Today we hear Kevin’s second from the top favorite, “Autumn” with words by Thomas Hood. Michele Baroody is the soloist.
He also shares with us this description of his composing process:
“I like to think of it as very organic. I try to give my creativity time to breathe and have had few experiences in my life where I was under such pressure to write that it felt forced and unnatural. A few general guidelines (perhaps unwritten) about my compositions is the strength of the melody and the constant self-awareness of development. I prefer to stay close to my original ideas throughout a piece and enjoy the crafting of repetition with variation. I enjoy calculated dissonances, especially on text stresses and often use 2nds, 4ths and 7ths to color my music with appropriate harmonizations. I also enjoy writing underlying rhythmic devices which serve as a complimentary underscore to the momentum of the piece. I have a slight aptitude for synesthesia, and I often prefer certain keys based on the color mood that I am trying to write. I’ve always considered the publishing of my choral music as a blessing. I have made great friendships in this field and am privileged to have the Consort Chorale share in the joy of music making!”
|Quiz of the Day|
What was Kevin’s favorite performance by Consort of one of his pieces?