In 1994 I decided I wanted to write symphonic material. I scribbled ideas in wire bound score books and I worked out melodies and basic harmonies on piano and guitar. I played all of these raw ideas on an electric keyboard with MIDI cables ported into an Atari 1040STE running Cubase. By 1996, I had gradually worked the ideas into the form of my first symphony: Symphony 1 in C Major.
Over the last two decades the raw MIDI data of this work has moved to multiple updated computers, sequencers, multiple updated versions of keyboards, improved sound cards and modules, soft synths and finally the Garritan Personal Orchestra sound samples being used in the current rendering. I’ve been living with the music as an unfinished project for a long time.
The notes have remained the same. They’ve finally been given the beautiful form they deserve to be heard.
The digital image is another beautiful design by my dear friend, Viking graphic artist, Klaus Nordby.
Cover Design by Klaus Nordby
I am officially publishing this music today, April 13th, for a very special reason.
This is the birthday of my late grandfather, George J. Schodroski. He encouraged me in my musical passion. In the late 1980s he was the first person to inform me of a new, developing technology he’d read about called MIDI. He told me I should definitely look into it. I am very grateful that he was able to hear some earlier renderings of this music. I am also grateful I was able to tell him that this work is dedicated to him.
I hope you enjoy my first symphony.
Symphony 1 in C Major “Odyssey”, dedicated to George J. Schodroski, self-made, bootstrapping, life-long, active-minded American, beloved grandfather, poet and fellow lover of beautiful art.