Cut’n'paste job: Constructing a text from multiple sources
New term, new pieces! Starting work on research and text-construction for a new choral piece commissioned by the Trinity Laban Chamber Choir.
Considering the audience
Stepping around the overly general question of whether composers should consider their audience when writing, I'm considering the specific role the audience plays in my own process - and how my approach could be counterproductive to producing more interesting work.
Reconciling research and commissioned work
Can the needs of a practice-based research project be balanced with those of a commissioned piece? I consider the question of how to create a place in my MFA project for my two major commissions this year.
I'm currently gathering my thoughts together, following my final MMus recital. In particular, I am starting to work through the structure of my MFA project which will be the guiding force behind my composition projects for the coming academic year. Focusing on the intersection of text and visual art, this is giving a lot of scope for research and composition...
Breadcrumbs: Handling dramatic time
The last week or so has seen some big changes to Breadcrumbs, the dramatic monologue for unaccompanied soprano I've been writing. In particular I've been considering how best to handle the issue of dramatic time that moves at a different pace from performance time, and I've gleaned useful ideas from performances at the Téte à Téte opera festival.
All-Rowley programme for September recital
Colour and Shadows: A recital of music by Caitlin Rowley 2.30pm Friday 13 September 2013 Blackheath Halls, Blackheath Colour and Shadows is my final recital for my Master of Music degree, to be held at Blackheath Halls. As with many Trinity Laban end-of-year assessment recitals, it’s open to the public – and free! The programme […]
Sonorities, tiny details, process
Nearing the end of my Rothko string quartet, I've been working on compiling a palette of string sonorities to use across the piece, to both create contrast and draw connections across sections of the piece.
Breadcrumbs: Writing your own text
For my latest piece, a dramatic monologue for unaccompanied soprano, I've had a go at writing my own text. Read about how I started, and how the text is changing during the composition process.
A year of change
The experience of postgraduate composition study has me re-evaluating my artistic credo.
New UK performances
Gasp and Still River Air will receive performances this week in Deptford (London), and Harwich (Essex) respectively.