What I’m calling “The Music Interaction Project” is a call to anyone who would like to share their latest artistic endeavors with the readers of my blog and/or share my musical compositions. You can leave comments, ideas, links to your websites, photos….you can also email me if you are interested in playing my original chamber works. I’m currently researching how to publish and/or share my comps. but in the meantime here’s a shout out to you in case you are looking for new 21st Century music to play and perform.
I’ve been working on a variety of musical projects lately and have turned my interest to composing projects, especially for violin and piano. “Crystal Cove” was the first of my violin and piano pieces to be performed for a live audience. Its positive reception encouraged me to write more for violin and piano but because so much is changing in my career right now, I have little time to collaborate and share these works with a live audience. That’s why I decided to share the main theme of my newest composition with you. I want to share the background, influences and ideas that went into this piece. I also want to know if any of you would be interested in playing and perhaps performing this piece in its entirety.
There were many, many ideas that swirled around before this piece was born, but I can name some of them.
Debussy’s music shows an interest in music that does not fit into the typical western mold that we saw in 19th century Europe. His tone colors cannot nor should not be classified by the textbook style “functional harmonic analysis”. He was influenced by the Javanese Gamelan but didn’t copy this style. He took these sounds into consideration and made his own musical language. I love this about Debussy and this is what I am emulating in my works right now.
I love the beauty, simplicity and balance of Japanese and Chinese art. We are fortunate to have the Huntington Library in San Marino with the Garden of Flowering Fragrance, the largest Chinese garden outside China. This is a rich source of inspiration.
And there is such a spirit and joy found in traditional music of India.