MODERN | PIANO | COMPOSITION
being heavily influenced by the french impressionists, i always wondered what other types of paintings would “sound” like. for instance, what would Jackson Pollack’s “Autumn Rhythm” sound like? and started experimenting with that concept and started writing in a style that relies on patterns or combinations of patterns that i move around the keyboard – overlapping the hands and altering, sometimes, just one note at at time.
i approach composition by not actually setting out to write about specific emotions or events. i try not to be conscience of meter, key, or tonality at all. i usually set out to write about geometric shapes, lines or patterns. once the piece starts to take form, then i start to associate emotions with it and that in turn influences the performance.
Sometimes, it takes some time to remember some things. How it escaped the plunderer’s eye, that knew the contents of every drawer, closet, and cabinet, except for my brother’s because I had no interest, is interesting. But it was always there, as some things often are. I remember my Mother mentioning Thomas Wolfe when I […]
The title of my new composition is “asphalt”. “Asphalt” seems like a very harsh title. Especially when you listen to the piece, it is a bit incongruent – so it does need some explanation. Let me start with some background on how I began writing this piece. I really just wanted to do something simple. Having just written a very complex […]
argggg… Okay, this is what happens. i get totally busy, can’t really focus, continue to practice the piece – with limited results – can kind of tell what it is missing but can’t tell exactly what that is. round and round i go with it and am perpetually frustrated until i actually get some time […]