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About epogdous

I'm an italian student of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology in Sapienza University of Rome. Dispite my scientific interests (which range from structural biology to immunology, etc.) I cultivate a deep passion for classical music and in general for musicology. As a teen I studied the flute but basically I'm a self-taught pianist and composer. I'm well-acquainted with the music of 1850-1950 era. I generally don't like to say I have preferences for some composer in particular but I can't deny that Ralph Vaughan Williams and Charles Ives hold a great fascination to me. I think that the common message of their music is the transcendentalist precept "low living, high thinking".

Serial alignments

Recently, I have been so busy that I overlooked the blog a bit too much. Even if I had no time to post anything, I didn’t put my ideas on the back burner and now I am ready to share … Continue reading

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The well intentioned amateur enthusiast: Oban 14yo

Then comes the Oban. 14 years old Oban Scotch malt whiskey is made in the Western Highlands, one of the most sparsely populated region in Europe. Oban is not exactly a gem, as the saying is. It is a ‘clean’ … Continue reading

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The well intentioned amateur enthusiast: Lagavulin 16yo

While digging through my family liquor cabinet last week (hey I’m not an alcoholic!), I noticed two noble looking bottle packages down inside. Oban 14 and Lagavulin 16! Do we have two such top-notch malts and nobody told me?! What … Continue reading

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Somewhere beyond the se…ries! [Pt. 3]

The method of serial composition that I showed you earlier is not the most immediate to deal with but it’s turning out to be very versatile and prone to improvements. Here I am going to explain a solution to avoid … Continue reading

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Drafts limbo

I was cleaning out my room today and came across four binders crammed with hand-written sheet music. 10,5 kg of sketches! I stored up all this stuff almost since the beginning of my first meeting with written music in late … Continue reading

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Bricks

Here is the method I developed to compose an intricate corrente as part of a wider piano piece. First of all I chose a musical unit consisting of two superimposed pentachords (A and B). The inversion of the harmonic intervals … Continue reading

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Symmetric compulsion

Recently I’ve had a lot to do with a very special tone row. It’s a mirrored palindromic row derived from the trichord {5, 8, 9}. The three notes after the prime trichord are its retrograde, the next three are its … Continue reading

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