Credentials and Education

B.M.ed.

       

The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University

Trumpet Student in the studio of Donald R. Tison, Principal Emeritus, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

 

M.A. Musicology: Music Theory 

       

The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music,

The Catholic University of America

 

Thesis: The Aesthetic Research Ensemble: An Analysis of Auto-Acoustic Works by Composers Alec Bernstein and Daniel Carney

 

Composers /Inventors Alec Bernstein and Daniel Carney constructed extraordinary computer- driven acoustic instruments.  Having created an operating language using standard keyboard-assigned commands and early versions of programming language, they composed semi-automated music of an incredible nature. Alec Bernstein also trained as an artist and is an AI research designer. Daniel Carney is an active composer with an impressive oeuvre and new music presenter in Baltimore.  His concert space is The Carriage House in Homewood near Johns Hopkins University.  Still an inventor, he handcrafts specially tuned log drums and mallet percussion made of hand-tuned alarm bells.

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Ph.D.  Music Theory

The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music,

The Catholic University of America

Dissertation: An Analytical Study of Paul Hindemith’s Symphony, Die Harmonie der Welt.

This dissertation employed post-tonal analytical techniques to examine pitch-class content, reductive schematics (graphs) to show voice leading processes and generalized, broad harmonic goals, and GS (Golden Section) proportional analysis to display formal constructivist attributes.

 

For me, the focus of the investigation rests upon Hindemith’s intricate and complex use use of GS proportional design throughout the symphony, employing Fibonacci and Lucas summation series (and possibly derived values therefrom).  This formal organizational tactic permeates the entire work, ranging from spans that (a) control large scale structural divisions, to (b) the formal ordering of localized segments, even to (in many cases) (c) the organization of phrase construction.  Within large segments of the movements, as well as proportionally smaller spans (or sections) within segments, series values are nested within one another, forming discrete proportionally coherent formal constructs.  Hindemith also seems to employ “proportional modulation,” a process by which the referential durational value is altered, changing how a given proportional span is measured and rectified in terms of GS spans.

 

Die Harmonie der Welt, Hindemith’s last major opera (an expansion of the eponymously titled predicate symphony), is an allegorical treatment of the life and political/religious backdrop of Johannes Kepler.  The creation of the work spanned thirty years, from its early initial conception, scenarii, and libretto drafts, to its execution. It stands beside The Craft of Musical Composition as his artistic and aesthetic testament.  The Opera represents his compositional and artistic apotheosis.

 

The Symphony was completed as a commission in 1953, the Opera staged in 1957.  By this time, Hindemith’s music had somewhat fallen out of vogue, replaced by the post-war avant-garde and post-Webern Serialists.  This in no way should be construed as lessening the work's inherent power or aesthetic value.

 

 

Private Jazz studies with Bill Potts. And I stole anything I could from the mind of James Vincent Badolato.

 

Recording Engineering and Electronics classes, Wor-Wic Technical and Community College.