Trillium Ensemble at American University

Conversations w/ Ligeti & Heidegger & Mom in the Background will receive a repeat performance by Trillium Ensemble at American University on March 27, 2015. Trillium commissioned the piece and premiered it back in May of 2014 at the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music. A recording of the premiere can be heard on my soundcloud. … Continue reading

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Considering the Fourth, Considering Time

A friend of mine recently posed the question on Facebook, “WHY IS A FOURTH CONSIDERED DISSONANT IN TWO-VOICE COUNTERPOINT. THAT’S INSANE.” The answer depends on the time period and the 4th’s function. Medieval music uses fourths, fifths, and octaves in parallel motion. Stable fourths abound in the music of Thomas Adès. In species counterpoint à la Johann … Continue reading

Composer’s Circle

Composer’s Circle features one composer everyday. Today, I am the featured composer with my piece Conversations w/ Ligeti & Heidegger & (Mom in the Background) performed by Trillium Ensemble. I am grateful for the work of Eric Guinivan, the website’s curator, in his advocation for new music. Please support Eric’s work by subscribing to Composer’s Circle or liking … Continue reading

Back in May, I was honored to have two pieces premiered during the 2014 Pittsburgh Festival of New Music. Trillium Ensemble opened Saturday’s concert with Conversations w/ Ligeti & Heidegger & Mom in the Background.  Listen to their premiere performance here: https://soundcloud.com/scottsteele/conversations-w-ligeti-heidegger-mom-in-the-background-1 Trillium has also performed and recorded Silent Spring by Mark Fromm. Also on the … Continue reading