b Riding East: June 2015

Friday, June 12, 2015

Étude-Tableaux Nos. 1, 2, and 3

I have decided I will write a set of Étude-Tableaux. Hopefully six. I think the form is open to exploration, and am surprised no one seemed to follow Rachmaninoff. Some modern composers would object to any references to images or "programs", or God forbid the use of text [B.F.]... I kind of don't care what modern composers think.

I started with No. 3 a couple months ago. I then realized that my previous "Lander Pass" made a lot of sense in the set, and having never written a score for the piece, spent a month transcribing and frankly recomposing the piece. The set starts with Lander Pass as No. 1. I also realized that a late "prelude" -- a term I attached to several pieces that lacked any relationship to one another but were simply experiments of sorts -- also belonged in this set. Voila, No 2, dedicated to my brother Greg.

I'm now committed. I'm starting to put together some sketches for Nos 4, 5, and 6.

Étude-Tableaux No. 1
Étude-Tableaux No. 1 score

Étude-Tableaux No. 2
Étude-Tableaux No. 2 score

Étude-Tableaux No. 3
Étude-Tableaux No. 3 score