Witold Lutoslawski – Paganini Variations (1979) for orchestra
Edgard Varèse – Density 21.5 (1936) for flute
György Ligeti – Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (1992)
Krzysztof Penderecki – Clarinet Quartet (1993) for clarinet, violin, viola and cello
Anton Webern – Five Canons, op. 16 (1924) for soprano and two clarinets
Last week I finished editing the parts for Tribulation a three-movement piece for wind ensemble. Over the past two years I have composed four wind ensemble pieces. During this time I have been able to get part extraction down to a science. I am able to edit a full set of parts in about eight to ten hours whereas in the past it would take fifteen to twenty hours to edit.
After completing the parts I was able to send them as PDF files to Rita Zigas-Brown at Walnut Creek Intermediate School. I am excited and interested to hear some feedback from her about this piece. It is always a little nerve wracking waiting for the first bit of feedback. I start to wonder: Did the parts turn out alright? Did I forget to transpose and instrument? Never-the-less it is a relief to have this piece finished. I can now start to think about my next piece.
Johann Sebastian Bach – The 15 Three-Part Inventions, BWV 787-801 (1720) arranged for string trio, Janine Jansen, violin, Maxim Rysanov, viola, Turleif Thedéen, cello
PDQ Bach – Music You Can’t Get Out of Your Head – CD
“Howdy” Symphony in D major
Perückenstück (Hair Piece) from The Civilian Barber
Suite from The Civilian Barber
György Ligeti – Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1988)
Igor Stravinsky – Octet (1952) for flute, clarinet, 2 bassoons, 2 trumpets and 2 trombones
Pascal Dusapin – Granum Sinapis (1997) for chorus
Olivier Messiaen – La Fauvette des Jardins (1970) for piano
Jennifer Higdon – Blue Cathedral (2001) for orchestra
Johann Sebastian Bach – Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings and Continuo in D minor, BWV 1043 (1730) Hilary Hahn, violin, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Henryk Górecki – Sonata No. 1, op. 6 (1956) for piano
Johann Sebastian Bach – The 15 Two-Part Inventions BWV 772-786 (1720-23) arranged for violin and viola; Janine Jansen, violin and Maxim Rysanov, viola
György Ligeti – Études for Piano, No. 16-18 (2001)
Leonard Bernstein – Symphony No. 2 “The Age of Anxiety” (1965)
György Kurtag – Messages, op. 34 (1996) for orchestra
Alexander Scriabin – Quatre Morceaux, op. 51 (1906) for piano; Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano
Alban Berg – Altenberg Lieder, op. 4 (1912) for voice and orchestra
John Cage – Primitive (1942) for prepared piano
Magnus Lindberg – Gran Duo (2000) for 13 winds and 11 brass
Henryk Górecki – Symphony No. 1, op. 14 “1959″ (1959)
The third movement of Tribulation turned out to be the easiest one to edit. One of the goals I had set in composing this movement was to keep the texture thin. I did not want to have all of the instruments playing similar rhythms in harmony like the other movements. I tried to give most instruments easy yet independent parts. As a result there were less areas within the movement that needed to be harmonized. This cut the editing time almost in half. I think this will be a great ending to this piece.
Yesterday, I finished editing the third movement and the score of Tribulation for wind ensemble. This piece composed in three movements was written for Rita Zigas-Brown and the Walnut Creek Intermediate School Symphonic Band (California). As with any piece it is an exciting time when I can say “this piece is done” and I can send it off to the performer or conductor. Of course I still have one more hurdle to jump before I can put this piece to rest… for now. Parts. Extracting and editing parts is not a difficult task, however it is a time-consuming one.
I have sent a copy of the score in PDF format to Rita. I look forward to receiving feedback from her about the piece.