Chrysanthemum

(Composed by Reynold D. Philipsek 2017 copyright Zino-Rephi Music BMI)

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Keys-Gregg Inhofer

The idea was to depict the opening of a flower by “opening” up the harmony as this song evolves. It gets harder, as time goes on, to write music that satisfies. A big part of that is that by the time you have been doing it as long as I have, you have used up a big chunk of your reservoir.

I often will write a piece of music, only to discard it, because it is too similar to a thing I have already done. This one opened up (pun intended) a few new things harmonically. It probably isn’t very readily apparent but Wayne Shorter and Maurice Ravel both influenced this piece.

Stay safe.

Link:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=J8orK_zTK8U

Vermeer

(Composed and performed by Reynold D. Philipsek
2015 copyright Zino-Rephi Music BMI)

17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer had such an effect on me that in my early thirties, I decided to go to art school part-time to learn how to paint with oils.

After two years, I realized that as a painter, I was merely an enthusiastic hobbyist but I’m glad I learned how to draw and the process of painting with oils.

This piece is my appreciation of Vermeer. It begins and ends with a musical canon (like a “round” the same music begins at different times to create counterpoint).

Because Vermeer was such a master of form and balance I thought that the inclusion of a canon was the right touch to precede and follow the improv section. 

Take care and be safe. 

Link here: https://youtu.be/Pu0q5DvorH4

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