Concert of Chamber Music a Success - Music by Chip Michael
I am very please to say last night's concert of my music went VERY well.
Here are a few of the pieces from it:
- Bamboo Suite
- Caitlin Conklin – Oboe, Danielle Smoot - English Horn, Adam Lusk - Bassoon
Bamboo Suite is a piece written for a trio of double reeds. In four movements, the piece covers a great deal of territory concerning 20th century music. The opening, First Sprouts - Simplicity, explores interval based music. The piece is written taking a root note with notes one semi-tone up, two semi-tones up and 5 semi-tones up. A pitch class of four notes was chosen to cross beyond the three instruments – require more than one note per player to complete the set. Scherzo – The Great Grass, takes the motive of the first movement and plays with the rhythm obscuring the pulse again and again in a playful manner. The Choral – Delicate Blossoms explores the tonal color of the various instruments utilizing alternate fingerings as well. Finale – Versatility is a “neo-romantic” piece taking elements of the other movements and weaving them together to show a commonality and versatility to each, throwing in some jazz “riffs” for fun.
- Erica Hogalund - Mezzo-Soprano, Ani Gyulamiryan - Piano
L’Infinito is an exploration of both writing in Italian and hexads, chords comprising six of the twelve notes. I don’t speak Italian but adore the sound of it; it lends itself beautifully to music. The key to Hexads is to use six of the twelve notes and then follow with the remaining six notes. So shifting between harmonies encompasses all twelve notes. Luigi Dallapiccola was more rigid in this technique, but even loosely applied it can produce some wonderfully ethereal sounds, which is what the poem is all about.
- Zach Manger - Guitar, Lucien Daigle – Tenor
País Más Allá is a wonderful poem by David Rosenmann-Taub and a chance for me to explore writing in Spanish (another language I don’t speak). Because of the South American roots of the poet I chose to use a guitar with many of the flourishes we expect in Spanish classical music.
- Ani Gyulamiryan – Piano
These were written to explore the relationship of bi-tonality, two keys playing simultaneously. The first Prelude starts with both hands in the key of C, but as they progress one hand moves up the circle of fifths, the other down. So, for example, in Prelude 3 one hand is playing in the key of D, while the other is playing in B-flat. While the pieces were originally conceived this way, for ease of performance they have been re-written with accidentals, rather than key signatures, but the two keys remain in the lines of the music.
- Reggie Berg - Piano
Easy on the Tonic is a solo jazz piano work. Much of my music is jazz influenced so I felt it was important to include something on the program that is completely devoted to that side of my musical taste.