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Arabian Nights – round 1

Arabian Nights – round 1

I’m music directing/composing the Theatre Hopkins production of Mary Zimmerman’s adaptation of “The Arabian Nights”. The show goes up in the last three weeks of June, and there’s a lot to do. The play has 83 roles, which I’ve broken down into 13 actors, including two who basically only play...

The Stain of Love is finished

The Stain of Love is finished

I’ve finished, at long last, ‘The Stain of Love’. It’s a song cycle for baritone and piano that Jason Buckwalter commissioned. The text is early William Carlos Williams poems. It’s a little strange that it took me so long to finish the songs. Three songs just didn’t make the cut...

Unabashed giddiness/plug

Unabashed giddiness/plug

So, I’ve just learned that my solo acting cello piece, ‘The Seafarer’, will be done at the Kimmel Center’s Live in the Plaza series on May 18 of this year. This’s going to be a big performance for me, and hopefully a stepping stone to bigger things. I heard all...

'Expanse' done

'Expanse' done

So, I finished that cello solo. It was strange, after my first pass on it, which lacked rhythms and articulations and dynamics, all I did was add those things, make two held double-stops re-attack, and add a bit to one section that sounded a bit too much like the NBC...

Opening Aria

Opening Aria

So now I’ll find out if Caitlin’s discovered I have a blog yet. I’ve got a full draft of her opening aria for Midsummer. I wrote the main theme and a partial draft in like August, so it’s good to have the whole thing properly drafted. Also, I’ve re-written the...

plane to Boston

plane to Boston

I was on the plane to Boston today, for Thanksgiving, and I started thinking about the problems I’m having writing Summer’s Twilight, my Midsummer chamber opera. I’m in the middle of re-thinking the way my scenes work based more around a small set of emotions. You see, if there are a...