Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

Survived

For those who care or find it amusing, my cello survived the month long cross country journey without an incident. It is only slightly out of tune and very dusty. … Continue reading

April 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Seeking an American Premiere of a String Quartet

I recently sent the score to “Glossolalia”, my string quartet, to Canada. I am happy that this piece is enjoying international travels. It has been previously performed at music festivals … Continue reading

December 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Impression for Piano Solo

Look at what I have unearthed for you! I composed “Impression” in 2007 when I was studying composition at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. At that time I was … Continue reading

December 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Glossolalia Premieres in China

NeoQuartet is taking Glossolalia to China to the Beijing Modern Music Festival, marking the premiere of my music on the 4th continent. http://neoquartet.pl/ http://www.dosiamckay.com/glossolalia.shtml http://bmmf.org.cn/EN/CalendarDetail.aspx?id=540

May 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Taking Musical Chances, Reaping Musical Rewards

More than a year ago I took a chance on a string quartet from Poland I have only heard in recordings. I flew in to Gdańsk, we met in person … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · 1 Comment

Submerged – New Music for Piano Solo

“Submerged” is one of my early compositions for piano solo. Ever since a pianist friend played for me “The Sunken Cathedral” by Claude Debussy in ninth grade, I felt enchanted … Continue reading

April 19, 2015 · 2 Comments

Times of Solemnity and Reflection

Times, seasons, holidays, remembrances. It’s good to have days set aside for reflection and solemnity. Though our perspectives of the World may differ, we share the the joys, sorrows, and … Continue reading

April 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Beijing New Music Festival Premiere

I am very honored to learn that my music will be featured at the Beijing Modern Music Festival in May. NeoQuartet will be performing selections from our latest recording Glossolalia. … Continue reading

March 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

First Premiere in my Home Country of Poland

An emotional moment in my career as NeoQuartet is about to premiere “Glossolalia” and “Is Now Not Enough?” in my home country of Poland, not very far from where I … Continue reading

October 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

New Music for Classical Guitar – Recording in Argentina

I am pleased to announce that Sergio Puccini, an Argentine guitar virtuoso, will record “Parting” for inclusion in his upcoming album release. I am thrilled that my composition will be … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Working with the Cellist of NeoQuartet – Composer’s Perspective

It’s not a secret that cello is my most favorite of the string instruments, so I was looking forward to Krzysztof’s interpretations of my lyrical legato cello solos. But then … Continue reading

July 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Flute Concerto – The Espionage

The Espionage concerto was partially inspired by a poem by the same title I wrote in 2008 (see below) and, in a wider sense, by my fascination with the spy … Continue reading

July 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Sweet Baby – Choral Premiere in New York

Premiere of Sweet Baby, my new choral piece, performed by the members of C4 under the direction of Fahad Siadat. New York, Composer’s Voice, June 29, 2014, Jan Hus Presbyterian … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Working with Vibraphonist Paweł Nowicki – Composer’s Perspective

A few notes from the recent recording session of my new album Glossolalia. Today I share about working with the vibraphonist – Paweł Nowicki. Paweł made a guest appearance on … Continue reading

June 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Working with the 2nd Violin of NeoQuartet – Composer’s Perspective

A few notes from the recent recording session of my new album Glossolalia. Today I share about working with the 2nd Violin of NeoQuartet – Paweł Kapica. Paweł very skilfully … Continue reading

June 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

What is the Role of a Composer in Music Creation?

My professor at New York University, Kent Underwood, used to say that the reality of music is not the score, but the performance. It is a humbling proposition for a … Continue reading

May 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Working with the Violist of NeoQuartet – Composer’s Perspective

Is it me or are all viola players naturally quiet and reserved? Michał approached the music in a very methodical and collaborative way making sure to give the preference to … Continue reading

March 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Working with the Cellist of NeoQuartet – Composer’s Perspective

Composer’s perspective – working with the cellist of NeoQuartet, Krzysztof Pawłowski: It’s not a secret that cello is my most favorite of the string instruments, so I was looking forward … Continue reading

March 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Working with 1st Violin – Composer’s Perspective

Composer’s perspective – working with 1st Violin of NeoQuartet, Karolina Piątkowska-Nowicka: Karolina was a very strong leader of the group and often suggested nuanced interpretations of individual melodic lines. She … Continue reading

February 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Every Composer’s Dream

Would you like to know what’s it like to work with world-class musicians? It’s like this: I draw for them a black-and-white drawing and they transform it into a 3-D … Continue reading

February 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Vibraphonist Paweł Nowicki To Record My Music

Meet vibraphonist Paweł Nowicki. Paweł will make a guest appearance on my upcoming album featuring my music for strings performed by NeoQuartet. He will be the soloist on “First In … Continue reading

February 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Composer’s Diary – Writing a String Quartet – Part 2

Life, death, ecstasy, discarding two weeks worth of work, and starting over – I talk about it all. I’m taking you behind the scenes of composing my new string quartet … Continue reading

January 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

NeoQuartet in Rehearsal – More New Music to Come

NeoQuartet in rehearsal. I am composing a new work for them to be recorded next month in Poland as a part of my new album. http://en.neoquartet.pl/home/ In this photo: Karolina … Continue reading

January 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Cantabile Set to Record for New Album of String Quartet Music

Cantabile, one of the tracks I will be recording this winter with NeoQuartet for my upcoming album, is a slow movement from the Three Monologues for String Quartet. I composed … Continue reading

December 30, 2013 · 1 Comment

New Music For Baroque Lute – Challenges of Composition, Notation, and Interpretation

