Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

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

Contemplation of the Score in Slow Motion

I dragged up my 52-lb weighted Kurzweil keyboard from the basement in order to stammer through some Bach and Chopin to remind myself what compositional craft used to be about. … Continue reading

November 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Color Me Blue – New Music for Soprano Sax, 2 Vibraphones, and Bass

I am updating my score catalog and came across this fun piece for soprano saxophone, 2 vibraphones, and bass. Jazz meets counterpoint! http://www.dosiamckay.com/mp3/DosiaMcKay_colormeblue.mp3 http://www.dosiamckay.com/music/colormeblue.shtml

February 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Arts Education Behind the Iron Curtain, Part 1

I feel very privileged to have devoted much of my life to the study and practice of music. Having attained degrees from two American universities after completing studies in the … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bach and Beyond

Sometimes when I hear music like this, I feel that after Bach and his sons, every composition is superfluous. Much of this piece consists of a unison line against simple … Continue reading

January 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Cello – Love Against Reason

I began to study cello in 2010 while I was in graduate school. Don’t ask me why. The timing was certainly haphazard, but I fell in love with the instrument. … Continue reading

December 4, 2014 · 1 Comment

ER Music

I came across this video and felt inspired to write a mini story. The old street musician who was rushed to the emergency room from the hit and run accident … Continue reading

November 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

What Is the Shape of Your Music?

Why are you attracted to certain kinds of music and not the others? What need does the music fill in your life? What are the circumstances in which you find … Continue reading

May 29, 2013 · 1 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

Karl Philipp Emanuel Bach – Sonata in A minor for flute alone

Karl Philipp Emanuel Bach – Sonata in A minor, Poco adagio There are never enough hours in the day for me to do everything I want to do. This summer … Continue reading

August 21, 2009 · 3 Comments

Prelude and Fugue – New compositions for piano solo

Lest you think I only write poetry these days, I am encolsing links to my latest music compositions. Inspired by Johann Sebastian Bach’s Das Wohltemperierte Klavier in style and form, … Continue reading

March 13, 2008 · Leave a comment

Beautiful is the Mention of Your Name

Beautiful is the mention of your name Lovely is the shape of its sounds But were it not for the language My lips would call upon it still With velvety … Continue reading

January 29, 2008 · 2 Comments

Das Wohltemperierte Klavier

I will not be still In the presence of eternity Breathing into a fleeting moment Blessed be the pleasures of the mind The symmetry of the Universe And the anticipation … Continue reading

January 25, 2008 · 2 Comments
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