This is one of those compositions that I thought I would never post here until I completely finished the work with Garritan samples and the score in Finale, but since everyone is sharing their ways before Garritan I thought I would share also. This work will give you an insight on how I used to compose using my Kurzweil Mark 10 digital piano. I have told some of you that I hear music in my head 24/7 even in my sleep. My biggest fear in music is not writer's block, but getting it all down before my time is up on this earth.
I compose most of my work while being alone in church and normally at night. I know it sounds terribly artistic and corny, but it is true. In the past I would improvise what I heard in my head on the Kurzweil with the record button on. There are 8 tracks that I could layer the sounds, and I only used the sounds from the Kurzweil. After I completed the improvisation, if I like it I would work the "math" on staff paper adding additional instruments which I heard in my head. I would take the staff paper, redo the score in Finale, and then find live players to perform the work in concert. This is how I worked for years because I always knew that I could get live players for my work so the recordings were just for me like a blueprint to work from not a completed composition to ever be heard live. I literally have hours upon hours of me composing recorded live, and it is fun to go back and hear how the work has changed over the years.
So here is a "blueprint" of a work that will one day be the finale entitled "Pure Passion" to my requiem "In Remembrance." It's not in its finished form but you can still get an idea what the finished work will sound like. All of the tracks were recorded just one time in one take. What you hear is what I composed at that time and all of the sounds came from the Kurzweil digital piano.
Here's the program notes:
"Pure Passion," scored for orchestra, is the finale of the large-scaled work "In Remembrance, an American Requiem." The term "American Requiem" does not mean "for Americans," but means "composed by an American" giving homage to Johannes Brahms's "German Requiem." Some would also dub this work "The Money Trumpet Concerto" since it features the emotional range of the instrument from gentle compassion to extreme epic majestica, but the entire range of the brass family, including: flugelhorn, horn, trombone, bass trombone, euphonium, and tuba, is also explored throughout the piece through pure, unadulterated power. Out of the haunting enchantment of "The Garden of Love" the listener has a since that Death is resolute and the end of our journey, but "Pure Passion" comforts us in declaring, "Death is only the beginning." Lasting around 7 minutes and featuring 7 different instruments of the brass family, "Pure Passion" is dived up into 7 sections following one's life from their Earthly Mother to their Heavenly Father. This requiem was not composed for just the memory of one soul, but to all the loved ones who are so dearly missed and made a lasting impact on all our lives.
Listening Guide to the music with the pictures:
1. Earthly Mother (pictures: night, as one sleeps and not yet awaken)
2. Birth and the pure innocence of childhood (sky opening up to the pureness of snow)
3. Adulthood and true love (Tree of Life and shimmering, vivid colors)
4. Passing away (sunset to night. Note: the birds throughout the pictures represent guardian angels with us even through the passing of Death. Also note that in the very first picture with the woman, a bird sits on top of the tree.)
5. Time of reflection, remembrance, and the immersing soul from the entrapment of the body (blue pictures representing reflection and waves representing the rushing freedom of the soul)
6. The soul rising ("Discovering Eden," mountains, sky, and beyond)
7. Heavenly Father ("Hand of God and of Ours")