Hi all; as Lent draws near, I wanted to pass along a couple of updates.
First — Kurt Sander submitted his finalized section of the Psalm 103 Project yesterday. Only one section remains before we have a completed score!
Along the way, people have had questions about how the collaborative process was working for this undertaking. As it works out, Kurt had submitted an earlier version of the score last spring, and his revisions provide an opportunity to give a peek at the working approach of this project, and how everybody has endeavored to produce a unified whole even within separate idioms.
When the composers met in October of 2013, an aspect of the structure they came up with involved the key moving by step in each section. The first section is in D, the second section in E, the third in F#, the fourth in G, and so on. Everybody worked out the solutions for smooth transitions between sections amongst themselves; for example, Alex Khalil’s section leads into Kurt’s like so:
A melody line in the Fourth Mode (using F# as Vou) ending on F#, with a bass drone/pedal point on F# is picked up by Kurt and used as the basis for a modulation into G major:
Kurt’s section originally ended thus, in G minor:
However, Matthew Arndt’s section begins this way:
In looking at each other’s work when we got together in Cincinnati last June, Matthew and Kurt felt that a better transition was possible; Matthew made a couple of suggestions, and this is what Kurt came up with:
Matthew’s initial tone cluster of B-G-A is now set up a little more in advance, and the seam between sections is far more smooth and elegant.
The collaborative effort has been great all around, and I’ve learned a lot from watching everybody work together. I really can’t wait for you to hear this, and I’m hoping that I can make a formal announcement soon both about the score being completed, and also about when it might be possible for people to hear it!
Which brings me to my other update: an anonymous donor has made the Finland trip possible, so the ticket is booked and the registration paid for. I am hopeful that it will be possible to do some score reading during the presentation; in any event I will plan on getting as much video from the presentation as I can manage. If you want to support our ongoing activities of this nature, please contact me or click on the Support button above.
Thanks very much for your continued support, and we’ll talk more soon!