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by wilbeau
on April 10, 2017

Editing creates more and more sense out of a work or text. Everything in a piece is there for more than one reason; a chord might support the melody and develop a counter melody. An inner voice might give breathing room to the main tune but add a small, unexpected surprise to the texture.

I have just re-imagined a set of songs originally written over 20 years ago and observe that the harmonies were chosen often to clash with the vocal line. They were chords and clusters selected with joy, I was happy just to play them so long ago, but now I work to meld them into a cohesive shape.

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by wilbeau
on January 17, 2017

The next set of blog posts will reflect a recent work I have composed. Each song from the project will be presented in turn. Because singing sends thoughts into the soul of another person, the choice of text is vital. I look for texts that reflect my notion of the sacred: the wonder of life, love of children, and our need for community. It is a privilege to take such notions into meaningful lyric expressions.

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by wilbeau
on January 12, 2016

My most profound musical memories are of playing in large ensembles and I was lucky to have been able to sing Vivaldi’s Gloria in high school. Privileged to have played through a Beethoven’s third Symphony later that same year. Reflecting upon this, the fact that all of my previous recording projects have included various musical groupings is not surprising. They might be seen as attempts to recreate those profound musical experiences that happen in an ensemble setting.