Unknown Events - MM I

I am currently working on a large orchestral work to go along with a sci-fi book I am writing. I am being tutored by a professor at Oberlin College (OH).(You are never too old to learn more...) This is the 1st movement (of which there are 4). This is the second re-work of the piece after lengthy discussions with my tutor. The piece is dark and sombre hinting at unknown possibilities that unfold in the book as the story unfolds.


Please feel free to dissect this work. I forewarn, if you are not a fan of contemporary technique,and are looking for traditional chords, melody and form, this is not the work for you. For those that want to know the underlying form, it is a sonata-form (ABA) with the Expo, Development and the Recap. Just don't look for the traditional harmonic development that occurs in that form.


As the other movements get deloped, I will post them also.


Have a listen to "Chaos Dreams"


MM I - Unknown Events


best regards,


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  • Well, it may seem non sequitur, but as the author of the novel I know what events will be forth coming, only the characters in the book don't know. So, to them they are 'unknown events'.

    Ah, you have discovered one of may favorite American 20th century composer's, and yes, I too, am a romantic. I had not heard the term 'sturm und drang' used for Samuel Barber, but it is certainly apropos. It must have been descriptive of his neo-classical period. As to the extended techniques, maybe I should explain myself. I am very aware of the 20th century technique of extended the technique of the instruments. In this piece I do not use that device. The instruments are played conventionally. I interpret my work as contemporary because I choose not to use 18thand 19th century harmonic structure. The pieces are actually created from a row based on intervallic relationships. One row is a two-octave row based on the intervals of a m2 and a M3, another is a three octave scale based on similar intervals. They are not strict rows (hense the romantic use of them). The sounds conveyed sound very tradtional but lack the conventional I-IV-V-I relationships (and all the variations of that scheme.)

    The piece should have structual continuity do to the form which I think holds it together well. The listener shouldn't get 'too lost'. I did have to label it (Expo, Development and Recap) for my brother so he could see the form as he listened. So, maybe it is not that easily discerned.

    I have a lesson this Thursday with my mentor. I'll see what he thinks of my changes. I know you haven't heard the work in its original presentation so you are not aware of the significant changes in its present form.

    Best regards,
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