June 2010 update (a day early for once)

Since I finished the Trio last month, I admit I was looking forward to being able to relax without any deadlines for a while. Well, that didn’t last very long.

I’ve been asked to write a work for 2 pianos and percussion, for Cramped Spaces, an ensemble made up of ISU people. While I’ve been mulling over a few ideas, I haven’t started anything yet. But since they want to perform it next spring, I have to start soon.

Also, the Sycamore Singers, one of ISU’s choral groups, wants me to write something for them to sing in the Fall. I believe I mentioned that last month. Again, I’m thinking about various possiblities, but haven’t started on anything yet.

Actually, my main composition project for the past month or so is a return to Strings In the Earth and Air, for tenor voice, viola, and piano. I’d sketched most of this last year before putting it aside. After finishing the trio, I got this out again and started working on it. It seems now that I need to re-do parts of it before I can work on the finale score. But I’ll get it done one of these days.

Since May 20, I’ve been working on a transcription of Liszt’s Benediction de Dieu Dans La Solitude, transforming it from a piece for solo piano to a piano duet. Beverly Sims, a friend from ISU and a colleague of Martha’s in Cramped Spaces, requested this. As of now, a draft is finished. I want Bev and Martha to read through it as part of the proofreading process, then there’ll be a lot of polishing and layout to finalize, but the hard part is done.

Coming up, another set of arrangements for organ and orchestra, for Cameron Carpenter and the Carmel Symphony Orchestra again (I guess they liked what I did last year). This year it looks like they want a set of Cole Porter songs. This will need to be done in time for a November performance, so once I find out what songs they want, I’ll have to start right away.

There are a few other possible projects as well, but since there’s nothing definite to report, I’ll hold off for now.

Suddenly there’s too much stuff to keep track of, but I guess there are worse problems to have.

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