How Much Detail is Enough? How much is too much?


I visited/attended a composition seminar down at Yale in New Haven, CT this past Thursday, and the guest lecturer for that day was Matthias Pintscher, a well-reputed composer and conductor from Europe who spends a lot of time in the U.S.  It was a fascinating discussion of his music and artistic views, which incorporated some …

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Concert Comments – David Macbride’s 60th Birthday Celebration Concert


I'm not going to title this post a "review"--I have very few comments here that would make for a critical review.  However, I have some comments that I'd like to share regarding yesterday's concert held by David Macbride. David Macbride is a professor of Composition and Theory at The Hartt School.  I have worked closely …

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Opinion: Classical Concerts are Better Than Classical Recordings


Concerts!  What about them?  I took them for granted while in music school--let's put that out there.  With the hundreds of annual performances, I missed a multitude of evenings because I had my head in a textbook, with some headphones on in the library, or writing notes on paper.  And I'm glad I studied, listened, …

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Tool #18: Make Music When You Write Music


Here's a quick tip for when you're in the process of composing, that helps no matter how your composing habit usually goes: Make music when you write music. What do I mean?  When you're at your instrument and you're composing, make music on that instrument.  When you're at the computer plugging in notes, hum and …

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