Joseph Hasper
Joseph Hasper
Composer

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  • 03 Nov 2013, News
  • New Chart: "Three Large Dogs (on a Very Thin Leash)"
  • We're happy today because our latest jazz ensemble piece is now finished. "Three Dogs On A Very Thin Leash" is a five minute modal tune scored for 5 saxes, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, and rhythm section. It features ad lib solo spots for tenor sax, trumpet, and piano, and should be a grade 3 or 3.5 piece. This piece is about my recent experience of living in a hotel room for a couple weeks with three very large dogs. It was composed for my Jazz Composition class at the University of Oklahoma, where ...
  • 12 Aug 2013, News
  • Selected to Participate in 2013 Orient/Occident Music Composer's Forum
  • Great news: I've been selected to participate in the Orient/Occident 2013 Music Composers' Forum! This will include a performance of my piano trio, "Z Dance" by  Collegium String Quartet and Dmitro Tavanets on piano. The event is organized by KLK NewMusic and will be held in Kiev from September 24 to 29, 2013 as part of the Festival of Contemporary Music "Kiev MusicFest 2013" (Ukraine's largest forum of contemporary music culture).  Sample audio file:  Z Dance
  • 19 Jun 2013, News
  • New music for contemporary sextet: This Is Love
  • Just added to my catalog: "This Is Love" - check out the score and give a listen to the recording! This is a contemporary sextet scored for soprano (range from first line F to high Gb), violin, tenor saxophone, guitar, piano, and percussion (triangle, tambourine, and shaker). This contains elements of jazz, classic broadway, early 20th Century, and post-modern sonorities -- never a dull moment! Moderately difficult: college students should be able to play this without much trouble. Although ...
  • 14 Jun 2013, News
  • Work With Fresno Pacific University Continues
  • I'm happy to report that once again I will be working with Wayne Huber, director of Fresno Pacific University pep bands, to write some new arrangements for their 2013-2014 season. I began working with Wayne in 2006, and it has been an absolute pleasure every year. Go Sunbirds!
  • 25 Apr 2013, News
  • Doctoral Defense Successful
  • On Monday I successfully defended my doctoral dissertation, so I'm now all set to graduate in May! For my Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) dissertation I composed a four movement symphony, accompanied by a detailed theoretical analysis. Between composing the symphony and analyzing it, this represents about 8 months of work. While it has been a great learning experience and an exercise in disciplined scholarship, I'm relieved that it's done and I'm ready to move on the the next stage of my career. The ...
  • 21 Apr 2013, News
  • New Work for 2 Flutes and Piano
  • I just finished an arrangement of the hymn tune " A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing"   for two flutes and piano. This one is set in a modern style with a moderate difficulty, and is suitable for either liturgical use or as a concert or recital piece. The premiere is set for May, 2013 at St. John Nepomuk church, with Stephanie Hasper (flute), Magda (flute), and Robert Noble (piano). 
  • 14 Apr 2013, News
  • Symphony No. 1 is Done!
  • After nearly a year of work, sweat, and anxiety (because every new work is like throwing a new baby out into the world) my first symphony is complete! Symphony No. 1 is a four movement symphonic work of approximately 30 minutes: Allegro, Andante, Marziale , and Con Brio . This piece is the basis for my doctoral dissertation, which I will be defending next week at the University of Oklahoma. You can hear a recording of each movement at the links below: 1. Symphony 1 - Allegro   2. Symphony 1 - ...
  • 19 Mar 2013, News
  • Advice to High School Students About Composition
  • I got in touch with an old friend this weekend who has a high schooler considering composition as a career. He asked me for some advice, and here's what I came up with: If I couldn't talk someone out of trying to be a composer (that is, make a living at composing music--it's easy to be a composer, much harder to get performances, harder yet to make a living at it), if they're going to study music: (1) Do not major in composition as an undergraduate! Major in theory, or musicology and take ...
  • 18 Feb 2013, News
  • Winter and Spring Projects
  • Most of my time is being spent finishing my doctoral dissertation, an orchestral symphony (look for the score in my list of uploads as "Symphony No. 1"). I managed to finish an orchestral arrangement along the way for my colleague Wayne Abravanel for the Coachella Valley Symphony, which will be heard on their March concert, an opera transcription for Dr. Wall in Michigan, and a few smaller jazz combo charts for a quintet in Switzerland. A couple pieces of my music are being ...
  • 13 Oct 2012, News
  • Nyan Goes To The Second Round
  • My composition "Nyan Mixxim Meow" (flute, trombone, prepared piano, percussion) made the the first cut of the Oklahoma Composers Association "Chopped Composer" competition, so now I'm on to the second round. My entry for the second round is "If I Were Nyan For A Day", also for flute, trombone, piano and percussion. This piece picks up where the first one left off, and explores what it would be like to be a cartoon poptart kitty cat for a day. The piece will be played on November 4, 2012, at the ...
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