About to put pencil to paper for the Caprice for Karl! Writing for solo is something extremely daunting for me but I'm certainly up for the challenge. :
And I've started a new piece which my girlfriend and I have jokingly named 'chord absorption'
Here's the story:
It's a piece for two mixed quartets, each placed separately on a stage. In the first section, each quartet's harmonic and melodic material are derived from a different chord each. The 2nd quartet's chord gradually gets 'absorbed' by the first quartet like the first quartet is a sponge soaking up the second quartet's chord.
I'm writing this piece for a composition competition run by my local symphony orchestra. Each year four composers under 30 are selected to have their piece workshopped and performed, and then a couple of them have their piece performed once again at the following new music festival conducted by someone else, eg Olli Mustonen a few years back, Robert Spano next year and so on.