Tag Archives: music

Jonathan Coulton is the Man!

Listening to something a little different tonight: I discovered this musical genius quite by accident a few years ago on an internet comedy rock station. Never knew before discovering Mr. Coulton’s wacky songs that music could be so pleasing and … Continue reading

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How sensitive is your hearing?

So, just how sensitive are you to music and mood? What do you see in your mind’s eye when you listen to music? Do you actively think while you’re listening, and if so, what about? The music? Do you daydream … Continue reading

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Happy (only slightly belated) Lunar New Year!

I hope all are well. I’ve been kept very busy with non musical duties for some time now, but I am writing this now because I was very impressed, yet again, with a recent performance by the One World Symphony … Continue reading

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A Talented Composer

Dave Stowell is a fellow who deserves much praise. His compositions are understated models of grace and elegance.  His Crazy Chimes is one example. (Here is the score.) There are many others. It is always a great pleasure to listen … Continue reading

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Morning Prayer

Listen to this: Morning Prayer by Ed Sharpe. (Be sure to click on the mp3 button on the ScoreExchange page.) I have only one question for now: Where can I buy the CD? There is today being created, for anyone … Continue reading

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Sibelius 7 is upon us

I downloaded the demo and must admit, despite there being a steeper learning curve than from version 5 to 6, I think I like what I see so far. I’m not a buying v.0 kind of guy, and I think … Continue reading

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Contemporary Composers

Here’s a great article that highlights the contemporary composer: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/20/who-and-where-are-americas-composers/  

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12-tone Composition challenge

I have suggested at SonsofSibelius that composers challenge themselves by composing something utilizing the 12-tone method of composition. I think a lot of creativity is locked up in our own personal rules and limitations and that by smashing through our … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

This piece by Juan Ortega Aragón really got me thinking about titles. The music is very beautiful, but the title, in a medical setting, refers to something not beautiful at all! But this doesn’t, at least for me, detract in … Continue reading

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How can I accomodate you?

Been some (at times heated) discussion lately about the desirability, or lack thereof, of modifying otherwise completed musical compositions for the sake of ease of performance. At Sibeliusmusic this thread started the latest round of debate on this topic, before … Continue reading

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