Since the last post, I've also expanded the soloist's role just a little bit more throughout the entire concerto in order to fully showcase their artistic and technical capabilities to an even greater degree. The latter especially comes through at full force with this third and final movement of Summertime Echoes, "Blazing Spectacles." To preserve some surprises with this piece, only the teaser preview of this movement has been provided.
Do these relationships continue beyond summer? Or, do some of them end? What defines these relationships?
How can time change one or both people? What experiences can change them?
If you read my previous post yesterday about Four Ethereal Planes, the introduction to this blog series is similar:
Several years ago, I wrote a blog series documenting the compositional process for my first concerto - a piece for double bass and chamber ensemble that was commissioned by Matthew Gibson, a then-current doctoral student at Michigan State University. This helped me be able to better articulate the ideas I had for the piece during this process, along with documenting how some of the decisions made during that process ultimately helped shape the work into what it eventually became. Furthermore, it was the first time I opened up more about my own compositional process for creating new music.
This blog series for Summertime Echoes will mostly follow a similar path to the one written for the double bass concerto. There is also another ongoing blog series for my other concerto to be written this summer, a work for solo jazz piano and big band. With both of these series, I intend to delve further into the compositional process for these works and, in a way, discover how much this process has changed in the few years that passed since my last blog series. With every new commission and project, one of the most important goals I always strive to accomplish is to go a different direction in my compositional process from the last piece I've written. Both of these series will explore these approaches as well.
So, this first blog post serves as an introduction to the piece and some of my initial inspirations -