#PsalmQuest 11 – String Quartet 2

String Quartet 2 by British American Conductor Composer Stephen P Brown

It feels like forever since I published a #PsalmQuest piece, and I guess it was, really – over a month ago! In fact, I finished composing that last piece at the end of September, so it’s really been 8 weeks. Some of that time was spent resting, but much of it was actually spent re-writing. […]

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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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How I compose 3 – Chords

How to play guitar chords

“A chord in music is any harmonic set of three or more notes that is heard as if sounding simultaneously.” (Wikipedia, accessed August 7, 2013) To me, chords form the shell of a piece of music – the walls and roof of a house, so to speak. For me, this is the most difficult part […]

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Next Piece #7: Bagatelle for Violin

Conductor Composer Stephen P Brown's "Bagatelle for violin"

This was a surprise! In my 7 year composition quest, piece #6 took a little over a month to write. This one took a day. Yes. One day! Solo violin It helped that the piece was being written for just one instrument alone, which is a complete contrast to Warrior Peace. Another contrast is the […]

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New psalm composition #6: Warrior Peace

Stephen P Brown Warrior Peace

Well, this was an unexpected mammoth! (If you are not aware of my current composition quest, click here to read the introduction.) I knew that composing for larger ensembles would take time, and was sort of risking things a little when I decided to write for a larger-than-normal ensemble but I didn’t plan for this […]

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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: Wind Quintet 2

British American Conductor Composer Maestro Stephen P Brown Psalm Piece 4 Wind Quintet Classical Music

  Yes, I’m forging ahead! Why? Because I know that as I improve my composition skills (the purpose of this entire project) I am learning how instruments sound and work together and I will be wanting to compose for larger combinations of instruments, such as a full orchestra. Writing such a piece will take a […]

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