Mat Campbell Music

Composer. Arranger. Conductor. Percussionist.

Monday (Week Six)

I have been extremely busy with classes, composing, and trying to stay afloat. 

Classes are going just fine, and I think that I'll be fine this semester. It's a pretty crazy schedule, and I've picked up things that I didn't expect to take on this semester. That's not necessarily a bad thing. However, I am sure that if I didn't take on these things, I would be slightly more sane. Nevertheless, I'm somewhat stuck with these responsibilities. And there's nothing wrong with that. 

Composing has been so crazy lately. I am currently working on two pieces: one for solo bassoon, and one for solo snare drum. I'm pretty sure the bassoon one will be full of angst - I tend to write how I feel at the time. I'm sure the snare drum one will be more rudimental and full of polyrhythms. As for other events, the Rio Bravo Percussion Ensemble is rehearsing my A Brief History of Time and the UTRGV-Brownsville Clarinet Choir is rehearsing my new(er) counterpoint. I have rehearsed with both ensembles, and I am more than pleased with the products so far. (Thank you, by the way!) Also, I am currently planning a Composition Recital for the spring semester. I am planning on having the following (existing) pieces performed:

  • Wind Chimes After a Spring Rain - vibraphone and piano duet
  • Impromptu - marimba solo
  • new(er) counterpoint - solo alto sax with pre-recorded accompaniment
  • Three Movements for Four Parts - clarinet quartet
  • String Quartet - for string quartet
  • Retrouvailles - for 2 pianos (or synthesizers), bass guitar, and drum-set

    I plan on composing the following pieces within the next month or two: 
  • Zenith - multiple percussion duet
  • Perigee-Syzygy - percussion quartet
  • Paean - antiphonal brass quintet

    I am so excited for this program, but I hope that this can really take place. I am working very closely with my friends and colleagues to make this happen. The program might change (to include more solos), but what is above is probably what will be on the final program.  (I'm so excited as I write this!) Rehearsals should start this November, and we'll hope to put a great show on in May (hopefully)!

Floating has been interesting for the last few weeks. Luckily, this weekend felt like a small vacation. I don't know why, for the usual ritual of cleaning and washing was what happened. Of course, I am reluctant to have missed my composition applied this morning - thank you mulligan...
(Reasons why I'm making myself write two solos instead of the usual one per applied.) Also, I am making sure that I do well in Jazz Band (I'm playing drum-set.) and the a cappella group (I'm the arranger.) The constant annoyance of waiting for a call for a job is extremely, uh, annoying. Need less to say, I am waiting for a job offering in retail that would really help with money. (Of course, all of us could use help with money.) Let's see if we get that call... 

Here's to finishing the week strong and not feeling like a zombie by Friday morning. Coffee, I will need you this week. Finally, thanks to Justin for being a really good friend.