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Life is Music (wait, that’s backwards)

My first semester Music Composition project in Graduate School is done!  For a while now, I’ve been waking up, composing, eating, teaching, composing, practicing, and then composing some more, all the while still hoping that I’m actually learning something and getting better instead of just rambling on and on with music.  The premise of my project was two selections from one scene out of an idea that I had for an opera in the blues/jazz style.  The opera that I have in mind would be based on the Biblical Jacob’s life.  I wrote the text for the one scene (and some staging directions), then got to work on the music, studying about the styles and writing in them.  The scene is when Jacob (Jake in the opera) meets his future wives.  He makes a deal with his future father-in-law (Louie in the opera) for the daughter that he has fallen in love with (Rachel in the opera).  Louie then conspires to trick Jake into marrying his other daughter (Leia in the opera).  I finally produced an instrumental “Transition” (or scene transition) to the scene and a song (aria and recitative) for the end of that same scene.  The “Transition” will be performed by the ensemble in residence at my upcoming residency in Vermont, and the song (aria and recitative) will hopefully get recorded (in a rough version) before then.  In the mean time, here are parts of the scores for your perusal and enjoyment.

Transition to Louie’s Scene-CallithumpianConsort-AnnaChapman-Preview1

Transition to Louie’s Scene-CallithumpianConsort-AnnaChapman-Preview2

Transition to Louie’s Scene-CallithumpianConsort-AnnaChapman-Preview3

Not Me Blues-Band-AnnaChapman-Preview

Any attempt to copy, distribute, or claim this musical material for personal use or gain is against the law and will be severely frowned upon.  The composer claims all rights to and ownership of this music.  Please contact her with questions or requests for distribution.

Under Construction

“Hello, World!”  I’m in the process of constructing this blog, which will mainly serve as my website with an added feature blog about my musical exploits, adventures, and thoughts.  I plan to blog my thoughts about teaching music, performing music, and composing music.  I would love to read your responses and thoughts on the same as well, so feel free to comment.

Along with this webpage, my life at the moment is also “under construction.”  I am recruiting more music students for additional income, sharpening my performance skills with a band, and have started a Masters program in music composition with lots and lots of homework.

So, my thought for the day?  Homework.