Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

Harpsichord Concerto, I – Ritornello

The new harpsichord concerto is finished. Enjoy the preview of the first movement, the Ritornello. I will upload the other two movements in the next few days. Ritornello is a … Continue reading

July 31, 2018 · 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

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

“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 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

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

Baroque Notation for Lute

Will Tocaben, for whom I have been writing my lute piece, sent me his initial comments. The words “gorgeous” and “falling on the lute perfectly” have been used. Now, I … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

Writing for Baroque Lute

You might remember me mentioning that I am writing a piece for a lutenist Will Tocaben. This is the first time I have written anything for a string (strummed) instrument … Continue reading

June 12, 2013 · 1 Comment

Composing for Baroque Lute

Will Tocaben has asked me to write a solo piece for his Baroque lute. It’s a very unique and delicate instrument with 13 courses in D-minor tuning. I have a … Continue reading

June 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
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