Continuous Variations

A blog by Charles Rose

On music, writing and thought, among other things

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Five things I learned writing my first piece for orchestra

During the peak of the pandemic when I had little else to do, I decided to devote most of my all-too-plentiful time and what little energy I had to writing a piece for orchestra, something I’d wanted to do since I began composing back in high school. I’d had a couple ideas for orchestral works […]

Subito 2022: Women Pioneers of Electronic Music

My biggest accomplishment of the last year was being the lead editor of the fifth edition of Subito, Portland State’s student-run music journal. I’m proud of my work for this issue, and I am happy with how the whole issue came out. Subito offers a great opportunity for students of music at Portland State to […]

George Lewis, Improvisation, and the Rhizome

This is the written portion of a presentation by the same name I gave at the College Music Society‘s Northwest Chapter conference. George Lewis is one of the most significant composers in the world of computer music and improvisation.  Beginning his musical career as a trombonist with the AACM (American Association of Creative Musicians) on […]

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