Back in my mind

It’ll be time for a new update soon, but until then, I thought it would be interesting to list a few ideas for possible future projects.

“Chamber Music” for tenor, viola, and piano: a song cycle on poetry of James Joyce. This one actually has a chance of getting done. I have the beginning written of a setting of “Strings In The Earth And Air,” which would be the first song in the proposed cycle. Assuming I see it through, the complete cycle will consist of eight songs. The idea is at least 30 years old. As an undergraduate composition student, I picked out the poems and started a setting for baritone and large ensemble, but never got very far with the project. Something recently reminded me of it, though, and now I’m reimagining the idea.

A couple of years ago, I wrote The Rain Is Full Of Ghosts, a cycle of three songs on poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay for mezzo-soprano, viola, and piano. If I’m able to finish the Chamber Music cycle, I will have written a total of eleven songs with viola, which as far as I know, will be a new world record! (If I’m correct, Loeffler holds the current record, with nine.)

“Death Carol” for chorus and orchestra, a setting of part of Walt Whitman’s When Lilacs Last In The Dooryard Bloom’d. I have wanted to write this for years, and actually have a section of it sketched. But I don’t know when or if I’ll have the opportunity (or the time) to finish it.

Tone poem on “Gilgamesh.” I got interested in The Epic Of  Gilgamesh last year, and read several treatments of it. I thought of writing a large-scale tone poem on it, and sketched out a theme for the opening. Currently I have no other ideas for it, and I doubt that this will ever see the light of day. I may eventually use the theme in something else.

“Atmosphere,” electronic music. Several years ago, when I was first getting into software instruments, I started what I thought would eventually become a CD-length composition. I managed to nearly finish recording about 10 minutes worth of it, and wrote out another five minutes or so, but then the project fizzled out. I still think about it from time to time, and may eventually return to it.

Still-untitled CD project. Since this one is actually very likely to come about, and I don’t want to give it away yet, I’ll keep the details to myself for now.

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3 Responses to Back in my mind

  1. Peter Bergman says:

    What has happened to your Millay cycle? Is it available to hear, or to play through?

  2. Dan Powers says:

    Thanks for asking. Unfortunately I don’t have a recording of it at the moment. I’m hoping to rectify the situation someday soon. As soon as I can get some friends together to record it, I’ll let you know.

  3. Dan Powers says:

    I forgot to mention, the sheet music is available for sale. Contact me if you’re interested.

    Thanks again.

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