Sunday, July 27, 2014

Video of the Week: Mazel Tov

Last night I watched a local performance of Fiddler on the Roof, so this week I'll present a clip from the movie--one of my favorite songs from the musical.

I think it's called "Mazel Tov" or "Tevye's Dream."  In the musical, Tevye is trying to convince his wife that their daughter should marry the poor tailor instead of the rich butcher.  But how to do this without incurring his wife's wrath?  He comes up with this ingenious plan to have a "vision" in his dreams ...

Oh, and I realized from the performance last night that the movie uses a condensed form of the song.  It's still pretty funny.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Video of the Week: Broken Glass Part 2

Here are the final two pieces from my collection "Broken Glass."

#3) Scherzo (1984) - Featuring 2 notes against 3.  This one might be my favorite, though it's another one of those where my mom used to say, "That one makes me nervous."  Hee hee hee.

#4) Finale (1985) @2:26 - Featuring 3 notes against 4.  (Not my best performance, evidently, but the only one I have so far recorded.)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Video of the Week: Broken Glass Part 1

A couple of weeks ago I introduced one of my favorite living composers, Philip Glass.  You'd never guess it, but a year or two before I became introduced to him myself, I had written a few pieces that sounded similar to his.  What an interesting coincidence.

There are four pieces in this collection.  Here are the first two pieces.  Next week I'll present the other two.

#1) Prelude (1984) - Featuring 3 notes vs. 2.  Compare this piece with Philip Glass's Opening from his Glassworks.

#2) Minuet (1985) @3:00 - Featuring 4 notes vs. 6.

New Page for My Music

I've just added a new feature to my blog: a "My Music" tab.  This new page will (eventually) list all the music I've composed.  So far, I've added all the music I've showcased on this blog, and I'll add more later as I have time.

Here's a link to the new page (or you can click on "My Music" at the top of the page).


Friday, July 4, 2014

Video of the Week: Battle Hymn of the Republic

Happy 4th of July!  This week, I'll feature this performance of The Battle Hymn of the Republic.  You'll most likely recognize that this is the famous Wilhousky arrangement (that the Mormon Tabernacle likes to sing), except Sister Wheeling (my partner in crime) and I adapted this for the organ.

We played this for a sacrament meeting just before Veteran's Day 2012.  (And don't worry ... this recording was made the following Wednesday night, and not during the actual sacrament meeting.)

Enjoy this patriotic hymn.