Wedges for Classical Guitar by Dr. Mitchell

I became interested in twelve-tone hexachordal combinatoriality after studying the works of Arnold Schoenberg. Wedges is my latest composition utilizing this approach. I’ve found it to be the most efficient way to cycle through the row and generate a consistent and convincing accompaniment part. It works particularly well in counterpoint.

I decided to share the score and recording on my blog because I thought perhaps music theorists would find it interesting to analyze. Besides hexachordal combinatoriality, there are a number of compositional tools packed into this piece. So, feel free to download and print the score. Here are some things to look for:

  1. Hexachordal Combinatoriality
  2. Wedges – You’ll find musical gestures converging on a single note from opposite directs in counterpoint.
  3. Motivic Parallelism
  4. Augmentation and Diminution
  5. Octave Displacement
  6. Rhythmic Motives in Retrograde
  7. Polymelodies
  8. And More… ; )

Have fun analyzing!

The Matrix

The Wedge

The Score

Wedges – Score

The Recording


“Champagne” by David Mitchell

“Champagne” is a rock/funk tune, which some have described as David Bowie meets The Commodores. This song was written, recording and mixed by Dr. David Mitchell, aka The Professor.

The song begins and ends with the sound of a champagne bottle being opened. It utilizes musique concrete techniques pioneered by Pierre Schaeffer and spatialization techniques inspired by Edgard Varese.

Click on your preferred streaming service below and check it out:

“Champagne” Streaming on Spotify
“Champagne” Streaming on Apple Music
“Champagne” Streaming on Pandora