guard my time to write (i.e. not getting up early enough to counter the other things I had to do), … More When the pieces fall down…
Here are some of the pieces that I’ve revisited or discovered so far in one way or another during my brainstorming. Several of them were already on my iPod. Syrinx, by Claude Debussy Density 21.5, by Edgar Varèse Zoom Tube, by Ian Clarke Sweet Pea, by Project Vox Balaenae, by George Crumb Federico’s Little Songs … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: My Flute Playlist
I found a call for scores recently asking for a piece for solo flute, and although I already have a piece for alto flute, I’d prefer to write a new one. The last one I wrote was early freshman year, but I can do better I’m sure. I only have a couple of days to … More Hold your horses, Sakari.