I blogged several months ago about the fact that my dissertation, which had begun simply as a suite, had gradually morphed into a symphony. Much as I’d tried to avoid the inevitable, the material was just too darn good to be treated lightly. It begged to be developed, to give up its internal secrets, and [...]
Here’s a thing that happened.
I sometimes log into my web hosting service to see how many people visit my website, how they got there, what search terms have been used to find it, and what they do once they get there (listening to audio, etc.). I have a general sense of what usually goes on [...]
It’s the time of year when I turn back into a sort-of-full-time composer, which is just as well, since I have to complete my dissertation and a couple of other pieces that have either been placed on the back burner for far too long or have just recently been placed on the stove top (to [...]
I’m currently wrapping up the engraving process for Midsummer Pavanes, my new piece for symphonic band. The program notes and a couple of screen grabs are below.
In June 2012 I received sad news that my dear friend George Buckbee had passed away unexpectedly at his home near Helsinki, Finland. Despite living on different continents for [...]
I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been commissioned to compose a new work for symphonic band and I’m helping to build the consortium, which is being led by Bill Staub and East Carolina University! This is a wonderful opportunity for groups that haven’t commissioned before, or for groups with limited budgets, since the costs [...]
It’s hard to believe that our time in Citta di Castello is already coming to an end. The week has been a whirlwind of composing, rehearsing, presenting, to say nothing of the sightseeing, eating, and drinking! Tomorrow we head to Rome for a few days off and a day of recording at the University of [...]
I’m at the Summer Arts Institute hosted by the International Arts Educators Forum in Citta di Castello, Italy. The mix of dancers, musicians and composers is invigorating. Composers from the states include Charles Nichols, Loretta Notareschi, as well as Carlos Delgado and Orlando Legname. Thus far we’ve had a number of very interesting presentations from [...]
My works don’t get reviewed often. In fact, I can’t recall ever getting any notice from the press before. The reason is simple: my music isn’t performed by major ensembles in major cities, and with the way newspaper arts coverage is going, that’s about the only place you can get any mention, unless it’s online. [...]
It’s a sad state of affairs when you can’t update your website more than once every few months (i.e. in October, then again in April!). Of course, that’s where I’ve found myself of late, as I’ve been so heavily involved with the Glass House Concerto. The project became a bit bigger than I’d intended (in [...]
I’m in Phoenix for the week, having barely avoided the unusual Nor’easter that slammed into the eastern part of the country. It was gray and cloudy when I left Hartford on Saturday morning, but by the time I boarded my second flight out of Baltimore it was beginning to spit a mix of snow, rain [...]