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:
Wedges – You’ll find musical gestures converging on a single note from opposite directs in counterpoint.
“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.
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This is a video and song written for Callie, “My Little Hound Dog”. : ) She’s a rescue dog with a great big heart and a talent for catching frisbees. All proceeds go to Lifeline Animal Project. Adopt a dog today. Their goal is to #emptythecages by National Dog Day, August 26th! Share and Enjoy! Jennifer Jones Mitchell wrote the lyrics. Click on the picture below to check out the video!
Duende, an Italian guitar/piano duo featuring Donato D’Antonio (guitar) and Matteo Ramon Arevalos (piano) will perform “Lake Avondale” by Dr. David Mitchell on their tour of Italy and the US, which begins Friday, May 24th in Modeno, Italy.
“Angularities” has been published by Dorn Publications. It’s now available on Amazon. Click on the image below:
“Angularities”, written for Dr. Tammy Evans Yonce, explores rhythmic, harmonic and melodic angularities for glissando headjoint flute. Harmonically, this piece uses octatonic, chromatic, minor pentatonic and minor pitch collections moving between pitch centricities with rapid, angular trajectories. Angular leaps in the melody are contrasted by smooth, scalar passages leading to a mournful middle section in D minor. Rhythmic angularities are bound together through syncopated rhythmic motives creating a sense of continuity and forward momentum. In short, this piece dances through pitch centers, slides through emotional twists and leaves the listener tapping their toes.
Thought I’d share my demo reel, which I use for commercial gigs. It features work I did for The Coca-Cola Company, Hilton Hotels and a video game score for Cogent Education. There’s also a pop tune at the end for good measure. Enjoy!
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Tammy Evans Yonce will release her debut album soon. Dr. Yonce is a flutist and professor of music at South Dakota State University.
One of the tracks on Dreams Grow Like Slow Ice is my original composition, “Angularities”, for solo glissando-headjoint flute. I wrote this piece specifically for Dr. Yonce, and I’m honored that she has included on this CD. Looking forward to the release. You can preordered below.
“River Run” captures the spirit of a wild, white water rafting trip in the summer of 2017. My family and I took a guided tour down the Ocoee River, specifically a section built for the 1996 Olympic Games, which runs through the Ocoee Gorge in the Chattahoochee National Forest. It features the longest stretch of class III and IV rapids in the country. We had a great time, but the raft overturned throwing us into fast moving rapids with sharp rocks. We came out of it unscathed, but it was a harrowing experience none the less.
Xylophone and marimba create the feeling of swift currents underlying foreboding melodic contours. Splashy percussion sounds like waves crashing on rocks, while three distinct melodic themes represent specific rapids on the Ocoee.
“River Run” features progress tonality meaning it starts in the key of C Phrygian and ends in the key of G minor without returning to the original key. This technique was made popular in the 19th century by romantic composers including Mahler, Schubert, Chopin, Brahms and Mendelssohn.
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