In my life I’ve done a few things I’m proud of. For example, I’ve written two books. The first of these books has undergone extensive revision. And yet, in my mind these two books combined pale in comparison to the accomplishment of the Hamlet Symphony. From the first note to the last, every part of this hour long symphony, from notes to phrases to themes to sections to entire movements, interrelate and work together to form a cohesive whole. A note in the third movement is impossible with one from the second.
As many of you know, I decided to release the symphony back in February. All I’ll say is that although The Hamlet Symphony may be the culmination of my musical life, it is definitely not my most successful achievement! The Hamlet Symphony is available on iTunes and Amazon. It’s also available on CD Baby. Try here for Amazon UK.
The Hamlet Symphony is a companion to the famous play and portrays a little of its complexity in music. There are a few scenes set to music, but this isn’t a straight forward soundtrack, being meant more as a reflection on the characters and the action. In some ways The Hamlet Symphony is the emotional reaction one might have while reading or seeing the play. Continue reading →
The Hamlet Symphony is a companion to the famous play and portrays a little of its complexity in music. There are a few scenes set to music, but this isn’t a strait forward soundtrack, being meant more as a reflection on the characters and the action. In some ways The Hamlet Symphony is the emotional reaction one might have while reading or seeing the play.
The symphony can be described as visually influenced contemporary tonal classical music covering many moods and emotions, but with an overall dark psychological edge. This music was created as concert music but is suitable as a soundtrack to a tragedy. Continue reading →
Last Saturday I mentioned I was starting a new music project. I’m not going to go into any great detail yet, but I’ll give you the lowdown. I’ve been listening to a lot of the modern classical music I’ve written and I really like it. I’ve decided to release some of it on CD or mp3 downloads. I’ve done a little research and find that it is easier than I had thought. Currently I’m making new, more CD worthy mixes and will soon make a final master.
I’m going to release the music in two waves. The first one is a major orchestral piece while the second will be piano music. The two albums won’t come out at the same time but will be staggered by several months. Continue reading →
Years ago I was improvising at the piano and came up with a dark march in 5/4 time. I know, but it worked. I wrote it down as best I could and later worked it out into a finished piece of music. I called this dark ditty “Remembrance”. Continue reading →
I decided to talk about my Hamlet Symphony for the Third Monday Music post because I wanted to draw a skull. Can you think of a better reason to choose a topic? (Actually, I’ll be talking mostly about the second movement).
The Hamlet Symphony is by far the largest music project I have ever undertaken. This six movement piece scored for a large orchestra lasts just under an hour. Almost every note, be it a main theme or a background part, has some “meaning” in the larger scheme of things.
That being said, here we are mostly concerned with the second movement, Hamlet. Continue reading →