More on the first snippet from the new opera, The Boats. Overture. Fretless bass as passing fad. Bodhràn. Getting reacquainted with an instrument is not like riding a bicycle. Instruments as characters. Dog training. Ants. The Invisible Fence as compositional aid.
Roger CortonWe got comments that we never actually talked about the music last week.
JCHSo let’s do it. Again.
RCIs this the overall tone of the piece? It sounds very ‘pop’ to me. Not ‘operatic’.
JCHWell, it’s a whole separate talk about what is an ‘operatic’ sound these days. But as far as the tones? For The Boats I dusted off two instruments I haven’t touched in ages: the fretless bass and the bodhràn.
RCThe hand drum. Last heard from on Home.
JCHRight. It dawned on me last year that I haven’t really touched the fretless in […]