Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

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

Arts Education Behind the Iron Curtain, Part 2

If you have not read the first part of this essay, you might benefit from reading it to establish the context of the following. The first day at the Conservatory … Continue reading

February 13, 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!

February 12, 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

Delightful Art – Education, Techniques, and a Toolbox of Renaissance Composers

Did Renaissance composers in training use pencil and paper? Did they study scores of their mentors? Was improvisation strictly forbidden? What was the ratio of boys to girls in a … Continue reading

April 28, 2013 · 1 Comment

“Unveiling” Premiered by North/South Consonance in New York City

Play Excerpt 1 Play Excerpt 2 On June 7 North/South Consonance under the direction of Max Lifchitz premiered my work for string orchestra entitled “Unveiling”. The concert took place in … Continue reading

June 29, 2011 · Leave a comment

Guts – A Reflection on the Psychology of the Creative Process and Perseverance as an Artist

This essay was written in October of 2009 after I attended a masterclass with Phil Kline at the New York University. It was originally published on the NYU Composers’ Forum. … Continue reading

August 28, 2010 · Leave a comment

“Unveiling” – New Work for String Orchestra

I am happy to announce that I have completed another orchestral work. “Unveiling” for string orchestra is one in a series of three orchestral compositions I am currently working on. … Continue reading

June 1, 2010 · Leave a comment

Jubilance and Lament – New Compositions

I am enclosing links to my latest compositions: The Jubilance and the Lament. Both works were composed to satisfy the final requirement of a counterpoint course in my undergraduate studies … Continue reading

May 29, 2008 · 1 Comment

Making Music, Making Love

Several years ago I was in need of some mindless decompression and so I went to the movie theater to see a popular at that time chick flick The Devil … Continue reading

May 14, 2008 · 1 Comment

Pursuit Of

Do you think we are More sophisticated Advanced Civilized Progressive? Their pencils gave us calculus Their inkwells – counterpoint Their sliding rule – velocity of light They spun the Earth … Continue reading

April 2, 2008 · Leave a comment

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

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

Color Me Blue – new music for soprano saxophone, 2 vibraphones, and double bass

What happens when counterpoint meets jazz? Lot’s of interesting things. Colorful progressions, virtuoso solo passages, and a little bit of a “mood” are all found in my new composition Color … Continue reading

November 18, 2007 · 2 Comments

Tango for a Rainy Day – New Music for Piano Solo

I have finished writing a pice for piano solo called “Tango for a Rainy Day”. Rich and mellow jazz harmonies as well as dissonant counterpoint meet in the Tango, a … Continue reading

November 29, 2006 · Leave a comment
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