Guerrieri: On the Beltway (2019) (PDF, 170Kb)
One last rag for the year, a little evocation of the dance with death that is attempting to drive around the DC area.
Guerrieri: Tonic and Bitters (2019) (PDF, 109 Kb)
Guerrieri: Hopeful Monster Rag (2019) (PDF, 119 Kb)
Guerrieri: King Richard Stomp (1995) (PDF, 146 Kb)
The first two double bars to emerge from the newly-relocated Soho the Dog HQ find my compositional astrology once again ensconced in the house of ragtime, so I thought I would pull an older effort out of the files and dust it off for 21st-century consumption. Seeing all three rags lined up like this, I am realizing that the collected reference points—Richard III, somewhat obscure scientific controversy, and cocktails—epitomize a disconcertingly large portion of my personality.
Guerrieri: Mine Heart Is Ready (2019) (PDF, 176 Kb)
Guerrieri: O God, If Thou Art Love Indeed! (PENDLETON’S HILL 126.96.36.199.8.8) (2019) (PDF, 30 Kb)
I am getting near the end of my tenure as music director of the Presbyterian Church in Sudbury, but a couple of new pieces have snuck in under the deadline of my impending relocation. The first one is particularly noteworthy: an anthem marking the installation of the Rev. Desiree Lawson, our new pastor. After five long years, the flock has found a long-term shepherd! I am looking forward to watching jealously from a distance as great things transpire in Sudbury.
Also, another hymn. I may be starting to get the hang of these, after all these years—and just when I will no longer have a church choir and congregation on which to experiment. Time to brainstorm….
Guerrieri: Gracious Spirit, Love Divine (FAIR FIELD 188.8.131.52) (2019) (PDF, 110 Kb)
Guerrieri: New Every Morning (2019) (PDF, 175 Kb)
Guerrieri: Progress: Five Sandburg Songs (2006) (PDF, 823 Kb)
Some more composing, tossed into the ether. Church business first: a new hymn and a new introit, plugging gaps in this spring’s calendar. The song cycle is an old one that I managed to rescue from a forgotten hard drive. The style is interesting to me because it’s intricate in a way that I gave up not long after, but I played through it and I still kind of like it. (Now, if I could only find those choral folk song arrangements from the late 90s….)
Guerrieri: But all things that are reproved (2019) (PDF, 50kb)
A new (and, admittedly, late) choral introit for Lent, encrusting an intriguingly stilted translation from the Book of Common Prayer with a whirl of gapped registration, some two-manual-one-hand negotiations (or, alternately, an excuse to break out that stretch of an eleventh you’ve been hoarding), and a woozy approach to the swell box.
Guerrieri: Epitaph on My Days in Hospital (2018) (PDF, 46Kb)
The collected evidence of my compositional life has long been in a scattershot and often inaccessible state, owing to a) my persistence in hand-writing my scores well into the 21st century; b) my excessively casual habits of hard drive backup and maintenance; and c) my general indifference to self-promotion. Thanks to an uncharacteristic spasm of gainful behavior, however, you can now access many more of my scores than before by investigating the “Compositions” tab on that upper menu up there. There’s an intricately daffy bit of chamber-orchestra metaphysics, a string quartet engineered from leftover Beach Boys DNA, some pop-culture graffiti for solo flute, a flock of choral music, and more.
There’s a few more old pieces I’d like to engrave and upload, but I like how the list already reads like a coded autobiography: you can see when I was working hard to get traction as a composer, when I started my church job, when freelance work would go through a dry spell so I would compose out of boredom, when life took over, &c. Sounds make their own oddly-textured archives.
More fruits of my church-job labor, this one a hymn that we’re singing as an introit for a few weeks in order to soften up the congregation for it. Familiarity breeds… familiarity? That’s the hope.
“Morven” was the Ossianic name of the Princeton mansion that was home to Annis Boudinot Stockton (1736-1801), author of the text. Stockton was a member in good standing of the early American power elite, such as it was: her husband signed the Declaration of Independence, and she maintained a correspondence with George Washington.
Guerrieri: Christ for the World We Sing (COELSIGE 184.108.40.206.6.6.4) (PDF, 154 Kb)
A congregational hymn (with keyboard decoration, an SATB verse, and a descant) to add to this ongoing collection. We will miss your guidance, Kelsey Woodruff.
This space has been quiet for four months, but, for once, I have a decent excuse, as I have doing my utmost to take advantage of the flatteringly good fortune of a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. The full, worldwide panorama of post-World War II music requires diligent pursuit! Nevertheless, I am giving it a shot. If you’re in Cambridge, feel free to drop by.
Still, it’s a good time to catch up on collating some other work. I am very happy once again to be mingling with the fine souls at NewMusicBox, this time with some ruminations on music’s ability (or lack thereof) to connect:
- On Empathy
NewMusicBox, February 14, 2018.
Courtesy of the implacable nature of the church calendar, there’s also two more choral introits to add to the ever-expanding list:
- Guerrieri: Hark! a Gladsome Voice is Thrilling (2017) (PDF, 53 Kb)
- arr. Guerrieri: I Got a Home in That Rock (2018) (PDF, 57Kb)
And the Globe column has been scaled back to a monthly affair, but continues to lurk around the edges of the newspaper industry:
- Score: William Billings and Jeremiah Ingalls.
Boston Globe, October 27, 2017.
- Score: Ligeti’s oblique Bagatelles.
Boston Globe, November 1, 2017.
- Score: Handel’s Messiah and the American experiment.
Boston Globe, November 30, 2017.
- Score: Esquivel’s mid-century modernism.
Boston Globe, January 4, 2018.
- Score: Lachenmann’s dialectic, mimetic Kinderspiel.
Boston Globe, February 1, 2018.
Put it all in one place like that, and I seem really productive. Negligence has its advantages.