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, and it feels like a good time to look back, as I’ve done in previous years. Let’s see how I did.

Compositions finished: one.

Actually more like half of one, since the first movement and half of the third movement of the Trio had been finished by the end of 2009. So in 2010, I finished the third movement and wrote all of the second. The trio was wrapped up on May 11.

And that was the only composition I did. But it was a pretty substantial amount of work!

Arrangements finished: well, a lot, and I seem to have lost count. Let’s see…

  • Three Cole Porter arrangements for organ and orchestra, written for Cameron Carpenter and the Carmel Symphony
  • A huge arrangement of The Star Spangled Banner for large orchestra (with extra brass and an organ!), with mixed chorus, again for the Carmel Symphony.
  • Home For The Holidays, a jazzy arrangement for voice and orchestra, performed by the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, and Carmel Symphony.
  • Some Children See Him, ditto.
  • Oseh Shalom orchestrated for Columbus Indiana Philharmonic.
  • Third movement of the Gurewich Saxophone Concerto, transcribed for saxophone and band, for Scotty Stepp.
  • Benediction de Dieu Dans La Solitude by Franz Liszt, transcribed for two pianos.
  • Most of Stravinsky’s Histoire du Soldat transcribed for string quartet (not yet finished, actually, so I probably shouldn’t list it yet.
  • Several small arrangements for string quartet, which I’ve been doing in a pretty halfhazard fashion for several months. They’re pretty disorganized right now, so I’m not actually sure how many I’ve done. Perhaps in the coming year I can be a little more systematic about it.
  • A new edition of Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, based on Leon Jessel’s original orchestration, expanded for full orchestra.

And that was a look back at the past year, on the last day of 2010. Tomorrow, the first day of the new year, I’ll have a bit to say about what I hope to accomplish. Till then, Happy New Year to all, and may the coming year be better than the last.

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