Music Composers Unite!
It's kinda late for this, but I've been wanting to do this yet never got around to it until now. This is my contest entry for last year's Heat contest. It didn't win any awards, but I'm not exactly…Continue
Fugues have a reputation of being "serious" -- "academic" fugues, that is, meaning the rigid, dry grading standard of counterpoint class imposed upon composition students -- so I thought, what about…Continue
Recently I noted that all 3 of my fugue attempts have been in 4 voices, and so I started sketching a 2-voice fugue instead. While doing that (which will be a separate piece, btw), a crazy idea…Continue
Continuing in this quarter's fugue fever, here's another attempt at fugue from l'il ole me.My last fugue elicited a comment that if I was going to break conventions, it should be up front. While I'm…Continue
This morning I decided to sit through a performance of Mahler's 4th symphony on youtube... in the hopes of expanding my horizons with Mahler and all that, y'know, since in the past I've really only heard his 1st symphony in full, and only snippets of the others.
Unfortunately, I have to confess my conclusion is still the same as before: his music just doesn't do it for me. I don't deny his genius at the craft, and certainly he's an excellent orchestrator -- probably far beyond what I…Continue
Today I finally got a chance to actually sit down at the piano (well, an electronic one, but still) and try to play my fugue in C# minor myself for the first time. And I was greatly dismayed to discover that I couldn't play it at all... What sounded relatively tame in midi turned out to be extremely difficult for me to play. That's probably a sign of how lousy my non-existent piano skills are, or perhaps fugues are…Continue
Recently I've been listening to many tuba concertos, to get an idea of the repertoire out there and what's possible on a tuba solo. Today I found this one, which, while it doesn't really feature any particularly unusual solo tricks or virtuoso stunts, is nevertheless a fun-filled romp with many beautifully scored passages:
Just thought I'd share.
This blog entry is really more of a test than anything else... I'm having trouble submitting a new discussion to the analysis and critique section (it keeps ending up in the "we're sorry" page -- this is the 3rd try now), so this is just to see if blog entries will go through.