Composition

And today I present one of, what I think is, my best pieces.  This Mass, in some crazy way, balances the old and the new, the simple and the complex, the art and the liturgy.  That’s a bold claim, but it’s a one of those rare moments of clarity where everything just lined up and … More Composition

Improvisation

Today, I present two improvisations 0n the same chant and text.  One of the nice things about playing two Masses on Monday is I get to have multiple chances to improvise on the same tunes.  Interestingly, this is a Marian memorial and includes an Ave Maria, an improvisation that I wasn’t totally happy with for … More Improvisation

Improvisation

This week’s improvisation involved an excellent chant text.  “Super flumina Babylonis” means “by the waters of Babylon.”  Knowing that piece of information, I tried incorporate a water-like texture based on the chant in very quick succession before introducing the chant in shorter tones.  One of the great challenges of improvising in a liturgical setting is … More Improvisation