A B O U T T H I S S I T E
It is the best of all trades to make songs, and the second best to sing them. Hilaire Belloc
Some texts by great poets and authors contain words which are coarse, offensive, vulgar or profane, such as one reads sometimes in the short epigrams of Johann Wolfgang Goethe or as one finds in some fine work of E. E. Cummings, Ezra Pound and James Edwin Campbell. Those who wish not to read such texts should avoid them; each of these is clearly marked with the sign -- .
For many years now, I have composed as a sidelight to the other paths down which my life has led me. In my studies, many composers, living and dead alike, have offered lessons which I take most earnestly to heart. Among them, the admirable American, Charles Ives, had worked in business and published his own songs as well as helped promote the works of others, because his life work afforded him the comforts such that composition need not have been for him a "living wage."
Additionally, many authors, living and dead, have offered lessons worth more than I could repay. E. E. Cummings' example of pursuing his art in spite of what others, to include rather foolish publishers who rejected his works over years, might have thought and said to him, is a worthy lesson. Art is not about success; art is about documenting one's efforts in some form, music being as elusive a form as any art, for it exists when scores are turned into the ephemeral moments of a performance and then evaporate again into simple potentialities. For that, composers are beholden to performers for a portion of their art, and it is to performers and for performers that I have chosen to pursue my own artistic aims.
Therefore, over time and as additional works, old an new, are engraved, some will be made available for free, while others will be assigned to a publisher, but all will be documented over time as best I am able to do, with sincere thanks to all who might have some interest in what I herein do and have done before.
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The site is essentially in black and white, without the graphic sophistication of so many web sites. It is meant to convey deep and broad content, and the choice of "grayscale" graphics is meant to highlight the musical materials and the information which supports that music. While there are pictures of individuals, the authors and performers whom I reference, the site is not meant to be sophisticated in terms of graphics and design. It is about content, not style. and especially about work-in-progress.
Some scores are available as free PDF downloads, though of course copyright rights for paid performances and recordings are reserved; web pages and links to such scores are marked with a green "dot" graphic -- . There are both the free version of the Adobe Acrobat reader and other such PDF readers available to read and print these scores.
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