Diagram of a fugue exposition

I’ve been trying to learn how to write a fugue (I’m in the VERY early stages). I got confused about what went where in the exposition so I made a little diagram to help me. My teacher liked it so much he asked if could use it himself, so I thought maybe...
Setting the Cat Among the Pirates

Setting the Cat Among the Pirates

I always struggle to think of names for pieces that I write. This one was the result of desperate grappling: oboes and bassoons often put me in mind of pirate films and the slightly untethered nature of the piece put me in mind of cats, so I named it The Pirates Cat....
Wool-gathering by twilight

Wool-gathering by twilight

I sometimes record snippets of musical ideas, either played into my phone or notated on paper or in MuseScore. They usually stay there, but occasionally I dig them out and try to make something out of them. I did that a few weeks ago and settled on this snippet, which...
The Accidental Librarian

The Accidental Librarian

In the spirit of posting about things I started and didn’t finish, here’s a story I wrote a couple of years ago with the intention of writing more (that’s the bit that didn’t happen). I was quite pleased with this at the time. I hate it now....
Suite for five parts

Suite for five parts

Here are three things I wrote before I started exploring tonal harmony a bit more seriously. They’re numbered one to three because they do sort of tell a story, but it’s not one I’m going to put into words; suffice it to say it ends upbeat and...
Ooh Look – Squirrels!

Ooh Look – Squirrels!

It’s been a loooooong time since my last post. Since then, I’ve started learning the clarinet, acquired more technology that I don’t understand, and sharpened my composing talons a little (just a little). And it’s that which brings me here...
An unfinished cajon is just a useless box

An unfinished cajon is just a useless box

I’m finding it hard to start this because it means facing up to the fact that I got quite far on this project and then stopped when I hit a problem, because I was terrified of making it worse. That was a year ago. Maybe this will spur me into completing it – or...
Making Butterflies fly

Making Butterflies fly

Last week I wrote about how Logic Pro X helps me release ideas from my head in a way I couldn’t before and turn them into more-or-less fully-realised compositions. Butterflies is one of those, which I finally let fly in the wild on Soundcloud recently....