I chat with Baroque lutenist Will Tocaben about “Parting”, a new piece I recently wrote for him. We discuss the challenges of composition, notation, interpretation, and performance on a period … Continue reading

December 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Recording a New Album with NeoQuartet in Poland

I am so very excited that I will be recording my new album with NeoQuartet. I just bought my plane ticket to Poland for February. I am not worried about … Continue reading

December 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

“Parting” for Baroque Lute – New Music for an Old Instrument

Here is the recording of my new piece for Baroque lute, but it’s probably more fun to watch the video of Will Tocaben’s performance:

December 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Parting for Baroque Lute Now On Video

I composed Parting for Baroque lutenist Will Tocaben in the summer of 2013. At that time it seemed that everywhere I turned I saw relationships falling apart and close and … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · 1 Comment

New Album for String Quartet Set To Record This Winter

I am very excited to announce that I am set to record a new album with a superb ensemble from Poland. NeoQuartet will record my music for strings this winter … Continue reading

December 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

New Music for Baroque Lute – Video Shoot

I am working on a music video featuring the new piece I composed for Will Tocaben and his Baroque Lute. No, I didn’t ask him to sit on the floor … Continue reading

December 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

New Music for Baroque Lute

I hope this is a familiar face and instrument to many of you. I am getting ready for a video shoot with Baroque lutenist Will Tocaben in a few days. … Continue reading

November 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Free Music Scores – Download Sheet Music

I have decided to release a handful of my scores to public circulation. Follow this link to find a couple of my piano pieces, a string quartet, and a brass … Continue reading

November 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Too Much Fun Around Here – Invasion of Clowns – Brass Quintet

The Presidential Brass Quintet at the Valdosta State University performed my crazy fun piece entitled “Invasion of Clowns” yesterday. http://www.dosiamckay.com/music/clowns.shtml Listen to a demo here: http://dosiamckay.com/mp3/DosiaMcKay_Invasion_of_Clowns.mp3

October 22, 2013 · 1 Comment

Recording New Music for Baroque Lute

I spent several hours with Will Tocaben recording the piece I wrote for him. The process was very tedious and especially challenging since we were not in a soundproof environment. … Continue reading

October 20, 2013 · 1 Comment

New Music for Baroque Lute

Will Tocaben came by the studio again. This time he brought a different, more resonant lute. We spent more time working on the piece I recently wrote for him. Note … Continue reading

September 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Transcribing Music for Baroque Lute

Here is my new piece for Baroque lute transcribed by Will Tocaben in the traditional tablature. Notice the 6-line staff and letters depicting pitches. I also want to transcribe this … Continue reading

August 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

New Music for Baroque Lute

Will Tocaben came to the studio to go over the piece I wrote for him. We spent almost 3 hours combing through it and Will adjusted the fingering. Only one … Continue reading

August 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Premiere of “First In Flight” for Vibraphone and String Quartet

At the premiere of my new piece for vibraphone and string quartet entitled “First In Flight” in Asheville. http://www.dosiamckay.com/music/firstinflight.shtml Here I am introducing the piece to the audience.

August 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Dress Rehearsal – Vibraphone and String Quartet

Rehearsing “First In Flight”. Sincerely yours conducting. http://www.dosiamckay.com/mp3/DosiaMcKay_Firstinflight.mp3 http://www.dosiamckay.com/music/firstinflight.shtml

July 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

Rehearsing with Vibraphone

“Less pedal in this section, match the articulation of the strings.” Rehearsing “First In Flight” with Jason DeCristofaro Listen to the MP3 sample: http://www.dosiamckay.com/mp3/DosiaMcKay_Firstinflight.mp3 Learn about the piece: http://www.dosiamckay.com/music/firstinflight.shtml

July 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

New Composition – Premiere in Asheville

Here is an article in the Mountain Xpress, the local Asheville paper, about the premiere of my piece for vibraphone and string quartet on the Composers’ Concert this Sunday. http://www.mountainx.com/article/51310/Johann-come-lately

July 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

“Farewell Dream Garden” for Soprano, Flute, and String Orchestra

It has been almost two years but I was not able to edit this video until now.  I wrote “Farewell Dream Garden” for the International “Music in the Garden” Composers’ … Continue reading

March 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Dosia McKay – Is Now Not Enough – String Quartet Premiere

Enjoy the video of the recent premiere of my new string quartet entitled “Is Now Not Enough?” during the Composer’s Voice Concert in Jan Hus Presbyterian Church in New York … Continue reading

March 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

String Quartet Premiere in New York – March 10

My new string quartet will be premiered on March 10 at 1:00 pm on the Composer’s Voice Concert in Jan Hus Presbyterian Church in New York by Josh Henderson, Blake … Continue reading

March 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

New String Quartet – Rehearsal via Skype

Skyping the rehearsal of my new string quartet. Unfortunately the speed of the connection was not sufficient to handle the audio and the sound was very choppy. Maybe next time … Continue reading

February 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

New String Quartet – Is Now Not Enough?

I am pleased to announce that I have finished writing a new string quartet. I have entitled it “Is Now Not Enough?”, as the music explores the restlessness and insatiability … Continue reading

February 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Flute and Lute

I have been playing Bach with Will Tocaben lately. Will is a purist. His lute, as compared to the modern tuning, sounds a whole step lower. I had to transpose … Continue reading

January 11, 2013 · 1 Comment

Two Moods for Clarinet and Piano – 2. Wind Chimes

And here is the second movement of my Two Moods for Clarinet and Piano performed by Steve Loew and Daniel Weiser in a house concert in Arden, NC. In this … Continue reading

December 19, 2012 · Leave a comment
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