The Music
Currently, there are two string quartets under the proverbial quill (really, it's more under the cursor).  These both have a somewhat rhythmic-based theme to open, then wander off from there.  As both seem to be coming along swimmingly, I cannot say which I will finish first.

I recently aquired some new software to help facilitate the writing process.  It is the Finale PrintMusic program.  The previous software was acquired for me by a friend under less-than-legitimate means and the save function was disabled.  This made revisions something of a nightmare.  The new program has fewer features, which I really didn't need anyway, but is just as easy to use and has more realistic sounds during playback.  Needless to say, I am quite happy with it and the progress it has facilitated.

My Influences
While I thoroughly enjoy classical era music, as well as some from later eras, I have been most strongly influenced by the music of the baroque era.  Some of my more powerful influences are as follows:

J.S. Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Telemann, D. Scarlatti, Soler, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Paganini, and Orff.

While I am partial to string music, it is not exclusive.  There will be other types of composition in the future.  But, for now, I plan to concentrate on just strings.

Check back here occassionally for updates on the progress.

Transcriptions
One of my current on-going projects involves arranging for Strings the Sonatas for Harpsichord of Antonio Soler.  These are fantastic pieces of music in their original form, but take on a new freshness when the parts are divided out for a String Quartet.  I will make these available here for download as I finish them.  They are free.  I only ask that you please let me know the first time they are to be performed, simply for my own knowledge.

Sonata #1 in A (PDF)
Sonata #2 in Eb (PDF)
Sonata #3 in Bb (PDF)
Sonata #4 in G (PDF)
Sonata #5 in F (PDF)
Sonata #6 in F (PDF)
Sonata #7 in C (PDF)
Sonata #8 in C (PDF)
Sonata #9 in C (PDF)
Sonata #10 in B minor (PDF)

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