(missed connections despite)

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(missed connections despite)

missed connections despite. I finally decided on a title for the piece I'm writing for the Iowa State Symphony performance in the fall. I've been toying with titles for this piece now for a few months, struggling to get the right confluence of words to inspire my creative self into writing the damned piece. This is the title. I'm telling myself it is...

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The Michael Jackson Diaries (Part Five)

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The Michael Jackson Diaries (Part Five)

Up until a few days before the deadline to finish the piece, Michael Jackson was supposed to have five movements.  The last movement was to be quiet, distant, slow all to avoid the "big ending." The title was: against love, against live, against being.

It was to be connected to the ending of mo. 4, and begin without pause.  On the left is a sketch of what that movement would have looked like, if it was written.

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The Michael Jackson Diaries (Part Four)

I would like to, one day, do an entire post about writing music out by hand, but for now here's a brief run through on the process of writing out page 8.  

It starts with the non-photo blue pencil to mark beats, barlines and to measure the page out.  After adding the instrument names, I draw the barlines.  Don't forget to add the drafting powder to avoid smudging! Then I write everything in from bottom to top.  0.7mm pencil for noteheads and general writing, 0.5mm for indications, and 5B for larger markings and meter changes.  Add the measure numbers, page number, do a general clean up with a dry-cleaning pad, and voila – done!

 

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