Composition

It has taken some time, but I finally finished recording and editing a video for the last movement of The Divine Office.  I remember when writing this work facing a difficult decision: should I keep the contemplative nature of the offices, as one might actually experience or do I follow the logical conclusion of a multi-movement … More Composition

Composition

Apparently, I have been sitting on this recording for a whole year!  A few evenings ago, I spent some time finishing up my recordings of the Divine Office and I did not even realize that I had not posted the seventh movement, Vespers.  And here it is! In retrospect, I am happy that I get … More Composition

Improvisation

Happy New Year!  It has been an exciting time as things are gearing up for an exciting summer.  The Kansas City AGO 2018 Convention sent out a very kind promotion to a piece of mine that will be premiered, Sonata No. 1.  It has been a long time coming and it is very, very exciting. On … More Improvisation

Composition

Greetings friends!  It has been about two months since I have posted something and much of that has to do with life, the universe, and not getting a good a proper recording done.  It is also coupled with that I am trying to get a recording from another organ and space as I have been … More Composition

Improvisation

This evening I recorded my fourth recording in the second Evening Improvisation series.  I have had a busy couple of weeks, so I have been planning this for some time.  One thing I can say, no improvisation is ever truly improvised, and in this case, I had a lot of planning time.  Perhaps, that is … More Improvisation

Improvisation

The 8′ Gedackt on the Choir is the chiffiest stop on the whole instrument, like so much of the Moller organ at the Monastery.  And when given an overripe banana, throw it in the freezer and make banana bread.  By that I mean, it is up to me to make it work.  This particularly stop … More Improvisation

Improvisation

Today’s improvisation continues my thoughts about exploring individual stops and the possibilities a single sound might contain.  Something I feel is not always taught well is how to register an instrument well.  That’s a broad statement for a different discussion, but something that needs close attention, especially in instruments of lesser quality like the one … More Improvisation