I had a concert on November 9th – half the music was mine. It went very well – two song cycles. I had two violin pieces scheduled, but my violinist got sick and couldn’t make it.
I’ve had two new songs performed on mid-day recitals, Momenta Quartet did a really excellent job on my string quartet (and the six others that my fellow composition students wrote). It was an exceptional concert – their rendition of Janacek’s “Intimate Letters” was superb!
Just this last week I finished Piano Music No. 7, Cello Music No. 3, Duet for Two Flute with Piano, Trio for Two Aerophones and Piano (clarinet and soprano sax).
I’m working on a short exploratory piece for Wind Symphony / Concert Band (reading is this week), and have begun what’s going to be my Graduate Thesis – a “Libera Me” ( Líbera me (“Deliver me”) is a Roman Catholic responsory that is sung in the Office of the Dead and at the absolution of the dead, a service of prayers for the dead said beside the coffin immediately after the Requiem Mass and before burial.) for four soloists, full chorus and full orchestra.
I’ve got the opening written and the end planned – now I have just to fill in the middle.
Just finished a *huge* term paper, “Narrative in Modern Music.” The thesis is that narrative construction is possible in modern music – even 12 tone, minimalist and “moment music” where there appears to be no forward movement in time for a musical goal.
And I’m working on converting my piano-accompanied “Sweet Was The Song” Christmas lullaby to fretted instrument accompaniment – either guitar or lute. That’s going more slowly that I would like, but it’s progressing.
And that’s what I’m up to lately.