Piece #8: Sonata 2 for Viola, Marimba, Piano

Evelyn Glennie marimba

This is a fun little ditty! Another stab at the traditional Sonata Form, this piece is for a trio of performers: viola, marimba and piano. To my thinking, there is not enough marimba included in the standard instrumentation these days, (click it to tweet it) yet like the saxophone or bass clarinet, it has a great […]

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Piece #5: Rescue Me! for choir

British American Conductor Composer Maestro Stephen P Brown Psalm Piece 5 Choir Choral

The fifth piece in my composition quest was quite an adventure. Definitely surprising. “Rescue Me, Recover Me” is based on Psalm 130, and the title stems from the term “redeem” which this psalm seems to be all about. It has a simple ABAB structure, so knowing that I wanted to write a choral work I […]

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How I compose: Step 1

British American Conductor Composer Maestro Stephen P Brown how to compose classical music

I am now working on the 6th piece in my composition quest. This is not the first time I’ve composed music but in the past I have approached pieces from a variety of angles: systematically using someone else’s process, systematically using someone else’s process that I adapted slightly, systematically using a process I developed myself […]

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Next Piece: A Brass Mirror

According to the countdown clock on this page there are now LESS than seven years for me to complete the whole project (click here to find out what the project is all about). All is well, though – I seem to be on track. Already I’ve completed two compositions in this massively huge project, and here’s […]

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Do you ‘wing it’?

Setting up a plan of action really does seem to work, wouldn’t you agree? As the Psalm Setting Quest was formulating, for fun I figured out a way to determine in which order I would use the psalms to compose music to. A few columns, sorts and ranking formulas were added to a spreadsheet and […]

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Fire the musicians!

Yet another terrific #OrchChat last week! Thank you to all who participated in the lively discussion. For one hour several people from around the world gradually joined in as schedules permitted, and there was much intense and passionate discussion among the group. Based on feedback, we kept the format to three topics and as usual, […]

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A most valuable resource

I wanted to share with you one of my most valuable resources for the past seven years. I’m pretty sure most people have heard of Vistaprint, but maybe you don’t know what they offer. First, a disclaimer: although Vistaprint has an affiliate program I am not a member – they require a banner ad and […]

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