This is the start of what will be a blog series dedicated to writing about the conceptualization of a new Concerto for Double Bass and Chamber Ensemble. This new work was commissioned by Matthew Gibson, a DMA performance major at Michigan State University. I've already begun work writing the piece this summer, and its premiere is scheduled to occur sometime next academic year (or the 2017-2018 season). There will also be a piano reduction created with the concerto in the future.
While I've had some experience writing for double bass (certainly for band and orchestra), this is the first opportunity I've been given to feature the bass as a true soloist. With every new piece, there are always a number of questions to be answered that open up new (and hopefully different) paths to explore. With that in mind, the first part of my process for this new concerto has involved discovering these thoughts and ideas.
Because I currently don't have any interesting pictures right now in relation to this topic, enjoy some more pictures of my cats. They are beautiful creatures.