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Pareidolia, Greek for "beyond the image", is the human ability to identify familiar patterns in response to a stimulus where none exist. The result is often recognized as seeing faces or shapes in clouds, textured surfaces, carpets, or other mediums. This piece offers an aural medium for the mind to exercise this ability.

Divided into three sections, the pitch content, note duration, frequency of notes, and textural density are all determined by multiple types of dice. The end of each section was determined when every face of every die had been shown. To serve as a vehicle of development within the compositional process, every section is born out of slightly different p...

Originating from the 16th century, two forms of courantes co-existed with one another. The Italian Corrente uses fast triple meter, 3/4 and 3/8, while the French Courante tends to be much slower and alternates between 3/2 and 6/4 rhythms. Despire these differences and regardless of the form, composers of the time used the different spellings interchangeably, hence the combined spelling above. This short dance for trumpet and organ explores the commonalities between these two variations and presents them in a more contemporary harmonic language.

It is important to note that the form of a traditional courante acted only as a loose inspiration for the piece. There are...

7 Jul 2017

Two simple and straightforward pieces for piano, both inspired by weather.

i.

Petrichor: the earthy scent produced from rainwater falling on dry soil. The word is constructed using the Greek petra, meaning stone, and the word ichor, which refers to the blood of the gods of Greek Mythology.

Coined and created first by Bear and Thomas, 1964

ii.

Sun Dog: an atmospheric phenomenon that consists of a pair of bright spots on either side of the sun. Created by the light's reflection off ice crystals, they are also known as mock suns, phantom suns, or parhelia. 

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