New Album Coming June 14!

As if I didn’t just release an album back in May, now there’s another one. This time it’s a collection of works for Piano. The album will go live on Spotify at midnight June 14th, and the album will be available for free download around the same time on my web site! The big difference is, if you download the album off my web site, you get a bonus track, a digital booklet and the album artwork. So mark your calendars for the new album: Works for Piano – June 14th!

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NEW WORK! Impromptu in F minor

Just when I thought I might take a little break after the blood, sweat and tears that came from working on my Violin Sonata from January to April, a new piece came to me one afternoon and it was almost completely finished in my head. So I began working on it and finished it today. I am proud to present my new composition: Impromptu in F minor, Op. 49 – this one is called “Dark” or in the German “Finster”. Enjoy! This one is on YouTube and on SoundCloud.

The Countdown has Begun!

The countdown has begun for the debut of my Violin Sonata No. 2 in C Major. On Tuesday, May 16th at midnight – the sonata will go live on YouTube, Spotify and my web site. If you download the album from my web site you get a bonus track, digital booklet and album artwork.

Head over to opus.pixelworxfactory.com on May 16th and I hope you enjoy the new composition!

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Violin Sonata No. 2 has been finished!

I am pleased to report that work on my second violin sonata has been completed! Save the date…MAY 16th, the day it will debut online. Right now I am going through and making tweaks to the notation as well as cleaning up the score. The final recordings of the sonata have also been completed, mixed and are ready to roll on May 16.

In the meantime the cover and the CD cover have been revealed. Stay tuned and mark your calendars – May 16, 2017

New Stuff in the works

Well, God willing, I should have some new compositions this year. I am presently working on a Violin Sonata, which I hope to have finished by the end of April, or early May at the latest. After that I have several other things I want to write. Hopefully this year will be a little more prolific than last year.

NEW WORK: The almost deleted Gloria

In 2011, a year following the death of my father, I began working on a Mass. For those who don’t know what a Mass is, it’s the order of the Catholic Mass set to music (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, etc). This was a daunting task and in 2012 I decided to release the finished first part, the Kyrie as my opus 41. Well I was going through my music folder and cleaning out old, unfinished, compositions I have no intention of finishing and came across this piece from that mass. It was 90% finished so I decided why not wrap it up and get it out of the “To be Deleted” folder and into the “Finished Works” folder. So I am proud to bring you my Gloria, numbered as Op. 41a for Chorus, Organ and String Orchestra in G Major.

LYRICS:

Gloria!
Gloria!
in Excelsis Deo!

Et in terra pax,
hominibus bonae,
bonae voluntatis, voluntatis.

Laudimus te,
Benedicimus te,
Adoramus te,
Glorificamus te.

 

2016 marks 40th anniversary of first composition

In 1976, when I was eleven years old, I expressed interest in composition to my piano teacher. But she wasn’t interested in nurturing that interest. Regardless, I had been taking piano lessons for four years and I felt I could use the skills I had to construct a piece of music. I did this and my piano teacher was impressed, yet still refused to teach me composition. I quit taking piano lessons and stopped playing. I would resume when I was 27 when I began learning composition from a friend. The rest is history.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this simple piece of music written by eleven year old me, I have exported the piece using Garritan Personal Orchestra’s Steinway Grand Piano digital sample. You can hear it in the video below, along with some nostalgic photos of me from around the time when this work was composed.

Enjoy!