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February 17, 2015

Lux Aurumque in Montreal

During a concert of my music in Montreal years ago there was a spectacular thunderstorm. At the end of Lux Aurumque something magical happened…

January 29, 2015

Deep Field

The first three minutes of Deep Field in skeletal sketch form – I call it “emotional architecture.” I will make drawings like this for every moment of the piece before I compose any of the actual music.

November 14, 2014

The Writing Process in the Early Stages

I’m working on a big new piece for choir and orchestra, which will be premiered by the Minnesota Orchestra and Minnesota Chorale in May. Thought some of you might like to see what the process looks like in the early stages. I’ve been planning/conceiving the work for several months now but still haven’t written a… continued

October 04, 2014

Lux Nova for wind band and choir

Just occurred to me that the band version of Lux Aurumque and the new choral version (Lux Nova) could be performed together seamlessly. The choir would just need to sing a half step up. Dying to know what this sounds like!

September 09, 2014

Music students

As the semester grinds on you may feel intensely burnt-out. You may even consider dropping out of music altogether. If that happens, go back and listen to your favorite recordings, make music with your friends, do anything you can to remind yourself why you loved music before you started studying it. An education in music… continued

July 25, 2014

Resources for composers

My friend Tim Davies is a world-class orchestrator. (He’s worked on all kinds of big films). His blog is an invaluable resource for composers, arrangers and orchestrators. www.debreved.com

July 23, 2014

VYC Premieres Tonight

Tonight, the Virtual Youth Choir premieres at the opening ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. I can’t tell you how incredible it looks on the giant 1000m sq screen that spans Celtic Park stadium.  VYC-ers, you look and sound AWESOME. The event is being broadcast and webcast around the world. The ceremony begins at 9pm… continued

June 27, 2014

Awards

I don’t place too much importance on awards, but composer Thomas Newman has been nominated for an Oscar twelve times and has never won. That is a crime.

June 18, 2014

Daniel Keyes

Daniel Keyes, author of ‘Flowers For Algernon’, has died at age 86. An extraordinary book that was just a part of his fine catalogue.

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