Posts tagged Original Work
Posts tagged Original Work
I know I’ve been AWOL recently, mostly because of school and a bit of writers block. However, I have been working on stuff on and off, like this thing, which is a set of variations based on a theme I remembered from a documentary on high-altitude nuclear testing (weird, right?)
Anyway, I’m doing this for an independent study on thematic development in music. I have to write something new every week that uses whatever techniques I’ve observed from the score study I’ve been doing. So, here’s what I’ve got done so far. The challenge here was to create a 4-note idea, and expand upon it (like Beethoven 5, which is what I was studying while writing this). I’m fairly happy with the result, although I think I’m going to add more movements to this at some point.
Still working on this. I’ve now got the basic structure finished, and I’m thinking that I might add some more development to each section unless people tell me they like it the way it is.
I AM NOT DEAD YET!
Just RP-ing. Because no school and the internet is full of distractions.
But I did this. Because the internet isn’t distracting enough.
Finished the first tonal episode, now starting on the second one (in F minor).
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.
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.
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).
So, I’ve used a slightly different method to bring you this today. Hopefully it works as well as just uploading the file to Tumblr.
This one might get re-arranged to make the harp part a little less frantic in the future. I really like it the way it is now, but it turns out that it’s practically impossible to play it fast enough in real life.
So, I was taking a shower about an hour ago, and this sort of just came to me while I was washing my hair. It was like I was remembering something I’d already written. There’s still loads more stuff in my head, lots of it in 12/8 time for some reason), so I’m hoping I’ll finally have enough material to actually finish this as my first symphony.
This is the introduction that comes before the first movement. It introduces the main theme of the first movement (the Allegro con brio), and will eventually lead directly into it with no break.
As of right now, this is still pretty rough (I’ve not put in the swells and bowings for the strings or brass yet). Still, I’m going to forge ahead with this and do those things later. ONWARDS!
Something new for you!
Finally, I get up off my ass and actually write something. This is the first bit of a new piece I’m calling Serenade No. 2 in E FlatMajor, at least, for now.
I was in the middle of writing a morose news post about how I haven’t been having any good ideas for new music recently, when suddenly, in my head, I start hearing this thing that you’re listening to now.
The instrumentation of this piece is a little odd. It’s written for flute, oboe, english horn, clarinet in Bb, and horn in F. It’s for a small chamber concert that I’m hoping to put on in August after I get back from my Yearly Meeting’s annual session. I’m hoping to do this, theFour Romances in F Major, and hopefully something else new that I haven’t written yet.
Thought I’d post something new for you guys to listen to today. This is something I did way back in February, another one of the ‘Songs of Travel’ Cycle. This one in No.3.
I’ll post the text later. Right now, I’m working on some fun things that might pop up here later in the week.
Finally managed to make some headway with this project, despite the MASSIVE power outages in the DC area. I’m fortunate to have some very nice neighbors who are not only letting me charge my laptop at their house, but are letting me use their internet.
Right, so this is less of a second draft, and more of of a ‘Look what I’ve done since I last showed you this,’ kind of post. I decided that the organ is here to stay, because it helps me break up the text a bit, so it doesn’t all come at you at once.
As I’ve said in recent posts, the lack of power is gonna set me back about a week (maybe more) in the production of the printed copies of ‘Luna’s Song’ and a whole bunch of other stuff. I’ll let y’all know when things are gonna be ready, but I don’t know myself yet.
Anyway, enjoy, and I’ll try to have something new for y’all tomorrow.
Finished Prelude for Songs from Everblue. I was gonna make this way longer, so that it would finally cadence to G minor, (which is what Luna’s song starts in), but I realized that I could more easily achieve that by lowering the entire thing a half step. So I did that instead, and I think that it’s better this way.
Note: Listen with good headphones (over-ear, not earbuds), or a good speaker system. Laptop and Desktop internal speakers generally do not do nice things to organ music, so you’ll miss a whole lot.
So, here’s the thing I posted last night, except that this is the finished version. It’s more like a Minuettino than an Minuetto, but whatever. I do what I want.
The print version of this will be available by the end of next week, and will cost $5.10 (plus shipping).
Silv gets one for free! Yay Silv!
So, here’s a little something for Silv, who’s life is throwing an unfair amount of citrus in her direction currently.
This is what I do when I’m not sure what to write/get stuck. I write little Schubertian songs for piano (because they’re pretty formulaic). This particular one is in F Minor, which is my favorite scale to play in on the piano.
Anyway, this is just the first bit of it, so there’s more to come (I promise I won’t end it on the dominant)! That would be mean!
You know what else is mean? Scheduling a fireworks display for a Tuesday night. COME ON PEOPLE, I WANNA SLEEP!!!