So along with my commission, I've been writing some other pieces. The first is a work for two violins and cello, called "To Recruit A Violist" which I've been working on for a while now at its own pace (hey, it feels nice to do that!). The music's in three short movements; the first movement I've used the medieval musical technique of isorthythm, the second is a tiny elegy for Canadian politician Jack Layton. The third I've titled "Playground Ritual" and is lively with lots of "push and pull" syncopation. In this way, each movement is like a little storybook or pictograph.
Along with this work I'm writing a number of pieces for toy instruments! Learning a brand new instrument has reawakened those old memories of learning recorder in Grade 3 music class. Take a listen to an excerpt of a new piece I'm writing for two plastic recorders: http://soundcloud.com/tylerversluis/na-ve-recorders-excerpt
Tyler Versluis is a composer and pianist.