Category: Blog

As many of you know…

…I am a habitual sulker on Twitter/Facebook. Composing is not one of those careers you go into because things go easily, and at times it can feel pretty damn bleak.  Unless you’re one of, I dunno, ten individuals on the planet, you’re not really making money by doing it (that number may be higher or lower, depending on whom you’re… Read more →

RIP Elliott Carter

The New York Times reports that Elliott Carter passed away yesterday. RIP. My favorite part of the article: “As a young man, I harbored the populist idea of writing for the public,” he once explained to an interviewer who asked him why he had chosen to write such difficult music. “I learned that the public didn’t care. So I decided… Read more →

So, I’ve begun…

…a new year of school, and with it, new lessons with Margaret Schedel.  This is pretty consistent in my choice of teachers; I’ve always elected to study with composers whom I feel to have vastly different points of view on composing than I do.  It feels like this practice could sometimes be doing things the hard way, but it’s worked… Read more →

I got 1969 problems…

I finished a movement of my string quartet today, which felt great!  I gave myself the evening off of composing to recuperate.  Puttering around Twitter, I decided that I should actually listen to some composers on Twitter.  It has always seemed to me that all of us are so desperate to be heard by whatever mystical (read: imaginary) audience of… Read more →

Hey Everyone…

…take a listen to the hot off the presses (well, maybe more like “hot off the editing suite”) recording of one of my latest pieces, Simple Carbs. This was recorded by the incomparably awesome h2 Saxophone Quartet, and the you-should-already-be-looking-out-for-this-guy Jared Redmond on piano!  They are performing at the Hotel Oasi Neumann at The Cortona Sessions for New Music. [haiku url=”http://dl.dropbox.com/u/15375722/01%20Simple%20Carbs.mp3″… Read more →

Today, I received…

…word that I’ve once again failed my Analysis Comps.  This will make my second try; I’ve got one more before I reap serious financial consequences for it. The two pieces were Brahms Op. 99 no. 2, and Adès’s Living Toys, no. 5. I’m not a complete idiot.  I can analyze music.  If you put tonal music in front of me… Read more →

So, this weekend…

…in Southampton, NY, my piece for oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, and piano, Overbite, was premiered in an itty-bitty concert by the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players.  Like many premieres, the first swing was, well, a great first try.  The musicians worked their asses off on the piece, and they’ve graciously agreed to record it for reals sometime soon. The… Read more →

Here’s a little…

…preview of what I’ve been up to lately.  I’m sweating bullets, working on writing a piece in thirty days, for The Cortona Sessions in June.  They’ve asked for a 10-15 minute piece, but I don’t know if that’s going to happen or not (especially in thirty days!).  I feel like I’m a weightlifter doing power sets! Anyways, here’s the first… Read more →

Richard Dare wants to know…

…where the meaning in art and music has gone, according to his article in Huffington Post. To be more precise, he thinks it’s there, but artists (and composers) don’t want to talk about it.  It’s a valid question, but I’m not sure I like why he’s asking.  I do think that the man has a point about artists being coy… Read more →

String Quartet, Movement 1

I finished (in not specataularly slow fashion) the first movement of my String Quartet.  I’m pretty excited about just how easily things came together on this movement; usually, the process of getting the music onto the page is more hard-fought for me! Take a look at the score here: [pageview url=”http://db.tt/a6xHhwOE” ]   You can listen to the Finale Mockup… Read more →