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.
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.
Procrastination, perfectionism or sheer terror
Why finishing a piece is sometimes the hardest part
Cy Twombly: Defeating linear thinking
In the final stage of my Cy Twombly project, I use purpose-made collages as tools for composition.
Cy Twombly: Lines and angles as musical ciphers
As part of my research for my Cy Twombly project, A Sketchbook of Mushrooms, I did quite a bit of thinking about how the specific elements of the artworks I was working with could directly translate into musical material. We had a session with composer John Woolrich for our All Composers workshop class which focused […]
Cy Twombly: Making a mess
On the benefits of mess-making as a compositional process, a work-in-progress post on A Sketchbook of Mushrooms
Work in progress: Cy Twombly & the amplification of white space
In the second of my Cy Twombly project sketches, I consider musical white space as a low-contrast element and how Twombly's smudges and smears can be seen as amplifying white space.