Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

Seven for Piano Solo

“Seven” – a newly completed piece for piano solo. A virtuosity fix of sorts. Colorful harmonies and cascading arpeggios. For virtuoso and advanced pianists. Get the score at

December 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Composition Competitions – Gambling and Return on Investment

I have been sharing my successes and hopes with you, but have been concealing failures and struggles. It is not all glitter and red carpet in my profession. It is … Continue reading

June 23, 2015 · 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

Dosia McKay – Composer Portrait – Part 2 – Lacrimosa

Here is the second part of my documentary in which I discuss the birth of my album Lacrimosa. If you missed the first part, you can watch it here.

March 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Dosia McKay – Composer Portrait – Part 1

If we have not met in person, this might be the second best. In this candid video I discuss my pathway to composition, the sources of inspiration for my music, and … Continue reading

March 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Two Moods for Clarinet and Piano – 1. Haunted

I would like to share with you a video of a recent performance by Steve Loew and Daniel Weiser in a house concert in Arden, NC where they presented my … Continue reading

December 17, 2012 · 5 Comments

Free Download – Lush for Piano, Saxophone, and Jazz Orchestra

In the mood for something mellow today? Enjoy this free download of my composition “Lush” for piano, soprano saxophone, and jazz orchestra.

September 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Lacrimosa – New Album Now Available on CD

In addition to MP3 downloads of my album on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby, I am now happy to offer compact discs. You can order them directly from me by … Continue reading

August 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

Lacrimosa – Now Available on Amazon MP3 Downloads

Amazon categorized Lacrimosa as Modern Classical, Dance/DJ/Electronic, and Miscellaneous. I would say that’s fairly accurate. I hope to ruffle some feathers in the Miscellaneous department! Follow this link to listen … Continue reading

July 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

Lacrimosa – New Album Available for Download

My long awaited debut album Lacrimosa is now available for download at the following locations: iTunes CD Baby More digital distributors, including Amazon to follow and the CD is in … Continue reading

July 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

Free Download – Lush for Soprano Saxophone, Piano, and Jazz Orchestra

As my holiday gift to you, please enjoy a free download of my composition “Lush” for soprano saxophone (Rob Jacoby), piano (Rich Shemaria), and jazz orchestra (NYU).

December 13, 2011 · 1 Comment

My Music on SoundCloud

You can now find some of my music on SoundCloud – listen, download, comment, or follow me.

October 28, 2011 · Leave a comment

Words – A New Score to a Short Film by Max Strebel.

Here is a little gem of a film – “Words” by Max Strebel (2009). I wrote a demo music soundtrack to it as an exercise for one of my composition … Continue reading

September 3, 2010 · Leave a comment

Lush – New Jazz Piece for Soprano Saxophone, Piano, and Chamber Orchestra

I am very pleased to announce the completion of the recording of my new work for soprano saxophone, piano, and chamber orchestra. Please be sure to download the enclosed MP3 … Continue reading

April 21, 2010 · 1 Comment

People and Landscapes of Catalonia at the Washington International Film Festival

I just completed a score to a Catalan silent film depicting cultural life of the early XX c. Barcelona. I colaborated with three other composers and we are pleased to … Continue reading

March 31, 2010 · Leave a comment

New Soundtrack – Homecoming – Short Film by Josiah Signor

I recently finished scoring a short film by Josiah Signor – Homecoming. I attempted to illustrate the emotions of this intimate and moving film with the simple instrumentation of clarinet, … Continue reading

November 29, 2009 · 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

Orchestration / Scoring Demos

A good composer has to be able to wear many hats; that of an orchestrator, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, and, of course a creator / inventor. I finally had some time … Continue reading

March 22, 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

New Music for Cello and Piano – the Triptych

Farandole Legend Carousel (Samples from a live performance by Matt Wilkinson, cello and Melony Maness, piano, March 29, 2009) I am pleased to unveil my latest composition for cello and … Continue reading

October 2, 2007 · Leave a comment

Danse Macabre Wins Again

I am pleased to announce that my Piano Trio Danse Macabre (earlier introduced in this entry) won on regional level of Society of Composers Inc./ASCAP Student Composition Competition. The same … Continue reading

August 29, 2007 · Leave a comment

Midnight Butterflies – New Music for Piano Solo

Midnight Butterflies, a piece for piano solo, was inspired by my own painting by the same title. A whimsical and stuttering melody grows bolder until it reaches a point of … Continue reading

May 2, 2007 · Leave a comment

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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