Improvisation

When I approach structures that are not tonal or modal in convention, I usually pick something simple to work from.  The last improvisation used a set and the theoretical model of the harmonic series.  This improvisation is a simple movement from one pitch center to another: C# to Eb.  But it is far more complex … More Improvisation

Improvisation

The next series of posts will be a set of improvisations I have titled “Evening Improvisations.”  After the previous improvisation post, I realized that I would like to flex other musical muscles that I do not typically use during liturgies.  I doubt that my church and congregation would appreciate this sort of thing during a … More Improvisation

Improvisation

Many of my recent posts have been composition posts and decided it was high time to post an improvisation.  I have been really enjoying posting the various compositions, particularly the real and rejected sight-reading examples, that I haven’t been recording any of my improvisations.  This is a shorter improv, recorded at one of the Monastery’s Monday … More Improvisation

Composition

Here is another sight reading for fun: this time the rejected version.  As I like to plan ahead, I wrote this a couple of months ago in order to make sure that it would work for an actual jury.  This one is fairly abstract and difficult, particularly for sight reading.  Like the other sight reading, it … More Composition

Composition

In honor of updating the site recently and relocating this blog, I’m going to offer up something free and fun, namely a movement from the Seven Last Words.  The link goes to Soundcloud, something I have been finally getting around to using.  The movement pdf included for your veiwing pleasure is the third movement, the height … More Composition

Composition

For fun: this current end of term, I wrote the sight reading for our students at Duquesne.  Because of my dear colleague, I tried to write it in a somewhat, vaguely Langlais fashion.  The middle is definitely reminiscent of him.  Other than that, there are some twists and turns that made it enjoyable for me.  Get … More Composition