Guest Composer of the Month

February 2020

This month’s Guest Composer is Mitch Boucher, a fellow exponent of “New Baroque” music.

Mitch writes in the Baroque style because, as he puts it:

“I find it to be expressive, and I think it is the perfect conduit for the human condition. Music should not only be something that challenges the performer, but it should be something that the listener might relate to. Through its many constraints of form (like a canon, fugue, or a gigue) one can still find room to tell a story. Given that one of the ideals behind the Baroque era was emotional expression, I believe that the music can still be relevant and able to be appreciated by audiences today.” 

Boucher takes an updated view of harmonic and contrapuntal principles, allowing some sonorities outlawed in Bach’s time, but accepted in later styles, which along with some free and exciting turns, give his music a truly ‘New Baroque’ sensibility”.

Here are some examples of his work:

Duet for Two Saxophones – A charming duo, with elegant interplay between the players, which takes advantage of the saxophone’s ability to articulate lines cleanly, while bringing a more contemporary tone-colour to the style.

I am excited by the promise Mitch’s music displays and look forward to hearing how it evolves in the future.

Previous Guest Composers of the Month

January 2020

GCM for January was Tim Knight, a Classic FM nominee and internationally acclaimed composer whose music encompasses everything from chamber music to large-scale orchestral works, but who is perhaps best known for his accessible and attractive church music.

Tim’s music is evocative and emotionally direct (perhaps that’s because he’s a Yorkshireman!), and says much with great economy of means. One of Tim’s most attractive strengths is his ability to create a memorable tune, and his anthem I will lift up mine eyes to the hills is a great example of that:

Another example is The Lord bless you and keep you for 2 soprano parts and piano, which radiates tranquility and contains some sparingly used, but well judged, flashes of colourful harmony. As it shows, less is often more:

December 2019

Felicity Mazur-Park kindly agreed to be the inaugural guest composer on my website.

Felicity is a composer, organist, and pianist with British and Latvian heritage who is currently based in Dallas, Texas. Here is a wonderful example of her work, the terrific One Language is Never Enough, which seamlessly takes the listener on an exciting international adventure, taking in sounds from Africa, Asia, Central America and North America: