I think music should be beautiful on multiple levels.
It should not only be accessible and pleasant to hear, but should also contain
deeper meaning—secrets contained within which may not be obvious at first
listening. I write for real, classical instruments because I love the
individual element that a musician can add to a performance.
Below are a few examples of my music compositions.
The pieces are free to play for personal use only, and may not be
further distributed without permission.
|Frieze Patterns (2009)
One of my current composition projects is a seven-movement piano trio
with one movement inspired by each of the seven possible geometric frieze
See my paper on musical symmetry.
Here are piano sketches of the first three movements:
|1: Dizzy Hop
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|Nothing Has Changed (2008)
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A short Brahmsian piano solo composed in Dec. 2008.
Performed by Vi Hart (on an electric piano).
|Harry Potter Septet (2008)
Seven movements, seven voices, inspired by the seven-book
Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
(© Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and J. K. Rowling).
The few lyrics are all quotes from the books.
Approximately 90 minutes
for Soprano, Alto, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, and Piano.
|Requiem and Kyrie (2005)
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Chamber Orchestra and Choir.
These two tonal Requiem movements were written and performed at a
composer's concert in Spring 2005. The middle section of the first
movement is a fugue. This recording is only of the first movement,
taken at a rehearsal. Student performance.
|Dreamsong II (2004)
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|String Quartet for Violin, Viola, and Two Cellos.
The entire piece is a palindrome: played backwards,
the notes are exactly the same.
Try listening to the performance backwards!
|Thing IV (2003)
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|String Quartet for Violin, Cello, and Two Violas.
|My Favorite Sky (2005)
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|Clarinet, Violin, and Piano.
This atonal trio was written and premiered in spring 2005.
The recording is live from the concert. Student performance.
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|Duet for Piano and Mathematics.
Inspired by the paper
“Using Binary Numbers in Music”.
Performed by Vi Hart.