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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.

March 19, 2010

BCM on the radio – Wind & Rhythm

BCM will be on the radio this weekend. Full info below from the Wind&Rhythm website:Episode 79: Rivers, Pools, Storms, and FountainsA recent article in “Listen, Life with Classical Music” quoted a friend of mine, Mark Morette proclaiming his Roman Trilogy is the best band CD ever! I know and trust him and so we’ll… continued

December 23, 2009

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The blog takes a back seat…Since I’m not particularly consistent at actual blogging, and in recent times posts have dwindled to simple “here’s what I’m up to” (and not even that, in the last two months I’ve had two premieres and nary a word here!!), I’ve restructured the front page of my site to pull… continued

October 13, 2009

From Michigan to Miami

Catching up…Had a great trip to Michigan for the Univ. Michigan Symphony Band’s performance of Ecstatic Waters. Hill Auditorium makes the electronics crystal clear – it was easy (to my ears) to pick out the acoustic vs. the electronics elements, which made the blending more difficult than usual. The band did a great job,… continued

October 1, 2009

In Ann Arbor

Arrived in Ann Arbor, MI today for the Univ. Michigan’s upcoming performance of Ecstatic Waters. Tomorrow I give a seminar, then we do the dress rehearsal in the evening. The group will sound fantastic – can’t wait to hear them in Hill Auditorium: Friday night (8pm; pre-concert lecture at 7:15).Saturday, we’re off to the… continued

September 28, 2009

UMKC wrap-up

Some observations from last week at UMKC:1) The band is HOT. The 7 horns in the back row sounded like they were in my lap…and I liked it. It was a fantastic performance, and I can’t thank conductor Steve Davis, and his TAs Hayes Bunch and Michelle Van Unen enough for inviting me out and… continued