Over the course of the past year, I have undertaken a huge project. After completing the initial phase of my website, bandestration.com and the first volume of my comprehensive textbook on band orchestration, I set out to put theory to practice. As such, I am in the final stages of composing my massive second symphony “The Forest of Dreams.” In this piece, I put together every technique I’ve written about over the course of the past five years.
The genesis of this project was nearly 20 years ago. When I first knew I wanted to be a composer, my thoughts were immediately drawn to the form of the symphony. To me, the symphony is the pinnacle of serious music composition. As Mahler once said, “The symphony must be like the world. It must contain everything.” Continue reading “The Forest of Dreams – Part 1”