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Kelsey Z.

Magnetic Skies

December 17, 2007 at 6:12 PM

Only one more exam to go and then I'm on break! If you can call it that. I have to be practicing like made for lessons in January and a couple of auditions I have to do the first week back at school but at least it's a break from the monotony of papers and having to analyze frameworks and learn about gregorian chant and some dude named Adam de la Halle. I've probably worn a hole in the floor from where I sit and study at the table by my locker almost everyday. I've been at school on weekends studying. Yesterday I even feel asleep at school while reading my history textbook only to be woken up when my mom called me. I think she was a little surprised and then even more surprised when she asked me if my sister was still home and I said I was actually at school. *parent moment* Kids, don't sleep in strange places by yourself. You never know what could happen! *end of parent moment*

I'm really excited about seeing snow in just a few days when I go back to spend the holidays with my parents and to eat food that I haven't had to prepare for myself! Oh yes, and course to see my family!!! Wouldn't want to forget them. ;) But mainly it's the food....

I had all these brilliant ideas about what I would write a few days ago and somehow when I sit down with some time to actually write I draw a blank.

Well one thing that I think is super exciting is somehow in all this craziness of school I've managed to sit down and compose. And compose something fairly substancial! has a festival called Sonic Boom which just had their score submission date pass. I heard about it way back at the beginning of September but hadn't really thought seriously about it and put it outside of my mind because I was too busy to seriously think about writing something. Typically it takes me a lot longer to write a piece of any length than a month. Anyways... so a couple days before the deadline for submission I was talking to a friend of mine who's a composer and he told me I should write something... I have no idea why I said I'd try, but I said I'd try. Somehow I was allowed to submit the work a few days after the deadline but I completed a work for solo piano! Or a mvt anyways.... I'm working on a 2nd and 3rd mvt now. The grand total length so far is around 7.5 minutes and the mvt I submitted is about 4.5 minutes!! So I'm excited about that! It's been so much fun to get back into composing and to push myself to complete something on such short notice. I've learned a lot in the process about how to score things properly and what has to be included when submitting a work for consideration. There is also a string quartet component that has a submission date later in the new year where your piece gets work-shopped instead of performed. Maybe I'll get inspired over Christmas and start a quartet!

Ok.....I have to go back to school and study like crazy for music history! One more exam tomorrow and then I'm FREE!

From Pauline Lerner
Posted on December 17, 2007 at 6:16 PM
Yay! I'm glad you're composing again. Good luck on your last final, and soon you can enjoy food cooked by someone else.
From Pauline Lerner
Posted on December 17, 2007 at 6:18 PM
P.S. I don't understand the title of your blog, "Magnetic Skies."
From Tom Holzman
Posted on December 17, 2007 at 8:10 PM
Good luck with your last final and enjoy your holidays and freedom. You've clearly earned them.
From Kelsey Z.
Posted on December 18, 2007 at 6:23 AM
Magnetic Skies is the name of the piano piece I am writing and submitted for Sonic Boom. :)
From Albert Justice
Posted on December 18, 2007 at 9:32 PM
By now you've finished your finals! Breath--relax--Happy Holidays.

And by now, you know what intensive scheduling is about as well? Congratulations on making it.

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