For your ears:
(a PDF version of the manuscript will be available soon... hopefully some time before tomorrow night but I don't know how much time I have to work on it )
For your eyes:
A while back I decided I wasn't good enough at music to continue working with it. The thoroughly miserable year that followed made me realize that (cliched as it sounds) my music may not be much, but it's literally almost all I have so I might as well see it through to the end.
So, with that out of the way... I'm currently working on a neoclassical symphony using themes from Japanese folk songs. I'm a miniaturist by nature (as are, oddly enough, many Japanese traditional artists) so don't expect anything huge and sprawling. Just enough to entertain an audience for 15-20 minutes or so.
This first movement is in something like traditional sonata form except for using rough approximations of the Japanese "In" and "Do" scales (instead of minor and major keys) and the absence of modulatory bridge passages (which often confuse me - a "transitional passage" from minor to relative major seems about as necessary as a "transitional fruit" between peaches and nectarines). The A and B themes are both derived from traditional Japanese melodies, though by now so thoroughly transformed that I'm worried actually identifying them would confuse rather than clarify. I'll provide links if anyone is curious.
The (relatively modest) Orchestra So Far...
2 Flutes (one doubling alto flute ad. lib.)
1 Bass Clarinet
Marimba, Glockenspiel, Triangle (one player for all three if necessary)
1st & 2nd Violins
I have this recording labeled as a "draft" because I'm not sure it's reached its final form yet. If anyone has ideas or suggestions for how it could be effective, I'll take them very seriously.