Improvisation

Happy Pentecost!  This week I did a trio on the tune “Sine Nomine.”  There are few hymn writers whose tunes never need more and Vaughn Williams is one of them.  The trio is certainly one of the more difficult forms to improvise in, but that’s what challenges are for.  Didn’t the immortal Bach himself write … More Improvisation

Improvisation

As mentioned before, I have decided to retitle these pages with just the simple “Improvisation.”  This weeks entry is an interesting one that requires a little explanation.  Usually, these this are straight forward: there’s a tune and I use it.  This week, I decided to use the homily as my jumping point.  Fr. Vincent gave … More Improvisation

Compline

Congratulations Jacob Temple!  He recently completed his Junior Recital at Duquesne University and choose one of my works for his modern American composition.  The Divine Office, BCB 11, is a great set of pieces.  For the most part they are fairly practical, though some are tougher than others, and can be used any time of … More Compline