May 16, 2013
I wrote a ballad for tenor voice and piano featuring lyrics from William Blake’s poem “Never Seek to Tell Thy Love.” From a music theoretical perspective, this is my most sophisticated composition to date. The piece is written in B major but borrows chords from G#, with a modulation to C major and finally to A minor. Unconventionally, the chord progression I -> III is featured prominently throughout, with III functioning primarily as a pre-dominant. The sheet music is free and you can get it here.
Bill Cutter, director of the MIT Concert Choir (of which I am an alumnus), offered to sing the piece to the accompaniment of Professor Charles Shadle, and together they gave an incredibly powerful performance: