I wanted to share with you all an experience that I had using samples to inspire performers to play my music. I presented Dr. Brian Bailey, who is a professor of organ and sacred music, with the score and the recording. After he read the score while the music was playing I simply asked,“Do you like it?” He said, “Yes. When would you like for me to perform it?” I told him the date and like they say, “The rest was history.”
Organized Chaos uses a modern compositional technique in which every measure modulates to a different key. So each measure acts as a pivot chord to the next. I first wrote the chord progression then melodic lines connecting them with passing tones. What started as a compositional exercise turned into an actual composition surprisingly enough. Right before Dr. Bailey was about to go on stage he turned to me with a smile and said, “You know what? This is the first time I have ever played a work that ended in a diminished 7th chord,” and in a weird way that made me happy.
Music Score: https://www.box.com/s/d4a81e741bdd10aaaa5d
Garritan Harpsichord Sample: https://www.box.com/s/7b9e1e3f7357f9c16978
Live Recording: (the live recording was in Rosen Concert Hall) https://www.box.com/s/73465506d02260df0299