As I mentioned before, I want 2009 to be a year with the focus on composition. A few prospects are already in place.
First priority in the near future will be a trio for clarinet, bassoon, and piano. I’ve mentioned this several times over the last few months. The commission came from TriofuS several months ago, but I’ve been too busy to start it till now. I have a few pages of sketches done, and I’m starting to get a feel for the piece. I expect it to be in three movements, approximately 15 minutes long total.
Other prospects include a piece for flute ensemble and a short woodwind quintet, both of which would be for student groups here at ISU. These have been proposed, but aren’t definite yet.
Also, Martha and I have been discussing a new CD project for a long time now, and I’m making a tentative beginning on it. I may have alluded to it once or twice here on this blog, but never went into detail. The project will be all new music, for piano and possibly other instruments, with electronic and virtual instruments. It will be based on the Cantigas de Amigo by the 13th century Galacian troubador Martin Codax, and will alternate between my arrangements of his songs and original works. I am working on the first track of the CD right now, which is a treatment of Codax’s Ondas do Mare, the first of the Cantigas. The first track will be all electronic, and will be followed by a track for piano and cello. Beyond that, I don’t know much about what’s going to happen. Still, it’s a new direction for me, and I’m excited about it. More information as it progresses.