Composition

This is the final piece in the Interludes for piano – a series of works devised for my music theory teaching.  The last movement contains one of my earliest ideas – during the B section.  Somewhere in my old files is a bunch of scherzo sketches that never amounted to a work.  The B section … More Composition

Improvisation

And I have begun another series of evening improvisations.  This series will focus on one particular idea: the timbre of an individual stop.  The original Evening Improvisations, a series of (hopefully) avant-garde experimentations on my part, was trying to explore instruments in interesting ways.  What it lacks, in my opinion, is a more precise and … More Improvisation

Composition

The fifth piece in these (free!) piano interludes is perhaps the most obvious in its form: namely, ternary.  I never had the chance to use this in a classroom setting but I am really happy with the B middle section, which is a two voice fugue.  I wrote this fugue for this piece because I … More Composition

Composition

This particular Interlude, one I would call a valiant attempt, is supposed to be in rondo form.  As I have stated in previous posts, these Interludes were composed with the a teaching element in mind.  The problem with rondo form is that it is usually a larger scale form, one that cannot simply be put … More Composition

Composition

The third Interlude in this series is the earliest written.  Just as the other Interludes incorporated elements taught in a theory curriculum for both written and aural theory 3, this one too does as well.  The element prominently used is of course the metric modulation.  There are some harmonic elements typical of later 19th century … More Composition

Composition

This second interlude was more recently written and is a demonstration of rounded binary form.  I also used this for my aural theory class by erasing a number of notes out and having the students fill it in.  Hence, there are no accidentals in the work, making it slightly easier as an aural theory assignment. … More Composition

Composition

Greetings!  I know I haven’t posted anything but it is because of the usual things that happen around March and April, which is of course Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter.  The other event that usually happens to me around this time is the end of a semester of teaching music theory.  This year, I … More Composition