Here is the 2nd movement to my first piano sonata. I am trying to finish up this piano sonata soon, because I have put off the last movements for far too long. Gotta keep on keepin’ on.
Here is another 30 minute composition. This is written in 5/8 time, so there is a constant “incomplete” feeling most of the time… but I kind of like that. As far as composing for 30 minutes, I made it to about bar 24. That is pretty much the exposition for a piece that ended up […]
Prelude in E major was finished in about 26 minutes. I made some slight changes after entering it into Sibelius.
In my last post, I talked about how I was going to get back into composing short pieces in 30 minutes or less. So here, I am putting my money where my mouth is. This was composed 10 December, in 29 minutes and 50 seconds exactly. Prelude in Eb Major For this piece I was […]
Have you ever thought about the effect of key signatures on your composing? Does it matter what key signature you compose in, or can you just transpose after the fact and thats that? Key Signatures as Souls Paolo Pietropaolo seems to think that’s not the case. He has put together a very fascinating series on […]
I thought I’d post about my own composing activities, which is something that I haven’t done a whole lot. Composing is a funny thing sometimes, because what you plan out, isn’t always what you end up finishing with. I’ll talk a little more about that when I get to my Piano Trio (still in progress […]
Here are a few new compositions I’ve done this month. Last month, I was out of the loop, so I am trying to get back into it with a passion.
I wanted to write something after hearing a jazz pianist play some augmented chords up and down a whole tone scale. This is what I came up with. Enjoy!
30 Minute Composition #4 – B Minor These are turning out to be very valuable exercises. I feel like I am learning a lot about the connection of melody, harmony and form. It is easy to get yourself stuck in a melody without thinking about the underlying harmony. When I do fill out the harmony, […]
30 Minute Composition #3 – D Major This one proved to be a little more difficult in the D minor section. I was attempting to make it sound a little “medieval.” It usually comes down to the wire with these. You may notice in bar 8, it slows down, kind of boring. This is because […]
30 Minute Composition #2 – G Major. Another one bites the dust. Just barely made it this time. Let me know what you guys think of these. I plan on breaking these down in the future for short lessons on composing and honing your composing skills. Jon
Here is my first 30 minute composition in E minor. I plan on doing a lot of these. 30 Minute Composition #1 in E Minor