I feel compelled to write about what I’m up to, compositionally. I think it’s because my friend and fellow composition student, Reed, just posted a recital playlist on his own blog. I am a copycat!
First and foremost is the project I’ve been kind of working on for most of the year: a miniature for each of the bridges that cross the Willamette in Portland. The instrumentation is Violin, Cello, Flute, Clarinet, Piano, and Percussion.
As far as the movements go, Sellwood, Ross Island, Marquam, Hawthorne, Morrison, Burnside, Steel, Broadway, and Fremont are all finished (save some editing). I’m partway through the movement for the 10th bridge, which got me interested in this project in the first place: the BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe) Railway Bridge 5.1, which I didn’t know existed until last summer. Last is the St. Johns movement, whose inspirational bridge is pretty and large, which means the movement should be as well.
Next up is a score for short film. The film is 7:45 or so, and only about 3 minutes of it has any kind of a temp track set up by the director. I’m not sure if that means I should just write music for the parts just with temp track or take the initiative and score the whole thing (something to ask the director). Most likely the film will be projected during my recital, accompanied by live string quartet and piano. Then, this summer, the performers will be recorded for the film’s actual release. Exciting!
Those are the only two “I’m going to do these on my recital for sure” pieces I’ve programmed so far. I have a few other ideas to write between now and then (June 5, come see my recital!)
Some possibilities include:
- Sonata for Clarinet and Computer
- Electronic music for short silent film (emphasis on public domain)
- Percussion piece for non-standard instrumentation (details to follow!)
- Electronic, Musique Concrete style piece using mouth samples
- Viola duet
My target duration is an hour, let’s see if I make it!
In other news, I picked a new theme and title for my blog’s site, which was a very productive waste of time! And I’m thinking about trying to get into a 1-year film scoring certificate program up in Seattle… mostly because Reed said he was going to do it, which is another copycatism (but would be totally awesome).