circle•dances (2016, rev. 2020-2021)

organ - 19 min

circle•dances began as a brief collection of holiday-season tunes, but grew into something much bigger in 2020. I revisited this collection on and off during the COVID-19 pandemic as a way to relax and experiment with algorithmic composition. What used to be a collection of light-hearted pieces became both a more calculated expression and the use of older composition techniques articulated with modern taste.

In addition, the score is adorned with painstakingly drawn illustrations that allude to the symbols referenced in the history of each tune (or the words associated with them).

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the score can be downloaded for free. please note that the music is protected by copyright. if you'd like to play the piece, feel free to get in touch with me here.

this piece was recorded on the Taylor & Boody organ at NorthChurch in Cincinnati, OH.

all music, text, and images ©2021 Graeme Shields unless otherwise noted