About the music samples
Veranderung – part 1
Julian Thompson: cello
This recording of Part 1 of Veranderüng is a solo cello cadenza-like section, which outlines most of the compositional material which is used in the ensemble section that follows it (not heard here). This particular performance was recorded at the Australian National University School of Music, in Canberra, Australia.
Download the score of Veranderüng, Part 1 here
ChIMPS No. 1
Hugh Livingston - cello
ChIMPS No. 1 was composed whilst I was working with Professor George Lewis in San Diego, California. The objective of this composition was to construct a musical language that gave improvisers trajectories upon which to construct a performance. The performer determines the 'significance' of an action or consequence in the moment, and is guided by a series of 'codes' and directives concerning pitch, dynamics, register and intervals as they perform the piece. The title of the work, ChIMPS, is derived from C(h)ello IMProvisation Study. This recording is of the premiere performance by Hugh Livingston at the University Of California, San Diego Music Department.
Piano Fantasia No. 1
This piece was written in 1997, and subsequently revised in 2005. It is dedicated to the late jazz pianist and composer Andrew Hill, who is my favourite jazz musician. The first and third movements are fully notated, whilst the second movement requires the performer to improvise within a series of compositional structures.
Download the score of Piano Fantasia, Movement 1 here (pdf)