2017 Musical Reflection

December 31, 2017, 10:42 AM · As I like to do every New Years Eve, I thought I'd go ahead and write up my musical reflections of this year.

For me, the summer going to Paris was the highlight of my year. Not only did I get to experience one of the greatest cities in the world in terms of art and culture, seeing the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, as well as Picasso and Satie museums and the Louvre, I was also very inspired to compose. I thought I would have been, but all the music I sketched in Paris I continued to extend when I got home, filling my summer full of writing. The actual trip as well was incredible; check out my July entry for details. This will be a trip I won't forget because of how connected with my musical life it truly was.

Keeping with the French theme, I got to play Ravel on both violin and piano this year, which will continue into next year- Ravel is my favorite composer, and it means so much to me to be able to dive into playing his music. In orchestra, Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet" in the spring and Ravel's "Introduction et Allegro", to be performed in February 2018, were two very special pieces to be a part of the first violin section in terms of how much I had listened to them both in the past. So in terms of repertoire, it has been a wonderful year, and I can't wait for more English music next spring!

There were plenty of great academic projects throughout this year as well - of course, my 2016 saxophone sonata being performed introduced me to a whole world of saxophone music that I really enjoyed discovering, and I had plenty of smaller pieces that I wrote as well. My big research paper on the score to the newest Zelda game was a great highlight for me as well. That paper as well as recently seeing the new Star Wars (episode VIII) have all helped guide me towards my desire to keep writing fun media music. I hope to start off strong by continuing to write my big Henry V tone-poem, and hopefully having a performance of that, which will be one of my longest cinematic works to date. Ultimately, this year has seemed to start to transition me into the world of media music, and I can't wait to continue the start of that journey.

2017 was a very interesting year, full of many musical surprises. I think I wrote much more music this year than last, yet I was also more distant from music in a way as well. There were other things in my life this year that seemed at the time more exciting than practicing or composing. But even through those moments, I would always bounce back and furiously write so much music, and just start obsessing over my instruments. So yeah - sorry for a somewhat disorganized entry, but I just thought I'd take some time to reflect. This certainly wasn't a terribly exciting year musically for me, but especially with Henry V, I feel 2018 will be a strong year for that one piece of music and it will help guide me into what could end up being my career.

Have a Happy New Year! Enjoy the last few hours of 2017 while they last.

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