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I have created this site in order to provide performers, listeners and composers with a description of a composer's experiences with the creative process. The posts will provide discussions of the inspirations, challenges, and successes of a composer from the inception of the piece to the culmination in performance. I will provide a link to where you can see and hear the works in progress. Comments and questions are always welcomed. They will not posted unless you grant me permission.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Intermezzi for Euphonium and Piano Movement 3

This is the third movement of a composition for euphonium and piano at a college level. It is being composed through a commissioning consortium where each participant pays a small fee that is refundable and receives score and parts, local premiere rights and an inclusion in the dedication. For more information about the consortium, please visit http://www.cooppress.net/page9/page385/index.htmlhttp://www.cooppress.net/page9/page385/index.html

The composition for euphonium piano is a series of intermezzi in a third stream style. Third Stream is a combination of classical and jazz elements. The third intermezzo is in a Lento tempo and while it is metered with a quarter note pulse, the music feels unmetered. This fits with the free, moody nature of the movement that wanders in tonality as well. The form is loosely ABABCA but it is obscured by motives each section appearing in other sections and by the euphonium and piano exchanging melodic material. The accompaniment is also sparse and coloristic utilizing the full range of the piano.

I export my Sibelius Music Notation file as a movie (new to version 7.5). I also use Noteperformer software for the sounds. These are sample sounds, but the software also includes an algorithm that reads ahead in the music and phrases the music according to context, therefore making the realization closer to live performance. I  upload these videos to youtube and embed the video for each movement. I hope that this technology allows the reader to have an easier experience and a more realistic performance. To see and hear what I have discussed, go to http://www.cooppress.net/Intermezzi_blog.html

As always, your comments are appreciated.
Dr. B

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