I was talking with Joan Wolf Prefontaine, a poet friend of mine, about how I want to write something for the Verde Valley Voices and she sent me a lovely poem that really inspired me. As a result, I sat down this week and composed "Happiness" for one of the premiere musical organizations in the Verde Valley and its wonderful conductor, Beverly Hall.
While the poem has three stanzas, I really saw it in two main sections, a slightly humorous part and a more serious reflection. My music begins with a folksy type accompaniment and the chorus sings joyously over little things that bring happiness. There is tone painting in the section reflecting the swirling of "dust devils." The piano picks up this material and uses it as a transition to the more reflective part which is in a slower tempo with lush chords reflecting the text. I tie the composition together at the end by bringing back the "I am happy" motif before the final chord.
I am now using flip pdf technology for the musical examples that go
along with my posts. It uses Flash Player that most browsers come
with. You will be hearing an mp3 of sampled sounds playing the music
and you will see the score at the same time. You will need to turn
the pages by clicking on the arrows at the appropriate time. To see
and hear what I have discussed, go to http://www.cooppress.net/Happiness_blog.html.
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