So far, I’m having a relaxing but amazing birthday today; cruising on my new Macbook Pro that I got 2 days ago. (side note: I just want to say that Macs are THE computer to go to…especially if you are looking into a career that involves media!)

2011 was a very interesting year for me. To keep this part of the post concise, I will only point out a few moments that happened to me this year.

  • Accepted to Michigan State and Ohio State for masters in music comp.; enrolled at MSU.
  • Runner-up in the MSU Composition Honors Competition.
  • The première of the Saxophone Concerto which people/critics show that the Concerto is “the best piece written since Fantonium (2009)” and “the piece that raised the bar in the MSU comp. studio throughout” (quotation references are not mentioned from me unless you ask).
  • First performance of a transcription performed by the Jackson Symphony Orchestra (Jackson, MI).
  • Premiere of Concert Etudes I 11/1/2011
  • Premiere of Four Days: I. Andante for tuba/euph trio arrangement. 11/16/2011
  • Test Drive was born.
  • Currently managing my tuba/euph studio.

…maybe that was more than a few moments, but as you can see, this was a great year for me. For 2012, I will push myself like I never have before and will attempt to meet high goals. My composition goals for 2012 are as follows:

  • Win the MSU Honors Composition Competition (chamber ensemble).
  • Get accepted into the Nebraska Institute of Music for this summer.
  • Perform “The Two Siblings”, “Test Drive”, and others TBA.
  • Compose for voice.
  • Have a few pieces performed out-of-state.
  • Have many of my pieces re-recorded for doctoral programs.
  • Begin my thesis which is now TBA.
  • Have a composition student.

Although many of these goals are not easy, I am more than willing to strive for perfection and reach these goals with no fear. I’m ready, 2012. Are you?

 

Two days ago was a huge milestone that I walked over; I graduated from Michigan State University! I am now an MSU Alumnus, though I will return to MSU for studying Masters of Music Composition under Dr. Ricardo Lorenz. I am looking forward to the new chapter that awaits me at the end of August!

Now, Compositions!

I am very close to finishing Concert Etudes #1 for solo piano, which  is a set of six etudes that represents a certain motive. Each etude plays with a motivic idea and tries to expand it based on the properties represented by ONLY the initial motive.

For instance: Etude I. involves two pitches: G# and A; an interval of a minor 2nd. Etude II. focuses on the E Major/Dominant 7th chord. Etude III. is a battle between Bb Major and Bb minor. Etude IV. is based on three pitches: E,F,G. Etude V. is based on five pitches and the dotted eighth sixteenth rhythm, and finally Etude VI. focuses on the control of the pedal. In addition, I was inspired by John Corigliano’s Etude Fantasy when writing Etude VI.

The second piece I’ve been working on during the semester is a trio for flute (doubles on piccolo), clarinet (doubles on bass clarinet), and cello. I’m currently working on the 2nd movement of this piece. The first movement focuses within the treble clef range where all three instruments can feature different timbres while phasing out from one another.

Shortly after a successful performance of the Concerto for Saxophone, I’ve began the process of orchestrating the piano accompaniment for wind ensemble (2,2,Eb,3,Bass, no saxophones, 2,4,3,1,1, double bass, percussion (the instrumentation is not official at this time)). I will let you know later how this project is going.

My goal for this summer is to write a piece for voice and piano. All I have written so far were works for instrumental music and to begin writing a piece for voice is quite scary. Despite this project sounding a bit difficult, I am looking forward to the challenge and I will let you know how this project is going.
Have a great summer! (if not, have a great week!)

As some of you may have known, I had a recital on Friday night and I must say, I was very satisfied with the performances that were presented; especially the Concerto for Saxophone!

Unfortunately, I was not able to setup the webcam properly, because the laptop I used was not properly registered to MSU’s network. So what I was able to do was to have the second half of my recital video recorded. Don’t worry. I have the whole recital recorded, but I don’t have the CD with me at the moment.

So for now, check out the Concerto for Saxophone (all three movements), and Fantonium on youtube

Enjoy!

Concerto for Saxophone: Trial and Error

Concerto for Saxophone: Research; Realization

Fantonium

Hello everyone.

In four days, (haha, the title of my composition for string quartet) I will have my senior capstone composition recital on April 15th, 8:00pm at the MSU Hart Recital Hall in the Music Building. This recital will feature a world premiere of the Concerto for Saxophone performed by my older brother Eddie Goodman and by pianist Sangmi Lim. The recital will also feature In the Forest (for woodwind quintet), The Sacred Way (for brass quintet), Four Days (for string quartet), and Fantonium (for euphonium and piano).

The title of this post is not a joke! I have decided to make a live webcast of the recital! This is great for those who will not be able to attend the recital but would love to check it out. The webcast will be on this link:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/michael-goodman-s-senior-composition-recital

Please go to this link on Friday, April 15th at 8:00pm.

I will remind you again sometime soon. With that, have a great day!