Posts tagged 2012
Posts tagged 2012
Last night, Lenore Edwards, who was the assistant concertmaster of the Earlham Symphony Orchestra and a close personal friend of mine, passed away in Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. She was severely injured in the train accident on November 9th, and managed to hang on for just over two weeks before she finally succumbed.
For the second time this month, the Earlham community (myself included) are reeling from the loss of such a vibrant participant in campus life.
My last memory of Lenore, probably less than eight hours before the horrible accident that would eventually claim her life, was of her stopping me on my way back from orchestra to tell me how much she loved my arrangement of ‘To The Spring,’ and how well she thought I’d played in rehearsal that day. It’s a good memory, coming after a lot of other good memories. Lenore loved to share the things she loved with other people, and so I got to know a lot about her life in a very short time.
Now I worry about Graham, because he’s the only survivor now. He was out of the hospital ten days ago, should be returning to classes today. I worry about the guilt he might feel to be the only one spared. I hope he’ll be all right.
Please, if you can, take a moment out of your days to hold Lenore in the Light. She was so loved; she deserves our thoughts.
This morning, sometime shortly after midnight, three Earlham students were struck by a train while crossing these tracks. One of them, a senior Art History major, was killed outright. The other two were flown to Dayton, where they both spent several hours in the Trauma center. One of them (a senior music major, and very close friend of mine) has since regained consciousness without needing surgery. The other, a Sophomore, received much more severe injuries, and was still in Trauma at 1:00 this afternoon. She’s since been downgraded to the ICU, and is apparently stable, although she’s still in the danger zone. I knew both of these students very well. Graham (the less-injured survivor) and myself had spent almost an hour that afternoon dissecting the last three measures of a CPE Bach piano sonata, and then gone to orchestra rehearsal together. He was supposed to play cello for a wedding in town tomorrow, something he was looking forward to.
The entire Earlham campus was shut down today. All classes were canceled, and most people are still reeling from the shock of all this. I know the music department especially was feeling particularly overwhelmed by events, to the point where we all decided we needed to spend the day together to keep the anxiety and emotional trauma at bay. It’s incredibly hard to not notice the gaping hole in our numbers, even though we know he’ll probably be fine. It’s especially hard for me, because he was the only other composition major on campus, and we normally talk shop when the department gets together. To have him absent was… surreal.
I’m just… I don’t know guys. I think I might need to cry a bit.
I did a lot of these my freshman year. This was the biggest one (four flutes, three oboes, six clarinets, three bassoons, brass in threes, celesta, 2 harps, organ choir, strings, and percussion).
I’m going to re-work this sometime soon, so that it’s, you know, ACTUALLY PLAYABLE BY ANY ORCHESTRA THAT CURRENTLY EXISTS or something. Whatever. It was fun.
We’re trying to raise awareness of his kidnapping among the Earlham community, and the internet at large.
Also, he likes very weird things. Don’t hold it against him. You’d like weird things too if you had one of your pine cones removed.
At The Cradle
A thing I did a long time ago for woodwind section. An arrangement of a Grieg piece for Piano solo.
Hello ESO Members!
Here’s the recording I promised I’d put up on Thursday. Please listen to it while you read your part, so you can get an idea of what’s going on around you. I know we can pull this off really well, judging by how good the read-through went at the last rehearsal.
Thank you so much, you guys. I’ve been waiting a long time to see how this sounds with real people instead of my computer, and it’s been totally worth the wait.
Symphony No. 1 in A Minor: 1. Adagio Maestoso - Allegro ma non troppo (Draft)
Hah! Made it to the end of the first tonal group (the A minor one), and started on the second one (C major/G major). It’s been a rough start, but I’m starting to get really excited about writing more and developing what I already have until there’s a full hour of music (by which point, I think I will probably exceed the file size limit for Tumblr, but whatever).
Oh my FREAKING GOD YOU GUYS! You have no IDEA how excited I am about this whole project now that I’m actually going somewhere with it! About realizing that after three failed attempts (in the past five years) I’m finally (possibly) going to be adding my own symphony to the classical tradition. About finishing the first movement and handing the manuscript to my adviser and saying “Here. It’s my first symphony.”
Yeah, there’s stuff I’m not too jazzed about in the material I’ve already written, and there’s stuff that I’m worried about down the road (like how I’m going to write a convincing slow movement, or how I’m going to adapt my thematic material to a triple meter (for the Scherzo), but that stuff’ll come later. Right now, I’m a little too pumped to care.
So, here’s a little bit more of my sketching on my first symphony in a minor. I’m sorry for ending on the chord I did. Or maybe I’m not.
There are piccolo concertos. That’s actually a thing.
I’m a little scared that one day I will have one performed in my presence.
So, after what feels like a REALLY long dry period, I’ve got something new (or, if I’m being honest, progress on something I posted a while ago). After trying a bazillion different ways to move on with the music, I finally went with this. I’m not sure if the current end will be the actual end (I’m pretty sure it won’t but I may be convinced otherwise).
Once again, this is a bit of a gift for Ferio, the artist and writer of Breath.
Here’s the second installment of “Orchestra for the Deaf.” I’ve picked the harp for today because of reasons.
Day 1: The English Horn
Brief summary of this project: for one month (from October 1st to October 31st), I will make one post a day that describes the sound of an instrument of the orchestra in terms that make sense to someone who has never heard sounds.
So, I like, JUST realized that I never uploaded the final draft of this last spring when I was writing it. I mean, it’s mostly the same, but it has one or two changes that I think make it work loads better! So, here AGAIN is the last movement of the Greyscale Suite for Large Orchestra.
I’m slowly working on putting the four movements together into one file, so that you can hear what it would be like in performance. Unfortunately, I’m having a LOT of trouble with the balance of the orchestra, so it’s taking me forever. HOWEVER, once I DO finish it, I think I may have someone who would be interested in helping me get it performed by no less than the Indianapolis Pops Orchestra (which is basically the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra when it’s not playing repertoire from the classical canon). My composition teacher moonlights as one of their conductors, and he’s been really excited about this for a while.
Anyway, here’s this again, finished for the time being (although I may change a few things around when I pair it with the other three parts of the Greyscale Suite). Happy Listening!
My First tone poem, re-worked about a bazillion times to date, but still with the same thematic structure. I based this one off of some themes by a well-known Japanese composer. I’m going to guess that a whole bunch of people will recognize who it is when they hear me quote one of his more famous themes. (I’ll have to take the quote out before I consider publishing it, but whateves).
Oh god, that second half is going to get a SERIOUS re-working one of these days. Still so far to go, but I like parts of it now, so I’m posting it anyway. Wrote this back in 2009, on Finale PrintMusic 2006 (which is to Finale 2011 what MS Paint is to Sai).
This weekend we had a FANTASTIC group come to Earlham as part of our Artist Lecture Series. Armonia Celeste focuses on music from the early Baroque period in Italy. They use historically informed performance practices that make their concerts just STUNNING to listen to. I got a bit of one of their songs on my phone that I’ll upload later, but I wanted to tell you to go and look at their website now: http://www.armoniaceleste.com/
They’re on tour right now, going to Cincinnati tonight, then Columbus and Ann Arbor Michigan. If they’re going to be near you, you should totally go see them (and, if you get a chance to talk with them, remember to say that you found them on my tumblr)!
ALSO, IF YOU’RE OVER THE AGE OF 18 AND A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES, YOU SHOULD REGISTER TO VOTE! And, if you’re not at home, also remember to request an absentee ballot from your state, like RIGHT NOW. Seriously, the deadline is coming up!