1. Hi Samantha!

    I’ve never written a visual-spatial piece, but it seems pretty fun to write in an idiom that is vastly unfamliar. I typically use traditional notation with the help of a some invented or borrowed notation for extended techniques. However, I have played a few pieces with that writing technique before. One that comes to mind is Session 3 by William Bolcom–you should check it out if you’d like more inspiration. I also remember looking at a string quartet by Witold Lutosławski that was pretty great.

    Happy composing!


    1. Thank you for bringing these pieces to my attention Sakari! I will have to listen and look at them soon. As far as the visual special notation goes, I encourage you to try it. It really opened my eyes to new possibilities. When Scott, my teacher, asked me to try composing in this style, all that I was told to do was pick 5 instruments, one of which was percussion, and to NOT have a story, as many of my pieces have some sort of elaborate tale attached to them. He gave me the guidelines as to how I could separate time on the paper and then “go crazy” and come up with the key myself. He is working with me on edits and has thrown in the occasional suggestion but has left the construction entirely up to me. If you tried this type of piece, you would get to invent all of the notation if you really wanted and there are basically no rules!

  2. Hotel Herastrau Bucuresti

    You can certainly see your expertise within the work you write.
    The arena hopes for even more passionate writers such as you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe.
    Always follow your heart.

    1. Please see the disclaimer in the first sentence, unless you are colorblind to the color red (ha ha)!In my defense, I wasn’t exposed to his music as much at the time that I originally wrote the post:P He is definitely in the fluctuating top 10 now. Maybe it’s time for an updated list. Thank you for forcing me to listen to all of those symphonies in the time since, You Know Exactly Who this is.

  3. What a beautiful tribute to my father! It truly made me cry. Thank you for writing your piece. I wish I could be there to hear it! I hope you will record it and somehow make it available for listening. Thank you to Shanyse (spelling?) for sharing this. Thank you, Samantha, for remembering my father and taking his advice to heart.

    1. Thank you! He was a Great man with a Beautiful Soul. We were lucky to know him when we did. Bill will likely live stream his recital but I will send you a recording when it’s available.

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