Overview The quick, rhythmic pattering of a cappella voices paints the scene for the listener: a chilly errant breeze in the hush before dawn. (Perhaps after the meterless, suspended sound-world of Golden Stars‘ night?) Just like the poet uses language to evoke imagery, the composer can use rhythm, melody, and harmony to support specific aspects of the text. In this case, […]
I am pleased to announce the coming March 2017 release of Stories, performed by the Byrd Ensemble, directed and produced by Markdavin Obenza. The album will be released on CD and available as digital downloads from on iTunes and Amazon. You will also be able to buy the CD from this website—thereby directly supporting this composer.Byrd Ensemble, CD, Recording
The Brightest and Best video can also be found on YouTube or on Facebook. If you like the video, please share with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, etc., and Like it on YouTube or on Facebook. Overview Every Christmas, I get in the mood to write some Christmas music. This is somewhat unfortunate, in that I […]a cappella, Christmas, Hymn, Sacred, SATB, Video
Calling all MMR campers! Come join me on Tuesday morning (2-Aug-2016) at 8:30 AM in MUSIC 201 for a presentation “On the Origins of Harmony: The Wondrously Wild (& Wacky) World of Harmonics”. The presentation will cover what harmonics are, where they come from, and how the impact our every-day music-making.Lecture
Vox 16 will present Break, Break, Break during their “Modern Choral: A Century of American Choral Music” concert on April 16, 2016 at 7:30pm at Trinity Parish Church, Seattle.
Tennyson’s poem opens with rather conventional imagery (crashing sea, coldness, grayness). So, too, the music starts with a texture that mimics the endless crashing waves—a cascade of falling voices resolving suspensions only to create new ones: “break, break, break, …” The main narrative is then taken up by the choir in a style that is thick with suspensions that reflect the narrator’s yearning…a cappella, Lord Tennyson, SATB, SSAATTBB