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Lucy McPhee
Mar 15, 2019
In BLOGS
I've just submitted my final score and parts! The last workshop went really well - it was so interesting to see and hear how everyones works are coming along and to hear the latest version of my piece. I was over the moon with how my piece was sounding, I have made a few changes to my score and can't wait to hear the final product on April 10th!
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Lucy McPhee
Nov 14, 2018
In BLOGS
Moving on from the first session I knew I wanted to try something new, and felt comfortable doing this in the safe experimental environment of these workshops. However, this time it didn’t quite work. I tried working on a time - space notation score, something I’ve never tried before. I was excited by the concept of trying this, however it was an uphill battle. The was I had written my score and parts wasn’t as clear as they should have been. Since the workshop, I have tried to make the material work in a different way, using more traditional notation… to realise it still wasn’t giving me the effect I wanted. Also the strong realisation that I compose better being in complete control of my material. So I brought back the material from the first session and my original materials and effectively started again. Time space notation hasn’t defeated me, but I’m already 100% happier with this new draft!
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Lucy McPhee
Oct 09, 2018
In BLOGS
A few weeks on from the first CoDi CHAMBER session, it’s great to see my ideas and piece progressing. The first session saw us getting to know each other’s inspirations and style of writing, bringing an item with us that we think inspires us and our musical voice. Meeting the performers was great, having a intimate mini concert to introduce us to their repertoire was incredibly helpful. This gave me an idea as to what the Berkeley Ensemble enjoy playing and what sounds good in their ensemble. It is so interesting that an ensemble of their size perform without a conductor, it is fascinating to watch them work as one body. The first run through of my sketches was invaluable and filled me with inspiration for the next session. It was helpful to hear the different voicing, and to try adding different voices to different sketches. This, along with the realisation that a few of my sketches worked together more than others meant that I now know which direction I want to take this piece. Lynne was incredibly helpful, picking up on details I hadn’t yet considered and making suggestions on the ideas that didn’t work as well. Before we finished the session, I had an amazing conversation with the Berkeley ensemble’s French Horn player. Being a saxophonist and a violist, brass instruments are something of an enigma so I struggle a little more to write for them. So to be able to have a lengthy discussion with him regarding what the French Horn can and can’t do, and tips to help him as a performer, has been the highlight of this session. Looking forward to updating you on my progress after the next session! Lucy
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