Author Archives: Dan Powers

Trio for clarinet, bassoon, and piano

Last Wednesday, my Trio was premiered in London, Ontario, by the commissioning group, TriofuS. I drove up to hear it, and with their permission, made a recording of the concert on my handy Zoom H2 recorder. They also made a … Continue reading

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Am I famous yet?

A few items for the performance log: Last night, the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra with Kate Hamilton presented a concert of Great American Songs. Seven of my arrangements were on the program, including the premiere of my new version of Shenandoah. April … Continue reading

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Meet the Gusli

I like searching through YouTube for performances on obscure instruments. Today I got interested in the Kantele, a Finnish folk instrument, and came across this video by accident. This is actually a Gusli, which a quick Google search reveals is … Continue reading

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March 2011

Wow. I remember that at one point not too long ago, I had decided to post here more frequently. But last night I realized that almost two months have gone by without a peep from me. The usual excuses are … Continue reading

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Small breakthrough (?)

For several weeks now, I’ve been struggling with getting “Iris” under way. It’s been frustrating, a weird circuitous process of reworking the same ideas over and over, trying to find a way to get them to go together, and largely … Continue reading

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2011–Looking ahead

The year is now only nine hours old. Time to look ahead at what I hope to accomplish in the next 365 days. Composition for 2 pianos and percussion. This will be my principal project for the foreseeable future. As … Continue reading

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2010-Summing up

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky, The flying cloud, the frosty light; The year is dying in the night; Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.  ~ Tennyson 2010 is less than two hours from being over, … Continue reading

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Trio premiere scheduled

I’ve learned that Trio for clarinet, bassoon, and piano will be premiered on April 13, 2011, in London, Ontario. TriofuS, the group that commissioned it, will be performing.

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You pay your singers?

Several months ago, while trolling the web in search of diversion, I happened to come across a link to Xtranormal, a fun little site offering users the ability to make computer-generated animated videos in a text-based browser. It’s a program … Continue reading

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December 2010

Since I’ve started this blog way back when, I’ve tried to make it a regular thing to post monthly updates, status reports as it were, on my current projects. This particular update is a bit unusual because, 1: it’s on … Continue reading

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Some good news

I may have already mentioned that there was the possibility of a commission for a work for two pianos and percussion. I’m happy to report that the possibility has become a reality. Funding has been approved, and I’ll be starting … Continue reading

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Early November mini-update

Just a small update this time since relatively little time has passed since the last one. Anyway, all the arrangements for this year’s round of Christmas concerts are finally done, so I can finally get The Star Spangled Banner and … Continue reading

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