Thanks for listening!
Luis - You're right, they aren't really connected and were composed separately to reflect different periods but together is a nice reflection of my compositional style to emulate aspects of baroque, classical, and romantic themes.
Ken - Thanks for listening, I highly respect your opinion and glad you liked the first one.
Ken, you may have actually heard this one before. I posted it a couple of years ago, but the transition to the new site structure seems to have eaten the file, so now that I have a live recording, I just re-posted the whole thing for lack of a better solution. (: To me the category that fits best is Sacred Harp music, which is a very distinctly Southern American style. I apparently had a great, great, great uncle who went from town to town selling song books way back when. Because Sacred Harp was music that was written out into hymnal style books, all verses would have had the same harmonization to save space on the page. In this case I was writing more of an anthem for a church service, so each verse gets it's own harmonic treatment. I'm glad it feels so authentic to you all! I've loved this style of music since a professor first loaned me a set of Smithsonian recordings in college, so I'm glad I've managed to write something faithful to that early American sound.
(I may have to go back and read Cold Mountain again. It's been a while.)
Luis, I would love to hear what you would write for choir! Atonality is absolutely fine these days, for choir as for everyone else. It's a bit more difficult to learn for choir than for other instruments, since every singer must search within themselves while singing and think about how to get to their next note from the one they are on. So strong dissonances can limit the number of groups who would be able to successfully perform your work. But that shouldn't stop you if you have a musical idea that you want to explore! I'm glad this felt so familiar to you too. The tune and the text are both my own, but I was trying for something that felt very rooted in tradition. It sounds like I may have succeeded!
Hey, I just started composing a little while ago and was hoping to find some advice on a piece I'm working on. I would really appreciate advice on improving and developing the piece further. Thanks!!!
Hopefully it's not too bad.
Thank you very much. There are two themes chasing each other around, not unlike a snake biting its own tale. it's very compressed. I don't know what else to call it but a Rondo. Thanks for listening, Brian!