Divertimento #2 & Life Just Happens

Divertimento #2 & Life Just Happens

music for bagpipes and drum

I wanted to write a piece of music that included the chords: C, Caug, Cdim, C# and resolve back to C. I used these chords as the harmonic backdrop to the piece. I then used the C, and C# pentatonic scales for the melodic material. This outline is Divertimento #2. What grew out of that material is “Life Just Happens”.

This is written for 3 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, and a Db bass. It includes an introduction to the motifs and then the motif themselves. Once all of the motifs are played by the violin then it repeats itself using the cello in the same manner and then switches to the viola.  The finale brings all the the elements together ending on the C chord.

It is 40 sec. for Divertimento #2 and Life Just Happens is 7min. 30 sec. long.

You can listen a representation of the piece on Soundcloud here.

The notation for this piece is available to purchase at $2.00 / page.

(pdf download)

Contact me

Landis plays hand-built guitars by Darrell Pura, Saskatoon, Sask. Canada.
Classical model: Recitalist
Electric hollow body model: Landis Custom
Acoustic model: OM6

©Copyright Landis Maitland-Whitelaw. All rights reserved. Site design by Mighty Sparrow Design

Chamber Concerto #1 for Guitar & Strings

Chamber Concerto #1 for Guitar & Strings

Landis Maitland-Whitelaw-Concerto #1 for Guitar & Strings

This piece was written between 1995 and 1998. This version was revised in 2020 it consists of 3 movements, Allegro, Andante and Allegretto. Landis premiered this piece in 1999 with the Saskatoon Composers Performance Society and later with the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra. You can hear a representation  of this piece here on SoundCloud.

There is also a version for guitar and piano. You can find it under Duets.

The notation for this piece is available to purchase at $2.00 / page.

(pdf download)

Contact me

Landis plays hand-built guitars by Darrell Pura, Saskatoon, Sask. Canada.
Classical model: Recitalist
Electric hollow body model: Landis Custom
Acoustic model: OM6

©Copyright Landis Maitland-Whitelaw. All rights reserved. Site design by Mighty Sparrow Design