I've composed for the great majority of my life and consider it to be my highest calling. While I have primarily composed for piano, my works so far include music for film and theater as well as music for a wide variety of solo instruments and ensembles, small and large. I very much prefer to compose music with the intention of it being performed by live musicians, rather than being produced by a computer.
How Do I Make A Composition Personal
I have a technique I've used for years when I want to compose a piece and make it especially personal: I write a word or a name into the music, using the letters of that word or name to create the pattern of notes that becomes the melody. This is a way to have the music be more than just "written for" someone, but to actually have their name or something meaningful written directly into the notes of the music.
Patrons of the Arts
One great non-musical benefit that Beethoven had, unlike many composers throughout history, was a group of patrons who provided him with the freedom to work on music without having to worry about his income. By pledging a monthly contribution to my creative work, you join a long, rich history of patrons supporting musical composition.
How Do You Become A Patron?
You can see a number of different patron levels here on this page. Whatever level you're comfortable at, your support truly helps and is very much appreciated!
What Will I Be Creating?
- Original instrumental compositions, mostly for piano, but also for just about any instrument or ensemble, right up to concert band and symphony orchestra.
- Original songs. Yes, I write music AND lyrics, and sometimes I put them both together!
- Live performances, primarily house concerts, but also performances at venues that welcome performance of original piano compositions!
"Per Ardua" - The 44th Air Defense Artillery March (reduced instrumentation), performed by the 77th Army Band, July 27, 2016.
Commissioned 2016 by Vincent J. Tedesco Jr, COL (ret.), USA
Honorary Colonel 44th Air Defense Artillery
"Remembering Zayne" - I composed this piece for Steven Shomler, in memory of his son Zayne Shomler.
"Reunion" - Produced for and presented at the PricewaterhouseCoopers 1999 Alumni Reunion in Los Angeles, CA.
"Leah - End Credits" - The final track I composed, produced, and recorded for the short film "Leah" by Neil H Weiss.
"I Love You" - Solo piano piece I composed in reaction to my first crush.