December 11, 2015
Mano a Mano
Back when I was blogging here regularly, one of the
banes of my existence petty annoyances was encountering the blog of Mano Singham. Let's just say that we had different takes on almost everything, though I would sometimes find something to agree with. Now I read that he is retiring. Tempting as it might be to celebrate the departure of another leftish atheist, (why bother? He'll just be replaced with another), it would be churlish, and I've never wished ill on the man. Instead, I wish him all due success in his future writings, and great fun in his retirement.
November 24, 2015
Propers for the last Sundays before Advent
I'm almost too late for this. Here are recordings of my settings of the Introit, Gradual, and Communio for the "pre-Advent holding pattern". The Offertory has been previously posted. Performances are by the enhanced Schola Cantorum of Immaculate Conception Church, directed by me.
November 23, 2015
Some miscellaneous compositions by moi
I've been noticing some holes on my web page, pieces I have recordings of but they aren't in e-land.
For instance, there was the wonderful recording of Queen and Huntress that Allie Laurie did with the Old Stone Singers (Text by Ben Jonson). Or in a similar vein, Andrew White singing my setting of Herrick's To the virgins, to make much of time. And my one any only solo guitar work, Trois pieces de salon, in a recording nearly obliterated by furnace noise. Enjoy!
October 11, 2015
Several bits from a wedding I sang recently
I haven't blogged here in awhile, but this seems as good a place as any to park several mp3s.
Then there's a setting of O Sacrum Convivium by Francesco Feroci, cathedral-master in Florence 1719-1757. I edited this from a manuscript on the Internet Culturale; you can download the edition from cpdl.
I'm the crappy-sounding out of tune guy, with Evan Bescan, tenor, and Brian MacGilvray, bass.
July 09, 2013
I've had a specific reason to get some band things up, and so I'm doing that.
First up is When Heroes Die, my attempt at a Grade 1 band piece. My wife likes this one a lot. It's basically a funeral march. This is a reading by the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony.
Next is a historical oddity, what I guess is my Opus One (age 17), Exordium. This is the Croswell-Lexington High School Band, directed by Paul Parets, recorded in 1974. It was done in a gym, with cheap cassette equipment even by 1974 standards, and a pretty primitive digital transfer. I'm going to have the entire concert digitized professionally; maybe they can pull some high frequencies out of thin air. The piece itself stands up pretty well, and has elements of "my voice", to the extent that I have one. The thin scoring in the middle left no margin for error (and error there was), but I'm not even sure I would have done that differently.
Then there's The Hi! in Hiram, one of three marches I wrote before I realized that I suck at writing marches. They're all civic-boosterish (Heroes of Jarbidge, Hi! in Hiram, Windham Bicentennial). I might revisit the scoring of this, to see if I can fill the middle a bit. I was short of horns and trumpets that year, and you can really tell. This is the Hiram Community Band, the band that appears once a year like Brigadoon, directed by a humble euphonium player who was Peter Principled onto the podium.
May 05, 2013
Wind quintet, and an anthem
First, the two completed movements from my Light and Variable Winds, 20 MPH, played by the Solaris Wind Quintet in concert, March 17, 2013
Assualt March of the Assistant Deputy County Environmental Safety Director, a strange little ditty made up entirely of political and national songs of various more-or-less odious regimes.
And then, from Mass this morning, the Mary Queen of Peace Schola Cantorum premieres my Shout joyfully to God (Offertory for Easter 5, but we did it on Easter 6, go fig). This is actually the piece twice, as we did it. The first time is better, but there was no way with the software at hand to edit the second away without it sounding abrupt. Done with a Tascam DR-05, with bad mic placement and level too low, so a lot of background noise, thurible clang, etc.