There’s this piano quartet composition competition for all ages (they’ve gotten as young as 17 and as old as 65; I’m ’bout to stretch that) that I’m entering in late November. A piano quartet is an ensemble work for violin, viola, cello, and piano.
I’m in the process of composing a three-movement work called “The EARTH Suite,” which is imagery of our planet, nature, the Moon, etc. in music form. Right now I’m about halfway through the first movement, “Crystal Skies,” but I have ideas for the second and third.
suite = a series of usually three or four short pieces/movements usually played in succession; a famous example is “Suite Bergamasque” by Claude Debussy, whose third out of fourth movement is Clair de Lune, his most famous piano piece.
movement = a piece that is a part of a larger work comprised of multiple pieces i.e. one of the pieces in a suite
Some pics that don’t have copyright on them because I’m not rich, so please don’t distribute/copy LOL:
Anyway, that’s about the limit I can show you. I’m not allowed to release any audio recording of it until the conclusion of the competition, as the quartet that’s planning on selecting and playing the winning piece wants to be the first to perform and publish it. It’s a great opportunity for musicians like me to compose with some motivation and possibly have it recognized, as this competition is only for people whose compositions have not been professionally recorded or performed.
Yes, the score looks complicated because there are four instruments. Each instrument sounds really simple by its own and they naturally come together nicely when played back. This is what I’ve been doing 25% of this summer. I’d say 50% practicing piano and the other 25% video gaming/eating. 😛
Anyway, I’m going to be posting short (like 30- to 60-second) videos on Instagram @x.luka_puka.x and hopefully a full-length piece on YouTube soon. Hopefully you guys can bear with an iPhone 4’s video quality. In the meantime I hope everybody’s having a fun and/or productive summer! I’m halfway through and I want to cry, but at the same time I want high school to give me something to do…