Imagine an elderly person, perhaps near death, having a heartfelt conversation with a stubborn clock that keeps chiming
So I’m having a creative crisis.
Teardown and oral history of the first movement of my Creation suite for orchestra and chorus, “Let There Be Light”.
Originally posted on The life and times of Perry…:
It’s hard to imagine that a whole week has gone by since the tragic death of George Floyd in the United States of America, and yet the protests continue around the world. When we see the images beamed across our television screens it is also hard…
What’s tickling my ears at the moment, Feb 2020.
Teardown and oral history of my eleven-movement suite for orchestra and chorus, Creation.
My wife Olga and I have matching tattoos on the back of our necks — there’s a connection to music, and each other.
I’ve had a complicated relationship with music. This was going to be a short post about why I compose, but it turned into a memoir. #longreads
Johann Sebastian Bach used to sign all of his manuscripts with either the initials S.D.G. or the Latin phrase soli deo gloria. It means “To God alone be glory” and it’s a confession that the art contained therein belongs to the creator and is intended by the artist to glorify Him, not to glorify Bach. It’s less well-known that he often started his compositions with the initials J.J., or Jesu juva, “Jesus Help” or the German version, J.H.