As promised on an earlier blog, I've included a couple more fiddle tunes that I've composed lately. They may be found on the "Fiddliferous" page. They're named "The Wells Hill Boar" and "Mary's Oe'r to See Her Nephews". Hope you fiddlers enjoy playing them.
I've provided an audio file of my composition titled "Dichotomous Moon", broken out of the orchestral score as a quintet for 1st and 2nd orchestral harps, viola (played predominately in pizzacato), cello and contrabass.
The composition came to me one day as I gazed longingly into the beauty of a dichotomous moon. The modulations from major to minor keys help with the dichotomy.
The piece may be heard on my "Stringed Quartets and Quintets" page under the "Cinematic Classical" dropdown.
My friend Tim Farrell, fiddler from Maine, has passed away and I've included his obituary here. I will miss Tim. He was a wonderful man and an incredible fiddler. May he rest in Peace.
I recently found an old Sonatina for stringed quartet that I composed when I was nineteen years of age. I lived in "The Little Brown House" in Keene, NY and was engaged in a flurry of composing orchestral works in preparation for college. I was working summer days for an auctioneer / scrap iron dealer, and my days off from working for him I would spend caddying at the Au Sable Club Golf Course in St. Huberts. I remember spending nearly every night "hidden" in my bedroom away from family and friends in an all out attempt at finishing this Opus 10 No. 1, Sonatina for Stringed Quartet. I never did finish the third "Vivace" part, although it was well underway when I left for school.
I've spent the better part of the last two days entering the notes into the computer to have the two violins, one viola and one cello play the piece as far as I'd written it.
Here's the link........
I'll just take a moment to say a great big "Hello" and "Thank You" to the many visitors now stopping by from such far away places as the Czech Republic, Belgium, Switzerland, South Africa, Singapore and India.
I appreciate your taking the music theory quizzes and also browsing through the site.
Thanks, again. Please enjoy.
On the "Cinematic Bluegrass" page, I've recently included the words to an old Gospel song I composed many years back (1974). This is a tune that The High Peaks Boys used to sing at the many different bluegrass festivals we'd play at. Back then the band was comprised of Pete Richardson, Lauren "Ricky" Payro, Rocky Richardson, Dave Warner, Tom Wallace and yours truly.
I recently went hiking with Mary over the Wells Hill Road (also called the Lewis Road). A few days later, I finished composing a piece of music that came to me as we walked and chatted. I've named it "The Wells Hill Reel" (not to be confused with another tune I've composed and named "The Wells Hill Boar") and I'll post it to the "Fiddliferous" page in a few days.
Here's a picture of Spruce Brook as it flows through what's left of the beaver pond area on Wells Hill.
Yesterday, feeling the need to be challenged a bit, I asked Mary to pick a key, any key. I wanted to make composing a jig a little more challenging and she picked the key of E, with 4 sharps. "E" is a really rich key and has a couple of open strings that allow some fun ornamentation. So with challenge in hand I set off to compose a Jig in the key of E Major. I finished the first half yesterday and the last half today.
It's a "happy" sounding tune and suggests to me the way she feels when she's about to see her nephews, thus the title.
I'll post the sheet music on my "Fiddliferous" page in a day or so.
I would like to thank all my many visitors from the USA, Canada, Italy, France, Denmark, Saigon, Singapore and now most recently I've noticed several from both the Netherlands and Malaysia. Thanks for your thoughtful emails and for your kind comments with regard to the Theory page and my classical music.
October is the anniversary of several of my original fiddle tunes. I just uncovered a couple more tunes that I composed in 1989. "The Rue Castle" was the name of a little cabin in the woods that my family lived in when I was a small child. I remember a little sign above the door that someone had painted and hung there. It said "Rue Castle". Thirty years later I composed a fiddle tune in remembrance of this little home. Also, when I turned 39, I composed a tune reflecting my love for the beauty of a brook flowing from Knob Lock Mountain in the town of Keene, NY. I used to camp deep in the woods there. Also I found a tune that I composed on my 39th birthday which I aptly named "39 Today". I'll be posting the scores to these tunes shortly to the "Fiddliferous" page for any fiddler who might want to "saw" through them.