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The Rending of the Heart: Schoenberg's String Trio [PART I]

31 Oct 2020 4 minute read 0 comments PhilipDaniel

Although Arnold Schoenberg initiated the composition of his String Trio, Opus 45, as early as June 1946, unforeseen catastrophic circumstances would delay his progress and, ultimately, decisively influence the Trio's formal and expressive qualities....

Fughetta for Violin, Viola, Violoncello, and Bass Guitar in F♯ Ionian [Philip Daniel; 2017]

30 Oct 2020 1 minute read 0 comments PhilipDaniel

    A four-voice fughetta in the F♯ Ionian Augmented ♯2 mode for an atypical chamber ensemble (string trio [violin, viola, violoncello] plus bass guitar). This mode, the sixth mode of the Double Harmonic Major scale, consists of the following interv...

Chorale Harmonization on "Es glänzet der Christen inwendiges Leben" [Philip Daniel; 2019]

30 Oct 2020 1 minute read 0 comments PhilipDaniel

    A setting of the sacred song "Es glänzet der Christen inwendiges Leben" from "Schemelli's Gesang-Buch", for SATB choir with clarinet and pipe organ instrumenti obbligati.     You may find the original hymn melody used in my own setting within th...

"Das melodische Rezitativ" (Intro Music for #JustinMurphy's podcast #TheOtherLife) [Philip Daniel; 2020]

29 Oct 2020 1 minute read 0 comments PhilipDaniel

      The philosopher/political scientist/author/blogger/podcaster Justin Murphy commissioned me to compose intro music for his podcast "The Other Life". Within a short period, I composed a sweet tune that nonetheless possesses a certain roiling chr...

"Fuga in Consequenza" for Pipe Organ [Philip Daniel; 2015]

29 Oct 2020 1 minute read 0 comments PhilipDaniel

    A fugue composed right at the onset of (or perhaps just prior to) my compositional maturity, in October 2015, containing within it the seeds of my later style as it proceeded to develop over the ensuing years. (Though the term "fuga in consequen...

Harmonic Timbres, Timbral Harmonies in Anton von Webern's (1883–1945) "Five Pieces" (1909), Opus 5, #4 [PART I]

28 Oct 2020 7 minute read 0 comments PhilipDaniel

In the first measure of this early Webern masterwork, the first and second violin enter on the second ♩ (quarter-note, or crotchet) beat. Both violinists bow near the bridge of the instrument (what the Germans call am Steg, what the Italians call su...

"Herbstluft" (Album Leaf) [Philip Daniel; 2019]

28 Oct 2020 1 minute read 0 comments PhilipDaniel

    An album leaf for clavier (i.e., keyboard), perhaps even constituting a Tondichtung (tone poem) in miniature, written as a gift for a friend, in an idiom of heightened chromaticism and hemitonic voice-leading moderated by relaxed tempo and dynam...

Kirchenmusik im melopoetischen Stil: II. "Es wird das Scepter von Juda" [Philip Daniel; 2016, revised 2020]

27 Oct 2020 1 minute read 0 comments PhilipDaniel

    I. "Es wird das Scepter von Juda ..." 0:00 II. "Er wird sein Füllen ..." 2:37     Second of a pair of sacred vocal works, originally composed in 2016 and revised in 2020. A motet for SATB a capella choir, setting in German the text of Genesis 49...

Kirchenmusik im melopoetischen Stil: I. Jesu, dulcis memoria [Philip Daniel; 2016, revised 2020]

27 Oct 2020 1 minute read 0 comments PhilipDaniel

    I. "Jesu dulcis memoria ..." 0:00 II. "Jesu, spes paenitentibus ..." 2:51 III. "Sis, Jesu, nostrum gaudium ..." 5:12     First of a pair of sacred vocal works, originally composed in 2016 and revised in 2020. A setting of verses 1, 3, and 5 of t...

Interlude "Omnias Vanitas" [Philip Daniel; 2015]

25 Oct 2020 1 minute read 0 comments PhilipDaniel

    A pensive miniature, for pipe organ, from the "back catalog" of my oeuvre, portending my development as a composer in subsequent years.     The full engraved score of this album leaf amounts to a single page, albeit one of considerable complexit...