Juilliard Composition

Fall 2016 Semester

20160923 - Channel Surfing

The goal of this assignment was to come up with 5 very different set of fragments, then run them through a blender to create the final product. This was also composed backwards, starting with third movement, then second, then first, in the hopes that the class would be forced to rework various parts to create a cohesive whole in the end. 

This is the original set of 5 fragments, built with the idea of channel surfing in front of a TV.

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20160923 Channel Surfing


20160923 - Channel Surfing

This is the completed remix of the third movement.

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20161010 Channel Surfing

 


Lullaby of the Doomed

This is the slower second movement.

"Sweet dreams, little ones" she crooned, as nuclear winter blanketed the Earth.

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20161030 Lullaby of the Doomed

 


The Fawn and the Alligator

This was a study in contrasts using a more declarative style. One important lesson learned from this assignment is that short, choppy phrases do not play to the strengths of stringed instruments. Replacing the short and choppy string parts for the fawn with a flute might help.

This video uses VSL (Vienna Symphonic Library). While this sounds truer to real life stringed instruments, the considerable amount of time and effort needed to learn VSL to get the best playback isn't possible given other priorities.

This is one of the dilemmas with writing for an ensemble and using only Sibelius initially. No computer-generated playback can ever reflect the full richness and challenges of what human players produce.

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20161120 The Fawn and the Alligator

 

 


Spring 2017 Semester

Augur

This assignment focused on learning to compose for voice and correctly notate lyrics. This was performed in the first ever Juilliard Evening Division Composition Showcase.

The video below is the Sibelius playback with Sauer's voice added. The Showcase Performance link is from the Juilliard showcase.

Showcase Performance (FB live feed)

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Augur

Redemption

This is the first time composing for a wind instrument: clarinet. In this assignment, each instrument had to have a melody, do staccato, or do something wavy and had to switch midway.

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Redemption


The Awakening

This was the first time the composition class paired with the conducting class. The assignment was to create a conductor-challenging work - with accelerandos, ritardandos, GPs, fermatas, dynamic changes - the works. This is a fantastic opportunity for composers to learn to notate properly not only for performers, but conductors as well. The difference between a student conductor versus the instructor can be quite stunning.

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The Awakening


Carillon Fantasies

This was a study in doing variations.

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Carillon Fantasies