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Colton Dodd is a pianist and composer based out of Richmond, Virginia.

More of his information, recordings, and scores can be found below and throughout the website.

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Join me for my Undergraduate Capstone Recital!

April 28th, 2018 at 6 PM

James W. Black Music Center, 922 Park Ave, Richmond, VA 23220

A one-hour program of piano masterpieces from all of the history European Art Music.

I’ll begin the program by playing William Schuman’s “Three Score Set.” This is a Mid-Century piece that ties together many of the compositional styles in my program.

The next piece is the only one in the program that is all about melody: Ludwig  van Beethoven’s Sonata No. 22 in F Major, Op. 54. 

I’ll wrap up the first half the recital with another multi-movement piece — Sergei Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 14.

After a short break to recuperate from Prokofiev’s jarring piece, I’ll settle the dust by playing a piece by J.S. Bach: Fantasia in C Minor, BWV 906. 

Next, we’ll rest in the soundscape of three of Claude Debussy’s preludes: Book 1 No. 1, “Danseuses de Delphes,” Book 1 No. 3, “Le vent dans la plaine,” and Book 2 No. 6, Des pas sur la neige.”

Finally, I’ll end the night with an avant-garde piece by George Crumb. “Five pieces for Piano” is played on the keys, on the strings inside of the piano, and with different objects added to the piano to create new, non-traditional sounds.

I hope that by the end of all of these pieces you’ll be left with questions about the music and maybe even about life.

This is a free concert and it is open to the public!

I hope to see you there and if you have any questions please feel free to ask!

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January 25th, 2018

Masterclass with Leon Fleisher

Leon Fleisher is performing at VCU’s Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall this Sunday, January 28, 2017, at 3 PM. For information and tickets to that concert click here.

The following morning he will be giving a masterclass to VCU Music’s piano department. Myself and two other students were selected to perform and be critiqued by him.

I will be playing a piece that is programed to be played in my Senior Recital this April. Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 2, Movement 3. It’s the one piece in the whole sonata that all time stops for and you’re forced to hear every dissonance and consonance.

 

 

Current Film Compositions

NYU Film Scoring Workshop

Over the summer of 2017 I attended NYU’s film scoring workshop where I had the chance to meet and work with students from all over the world who share my passion for writing music. It’s rare to find oneself immersed in a group of people so passionate and excited about the same things that you are. What a fantastic experience!

During the workshop I composed, orchestrated, and recorded music for a short film clip.

You can watch the clip and see the orchestration here. To see more work like this go to Film Compositions.

Clip from How To Train Your Dragon 2

Score to How to Train Your Dragon 2 by Colton Dodd

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Current Compositions

Berklee’s Songwriting for Film and TV

Over the Summer of 2017 I took a class at Berklee school of music for songwriting. This was the first time I was demanded to write music outside of the classical realm. True song form and pop style composition. The demand was high for this class and I had to compose many short tunes, more like etudes in the study of a style. Now I can sit down and compose a song fairly quickly, and effectively research any style and attempt to mimic it.

This is the final project from the class. We were given a topic, a guideline, and a song for sound reference. I was given The Supremes “You Can’t Hurry Love.” I wrote all the music and recorded all the instrumental tracks. Thankfully, my talented friend Colleen Christman was able to record vocals and add her own unique sound and a few licks.

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