Music: Composing a Piece for Piano Trio

Inspiration and Artistic Intention The following image of a man walking through a forest during sunrise was the inspiration for the theme of my composition for piano trio, entitled Theme and Variations. (Photograph by Matthias Hauser, source) The warm undertones and soft light in this image really bring out a sense of peace and tranquility as the light rays draw our attention towards the man. He appears to be taking small, unhurried steps and is taking full advantage of what nature has to offer at this beautiful time of day. I wanted to…Read more …

Music: March Reflection

1.  Explain how you believe you are progressing on your instrument so far this year. I believe I am progressing well on my instrument this year. I credit a lot of my improvement to being in Symphonic Winds, which has provided me a selection of challenging repertoire to practice on my clarinet. For example, the technical runs in The Times have helped improve my finger facility by leaps and bounds, while Greensleeves has helped develop my tone especially when playing longer, more lyrical phrases. 2.  Explain specifically what you are currently doing to improve your level of skill.   I am…Read more …

Music: End of Year Reflection

Music this year is coming to a close so I'd like to reflect a bit on how things went, in terms of my final assessments but also the year as a whole. My final playing test (see comments) went better than expected as I didn't encounter any problems with note accuracy and managed to overcome my nerves. I was quite comfortable with my minor scales and managed to play all of them in time with a melodic contour. As for the solo, I managed the tempo, dynamics, and triplet runs quite well due…Read more …

Music: Ternary Composition Final

Writing a ternary composition for clarinet and piano was a rewarding process, especially considering I play both instruments and can appreciate what I've achieved the past month. Below you can listen to my composition and see the score: Music score I was pretty pleased with the harmony incorporated in my piece, which generally suited the blues style quite well. I incorporated various seventh chords to give my piece some more tonal colour, and I even experimented with diminished seventh passing chords in the second phrase of my B section, which helped give the piece…Read more …

Music: Stella by Starlight Final Solo

Stella by Starlight Sheet Music Final Stella Recording: This was my first time writing a jazz solo and it has challenged me to a great extent. The 7-3 resolution was vital in establishing melodic interest in my solo, which is why I felt a little out of my depth when composing for the middle section that doesn't go up the circle of fourths. But this has allowed me to develop my potential and recognise areas of improvement. In a sense the solo-writing process was very structured as we were given a chord progression…Read more …

Music: Stella by Starlight Draft Solo

I have tried (and failed) to write a jazz solo against the chords of Stella by Starlight. My attempts at including ligons and 1-2-3-5, 1-3-4-5 figures have been futile as I feel that the audio recording still doesn't capture the swing feel which is what I tried to achieve. So keep in mind that this is an unpolished, incomplete version. Seeing as I need some comments, please leave a helpful suggestion on how I can improve the first 16 bars. Stella Draft Thank you!Read more …

Music: Ternary Composition Draft

After considering the feedback I received on my eight bar composition, I have added a B section to my original piece which has now evolved into a ternary composition. Below is a draft of my ternary piece. Please leave a helpful comment on what I could do to make it better. Ternary Draft - score Below I outline a few changes from my eight bar composition, after soliciting feedback: For instance, I have now labelled my chords underneath the bass line and have included the key centres, as I have modulated to the dominant.…Read more …

Music: 8 Bar Composition Final

After soliciting feedback from peers, I have updated my 8 bar composition. I have attempted to include more on-beat chords to ensure rhythmic stability and I have also tried to experiment with different types of chords. (note: there is a chord labelling mistake for the second chord in bar 6, it should be vi, not IV) As usual, please leave a helpful comment below on what you thought I did well on and what you think I could do better on for my ternary piece.Read more …

Music: 8 Bar Composition Draft

In music class recently, I've been composing a 8 bar piece for clarinet and piano. I included a blues twist to my composition by choosing various seventh chords and by experimenting some chromaticism. I've been rather pleased with my progress, especially with how my melodic line and rhythmic motif complemented each other, but I found the piano accompaniment difficult and slightly repetitive. 8 Bar Draft - Score (concert pitch) Please leave a helpful comment on what I did well in my draft and what I could work on for my final copy. Your feedback…Read more …