I can only guess it’s “Crescent Moon” :)

Google Alerts is a really useful tool, when you’re a two-bit composer like me, tracking performances of your works across the globe.

In this case, I was notified about the Central Coast Chorale in Oregon, USA, performing one of my works related to the moon recently.

I can only assume it was “Crescent Moon”.

If you’re from the Central Coast Chorale, or know anything about the performance, please contact me. I’d love to hear if it went well – and thanks for performing my work! 🙂

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Composition and the inner world

Some of the world’s greatest music is incredibly provocative and soul-wrenching, and I can’t help but wonder what was going through the composer’s life when he or she wrote certain pieces.

For example, singing or listening to Mozart’s Lacrimosa from the Requiem always brings me to tears. Does it have this effect on you?

I’ve been dealing with depression this week. I’ve actually had a fair amount of rough stuff in my life to deal with, and this week was, I guess, a final straw. So music, yet again, was here to heal and support me. As it always has been.

Not only is music supportive to listen to when we’re dealing with the trauma in our lives, it helps to compose and create music too. Our own music reflects what we’re going through, the ups and downs, and the times that challenge us.

So yes, I’m composing again. It feels weird to do so, after so long. I’m finding my voice has changed, I’m not writing in the same style, I’ve matured. Maybe I’ve grown up. Maybe that’s what years of dealing with the rough stuff does to you. I don’t know. I don’t have answers.

The pieces I’m writing are short, and to the point. They’re simple. And yes, of course they’ll be free. I’m hoping to have them done within the next week or two. One is a piece based on the themes of war and peace, and the other is a sea piece.

I’ll post them when they’re done.

I heard the bells on Christmas Day – performance by RMIT Occasional Choral Society

Here’s a lovely performance of my piece “I heard the bells on Christmas Day” by RMIT Occasional Choral Society, Melbourne.

I didn’t even know they’d performed it until recently!

Here’s the text, for those of you unfamiliar with Longfellow’s classic 1864 civil war poem, “Christmas Bells”. I’ve omitted a few verses, for length.

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
“There is no peace on earth,” I said;
“For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men.”

The piece opens with just women singing (soprano and alto), then tenor join in, then bass for a verse, then a solo tenor verse before the full choir extend to six part harmony for the final verse.

I hope you enjoy the piece. I think they did a great job of it.