Have exciting news to share this week! It's been made public that the Artaria String Quartet will be premiering my piece "The Sun Will Rise" for vibraphone and string quartet May 8 & 9, 2022! (www.artariaquartet.com/)
I met with the vibraphonist yesterday and talked a lot about articulations and pedaling, and she played through the vibraphone part. It's an amazing feeling to listen to your piece being played on actual instruments!!
The next piece I'm starting is a setting of four poems for soprano, viola, and piano by poet Walter de la Mare.
1. A Song of Enchantment
4. A Fiddler
I had a music composition lesson last night and worked with my teacher on an analysis of poems "A Song of Enchantment" and "Snow."
My next step is mapping out the rhythms.
My compositional style is to jump right in and just write, BUT I'm working on being more methodical in my writing and doing the groundwork first.
So my music keyboard decided to go kaput on me. It was the weirdest thing! I would play the same key 4 times and get 4 different pitches. I got a temporary keyboard I can use, but I think it's time to invest in either a digital piano or an upright. In an ideal world, where moving a piano was cheap, I'd definitely go for the upright, but I think the more economical choice is the digital piano. I'm hoping to get something purchased by the end of the week. Wish me luck!
From my hotel room in Augusta, Georgia to the comforts of your home, welcome to week 2 of my blog!
My husband (F) and I flew into Atlanta yesterday and drove about 2 hours to Augusta. When we first started travelling we would frequently just go to chain restaurants that were familiar to us, but after a year, we set a rule that we only go to places that we don't have in Minnesota. Last night did not disappoint. We went to TBonz Steakhouse (www.tbonzofaugusta.com/) F got rainbow trout and shrimp and I got steak and shrimp. When they first brought out the meals, I thought there was no way it would fill me up. Plates looked stingy on the food. Boy was I wrong! F and I were both so full after the meal we barely made it back to the rental car! Haha
Tonight for dinner, we're going to do a short drive to South Carolina. We've never been to South Carolina before, so that will be state #27 F and I have visited together.
Musically I'm on a big music listening kick. One of the pieces I'm working on is in the waiting-for-the-read-through phase and I'm in the pre-composing stages of my next piece, so I've had some down time. I've been listening to a wide variety of vocal chamber music to collect colors. One of the most interesting pieces I've come across is a piece by the (now deceased) Minnesota composer Eric Stokes recorded in 2017 by two of my favorite people: Maria Jette (soprano) and Merilee Klemp (oboe). I like this piece because I never would have thought of putting that instrumentation together.
Another piece I've come across that I really like is Requiescat by George Butterworth.
The next piece I'm writing involves writing for piano. As a violist whose piano skills peaked at class piano 4, the piano intimidates me. I've been doing a lot of listening to piano chamber music and the complexity of the piano parts are beyond what I can grasp. Then I came across this piece. I love the simplicity and beauty of the writing.
I decided to try my hand at chronicling my musical pursuits, travels, and culinary exploits in a blog! Here it goes:
Every Monday I start over my list of 7 things I want to accomplish before the end of the week. They are:
For my research I have two papers I've been working on for awhile. Both have some epic quotes:
"Wilma Neruda: Gender and Violin Performance in 19th Century England"
"The 18th-Century Germanic Viola Concerto: A History and Pedagogical Study of Four Selected Movements"
This week the husband and I went to Columbus, Ohio. First observations: the airport was a ghost town! We just went for a day, so we landed, ate breakfast at Sunny Street Café, drove around the city, saw the capitol, went on a short hike, ate a late lunch at an Ethiopian place, then hopped back on a plane and flew home! The hike was a definite pleasant surprise. Only 12 minutes from the airport, it was shockingly secluded.
What's to eat? SALSA!
We went to the farmer's market and loaded up on peppers (italian peppers, sweet banana peppers, poblano peppers, jalapeno peppers, bell peppers, and shishito peppers), red onions, garlic, red and yellow tomatoes, and sweet corn. Added from the grocery store added lime juice and a generous swirl of honey.
I like my salsa mild. What I've learned with the peppers is that it's the seeds that are spicy, so I de-seed the peppers before chopping them up for the salsa.
For my bridal shower, my mom hosted a Pampered Chef party and I got oodles of gadgets that I LOVE! To chop all the veggies I used the manual food processor, to get the corn off the cob, I used the kernel cutter, for the garlic, I used the garlic press, and to juice the limes, I used the juicer.
A snapshot into the life of composer, baker, mental health advocate, music historian, and traveler.