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October 25, 2010

Concerto for Wind Ensemble – the score

I’m in Austin this week for the University of Texas Austin Wind Ensemble’s world premiere of my Concerto for Wind Ensemble. Had a great 2.5 hour rehearsal this afternoon – Jerry Junkin and the band have worked their butts off on this piece – all 54,210 notes of it. The concert is this coming Wednesday… continued

July 28, 2010

Composing at the Computer: MIDI Mockup Madness

A recent exchange with fellow composer John Mackey on Facebook about saxophone samples (he uses the Vienna Symphonic Library series, and I’m currently using the built-in General MIDI samples, which possess the subtlety of a chainsaw) reminded me that I’ve long wanted to do a post comparing MIDI and live versions of a… continued

July 28, 2010

Ecstatic Waters review

review of Ecstatic Waters: “The score could benefit from judicious editing.” My “wry impishness” compels me to point out to the reviewer that crystal water glasses are not “electronic,” Mvt. III has nothing to do with serialism, and the clarinet solo is not a blues.