The House of Price (2014 revision)

Posted: February 22, 2014 in Composing Insights

Over the past few months I’ve revised several orchestral works. After re-working Symphony No. I (Empire of Kasuf) for about the 40th time, I’ve got my chops down!! I went on and tackled several works that suffered from weaknesses only I could treat. It would be a blessing for any composer to have a comrade who is willing to get into his or her music, pick it apart, criticize it, and make constructive criticisms……..after realizing one’s musical aesthetic/vocabulary. While this is one of the ultimate dreams, the reality is a composer must dissect their own music and bring out the best in it.

After much deliberation with each work, I was able to get at the core of the work, and make the necessary adjustments.  This all leads to The House of Price, which was written for string orchestra, and inspired by various Vincent Price films. The work utilizes Messiaen’s third Mode Of Limited Transposition to express its horrific/dramatic hue.

There were several notation errors within the work that either went unnoticed, or simply no one cared enough to point any of them out to me.  in any event, I’ve uncovered them.  And, in the words of Bruce Lee, I’ve found the source of my own ignorance. With that being said, The House of Price is an exceptional work; a musical thriller! It’s the underscore to the Vincent Price film that never was. Perhaps it will end up in a major motion picture?


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