In the midst of moving so almost everything I own — except a handful of clothes, the coffee maker, and my laptop — is in boxes! I’m having insomnia so in the wee hours I’m returning to make videos of scores playing along with their tracks as a way to stay somewhat sane.
With the post, Working Musician During a Pandemic, I said that I would be posting tracks from my music director job as they occur (typically, that’s 3 a week) plus one a day on the other days until I’m caught up on all the things I’ve done or used for my job during the pandemic. I’m almost caught up! Once I’m caught up, I’ll only post the continuing ones (as I said above, typically 3 a week…Wednesday, Friday, Sunday).
On the music videos, I’ve been putting a title page and starting the music following it…in other words, the title page is silent. I’m only doing that because I don’t know how to superimpose the titles on a video itself. The problem with doing it this way is that if you want to listen to all the music videos (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUn2RmCFhW2vbOdz7n0Ez-FjHcbFoUMam), there’ll be a silence between every tune where the title page is. That may be a good thing, or it may be a bad thing.
If you’d like to hear all the stuff, just as music, with NO silences in between, then link to https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/music-at-lakewood. That’s not all my music, but it’s all the stuff I’ve used in my job since the pandemic began and my job became 100% cyber.
If you’re interested in more of my stuff, my SoundCloud site has almost all of it back to the stone age: https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones. That profile page spotlights a few pieces that I recommend for first time listeners. I’m listing those below plus a few others.
LYRIC RAGS — a sonata for violin and piano
Mov 1 – City Nights
Mov 2 – Silent Waltz
Mov 3 – Sky Highway
Composed in 1975, the 3rd movement is my favorite of the three, but I’m also fond of the 2nd movement. The first movement is a bit severe…more dissonant than I remember. The score is available at https://hiltonkeanjones.com/scores/Lyric_Rags.pdf.
This was composed in 1972. It has had several versions. This is the most recent. It is a series of variations (“strophes”) on an abstract Schenkerian melodic skeleton, embellished over the course of the variations as one might embellish a raga. Unlike a raga which is handed down by tradition, this underlying structure was composed by me. Two salient features that help the ear keep its place are the tonic cadences and the move from the raised 4th scale degree up to the 5th. The score is available at hiltonkeanjones.com/scores/A_More_P…gious_Tulip.pdf.
Here’s an old piece of mine: Festival Prelude for Piccolo Trumpet and Organ: https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/festival-prelude-for-piccolo-trumpet-organ. I don’t think I’m allowed to say who the trumpet player is because this wasn’t done for publication, just a demo. But, he’s the trumpet player for whom I wrote all my life. I love his concept of how the trumpet should sound, noble and strong. The not-so-good organist is me. The score is available at https://hiltonkeanjones.com/scores/Festival_Prelude_picc_trumpt_organ.pdf.