I am currently absorbed in working on my "Pieces For Piano & Woodwinds" suite which has six short pieces totaling 14-16 minutes of material. I call it pieces for piano and Woodwinds, but I purposely limit the Woodwinds to only Clarinet, Oboe, and Bassoon so that it doesn't get too dense sounding.
My goal for the suite is to compose each piece of the suite by a different modern method. I have already finished this part and I am now filling the pieces in and removing the crappier parts. I use Steinberg Cubase to compose in (they have a nice score writer IMO) because the great and realistic sounding orchestral instruments. So I can hear my changes immediately.
The six compositional methods are:
1. Chord to Scale: like many jazz pieces, pick the highlight chords first, then write melodies based on the synthetic scales created.
2. Exotic Scale to Chord: use a less known scale, harmonize it, and strictly compose using chords from the harmonizations. I used the Acoustic Scale for one part, for example.
3. Serialism: obvious enough
4. Post-Serialism: my own compositional technique which found a whole slew of more automorphic operators in Z_12 to use besides inversion and translation. More on that later!
5. Many modulations: strictly tonal, but modulate enough to make the tonal center fuzzy.
6. Bitonality: two keys, two harmonizations, put them together to get some interesting chord progressions.
Anyways, I wrote the first Movement of a new project this morning. Similar to the last piece, Piano & Woodwinds, this suite is Piano & Brass, scored for solo piano, one trumpet, one trombone, one French Horn, and one Tuba. So it is a chamber work. I decided to make the first movement very contrapuntal. It reminds me a lot of Paul Hindemith's work now that it is done and I have listened to it. Pretty cool stuff.
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I. Metamorphosis (crotchet=60)
II. Scherzo (minim=112)
III. Cantabile (TBA, probably crotchet=80)
It will probably go for about seven minutes. I like to keep things breif but action packed. Instrumentation as follows:
Percussion (bongos, congas, snare drum, tom-toms)
Started work on another piece for piano. Not sure if it will be a full blown sonata or a one movement work. It begins tonally in Bb minor, and transitions into a more scraibin like dissonance, with a motif being presented there which might be developed later.
The A section of the piece starts in 7/8 time, but i plan to in later recaps of A:
go into 9/8, and
just to keep with the themes compound signature. There will also be a section where the A theme is turned into a tone row, playing the full row and its inversion, then later developed with further rows from the matrix.
I also have an interesting development harmony that is Bb major - Gb major - Emajor - Cmajor, which almost outlines a petrushka chord (G and C# are absent), these notes are also present in this excerpt. And I have a cool harmony where going from Bb minor to iv - V - bii, moving to the neopolitan (B major) and hinting Eb minor.
Here is the score currently:
Life really isn't a Beethoven's 5th "I conquered the world and defeated my fears by going from C minor to C major", it's really about compassion towards yourself.
In this sense, the simple acceptance and honesty at the end of the Grosse Fugue (after the greatest expression of human suffering)... is quite an artistic achievement.
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Still the same piano prelude. I feel like I'll have to spend more time per week on this if I want to finish it before 2032.
A song for voice and piano, words by Byron. I don't know what voice it is yet so I will write it for tenor and hope for the best.
Haydn Symphonies threads.