Compositions

A Day in the Life of a TV film Composer? (Bear McCreary)

Bear McCreary – Hurdy Gurdy & Black Sails Music

Blues for D.D. by Jeffrey Agrell – Oboe & Piano (with Diana Doherty!)

Blues for D.D. for Solo Oboe by Jeffrey Agrell

Blues for D.D for solo oboe by Jeffrey Agrell, performed by D.D. (the incomparable Diana Doherty).

Incompetech!

Check out composer Kevin McLeod’s variegated site Incompetech.  He gives away a lot of his music (royalty free), but charges for custom projects. The site also offers (free) graph/grid papers, calendars, and more (including Really Bad Jokes).

Gospel Time by Jeffrey Agrell (video)

I like to think of the notated versions of my compositions as beginnings, not ends. I am always happy when performers inject their own visions and imaginations into my music. Composers don’t know everything. If we make performers partners, we will have a lot more varied and interesting performances. Why should a composition be frozen forever in one single version (recordings tend to make us think that there is only one valid version of a piece). The performance below of my Gospel Time for trombone quartet is good evidence of great imagination. There is no singing in my version – it was delightful to see that they dared to transform the first section into a sort of wordless sung hymn. There were more liberties in the middle – with a spontaneous oom pan section – what fun! They also had fun with the ending – more singing; plus a late coda encore. Good for them. I really enjoyed their performance, and clearly, so did the audience

David Newcomb’s Gems

vibDave Newcomb is a composer who writes for percussion (and performs a mean vibraphone) and electronic music. I really enjoy his YouTube Channel– the many examples of short compositions. Very inspiring! Thanks, Dave!