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Wed, Feb. 9th, 2005 01:24 pm
Work and Whitacre

Well, this is the first day that I've worked this semester. Before now, I've not had any scheduled time because of the lack of hours that I have available to work and the lack of workstudies for IS. Now that I've managed to get scheduled time, I'm working. I have two hours and Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as an hour on Thursday. So far, nothing exciting has happened (which is actually kind of a good thing).

In the meantime, I just got a taste of Eric Whitacre, who is a current composer that Danielle (a girl in the choir, the other AD for All My Sons, and an actoress in The Bourgeois Gentleman) has been raving about. Personally, I like a lot of what he's doing in the song that we looked at, but I'm not sure I like it sonically. Granted, the piece we're working on is a memorial for the parents of the one who commissioned Whitacre, but it's still a little too dissonant for me (who ever thought those words would come out of my mouth writing? :P )

On the other hand, there's a great deal about composition I can take from the piece (that's not to say I'll copy him, but rather that I'm drawing form and idea out of it or maybe even inspiration). I don't have to be a music major to know that there's some complex stuff going on in the piece. However, I think it's a temptation in modern music to want to be too complex or too simple. I think that writing like Whitacre's tends to be too complex and not enough simple. Of course, popular music tends to be too simple and not enough complex. I, personally, want to find the balance between them (though a little more on the complex side).

Anyway, I think I'm done for now.

Current Mood: artistic artistic
Current Music: "Sleep" -Eric Whitacre