Creative expressions through music…
So… I must say that reconnecting to composing is like relearning how to ride a bike. Although I have used my composing skills in arranging music for school and church, getting back to my roots has been both exhilarating and frustrating – depending on what I am working.
Even though there are a great many music notation apps for the computer, I still love my pencil and paper. I am discovering as the projects become more challenging, I plan additional time for dealing with a significant learning curve in some of the apps. Currently, I am in the market for a used Apple computer – if you hear of anyone updating theirs, please give them my address. When I left WA, I returned my cherished MacBook (well, technically it was not mine, but I sure did “baby” it as if it was).
Here is part of the classical suite I have been working on – the church seasons. (I believe you may have heard my Advent piece, O Come, O Come Emmanuel.) This is a reflection of an Easter favorite. Written for solo cello, violin, piano, guitar, violin, viola, cello, and double bass, it was great fun to pull this together.
Easter Refection on “O filii and filiae”.
PS… Okay, I don’t want to give too much away on this, but you will definitely notice that I used the song in snippets with other material interspersed. Spiritual creativity for the heart and soul…
1. composing the Chrism Mass entrance antiphon and hymn for assembly, cantor, choir, brass, timpani, organ. (Yeah, a bit high church, but hopefully singable so priests processing in will want to sing with the singing assembly). Why? There are days I have asked myself this – but there are not a lot of versions out there for cathedral musicians to use (so relayed to me by a few cathedral musician friends)
2. Working with publisher on Laudato si (fingers crossed)
3. Getting all my duckies in a row for Mass of the Chesapeake
4. Podcast for ICC
5. A collection of children’s for my grand daughters ( these should be up and running on iTunes in the next couple of months)
Texts, texts, texts… Mass parts are easy… But trying to find meaningful lyrics that works with music has been a challenge for me. I am neither poet or theologian…
(Excerpts of a note I wrote to some friends)