The trio is still my main project, but I took a little time off from it to write a couple of songs for male chorus and piano, to texts by James Joyce. This was a sudden thing, precipitated by an invitation from Andrea Maria Ottavini, a fine composer himself and director of a new male choir called MADGear (I’d link to them, but they don’t appear to have a website of their own yet). Andrea is a cyber-acquaintance of mine–we both post from time to time on the Garritan forum–and when he wrote a post asking whether anyone had written anything for male chorus, I made a spur-of-the-moment offer to write something.
For texts, I returned once again to James Joyce’s Chamber Music, selecting “I Would In That Sweet Bosom Be” and “Who Goes Amid The Green Wood”. I wrapped up work on the second song this afternoon, and e-mailed Andrea the PDFs. Some editing is still possible before I release it to the larger universe, but I hope to have something more to say soon.
This was a fun project. I haven’t written a choral piece in a long time, and I’ve never written anything for male chorus before.
Now it’s back to the trio. For some reason, it’s proceeding rather slowly. Not badly at all, in fact, it’s turning out quite well, but progress on it is slower than usual for me. I have no idea why.