My last two solo piano pieces are finished, transcribed, and added to the collection!
Here is a screen shot of the working titles in what might be album order.
That’s fifteen songs and fifty-seven pages of sheet music! *
Of course, the music needs a lot of editing. Playing through a couple of the pieces this afternoon, I found several errors; I suspect there are many more. And, as I mentioned in my blog post last week, I need to go back and add in musical details: tempo markings, dynamics, articulations, etc. But what I have right now is enough to get me started with the hard work of polishing everything up and getting all the pieces ready to record.
Here are a few things I have found to be true during my time as a composer:
1. Composing is alternately challenging, satisfying, frustrating, and exhilarating.
2. Hours go by like minutes when I am working on a new solo piano piece.
3. Transcribing the music from my scribbles on staff paper is time consuming and tedious.
4. Like everything, transcription gets easier with experience.
5. I am already looking forward to writing music for my next album.
But first things first!
For now, I must set my pencil aside. In addition to a couple of handfuls of private students, I will be teaching all next week at a music camp. Then I will have just a few days to pack and make ready for my European adventure – details in my next post! After returning home, I will have just a couple of weeks – filled with teaching, performing, and preparing for the 2017-2018 academic – before I fly out to Sedona, Arizona to record my album on August 4th and 5th.
I will come home on Sunday, August 6th; school, and full-time teaching, will resume here the very next day.
Summer vacation? What summer vacation?
It doesn’t matter. For me, the gap between work and play grows narrower and narrower.
I am having the time of my life.
*FOR MUSIC NERDS ONLY
The key signatures and time signatures of my pieces are as follows:
A minor – 4 pieces
E minor – 1 piece
G major – 2 pieces
D major – 2 pieces
B major – 1 piece
F major – 2 pieces
E-flat major – 1 piece
G-flat major – 2 pieces
* * *
4/4 time – 8 pieces
3/4 time – 4 pieces
6/8 time – 3 pieces
And now you know!