A list of the best music notation software for beginners.
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Cullyn D. Murphy's "Agony" is a riveting, fast-paced work that fuses spoken word, percussion, mixed media, and theatrical elements to push the idea of what musical organization is, and what music is.
As a composer and an arts administrator, I work by hand on both musical scores and countless documents at the office. Over the years, I have come to rely on certain pens.
Here is a look at some tools I am currently using as part of my "audio toolbox", and some tools I am looking at myself.
I have tried out Finale's part-making capabilities in version 25, and used linked parts for the first time. Here are my notes.
I have finished engraving the score to my latest orchestral work. I will be scanning and re-scanning it for a while, but for now the score is done.
As noted in my last post about this, my current work centers around engraving the score of an orchestral work composed in Finale version 25. So far I have 6 pages engraved, with 3 more pages of music and 2 more pages of cover/title information (the cover and inside cover will be made in Microsoft Word).
This book could occupy all of your time if you wished. It is an essential read for every composer, containing the manual that nearly all great classical composers learned from. Contemporary composers still use it today both as a way to learn and a tool for teaching their students.
My go-to studio monitors for years have been a pair of Yamaha HS5 powered studio monitors. They have helped me produce 3 albums, hours of electroacoustic music, and listen deeply to mixes I love so I can understand them.
This set of canons is remarkable and charming. The counterpoint in them is quite advanced for a young composer (see the program note about when the first movement was written). Yet, there is still an artistic purpose in each movement and note choice.
This CD/DVD burner works great on my Mac, on my Mac when running Windows, on other people's PCs--you name it. I cannot recommend a better device for the price.
I have continued to expand my fluency with Dorico. I have been focusing on familiarity with Write Mode over the past week or so, by composing a set of 3 preludes for piano.
Aidan Caron's wind ensemble work "Norwegian Portraits" is a raucous battle cry of a fanfare that elicits images of vikings and natural horn calls.
Paul Brennan's piece "Swinging on the Playground" is a light, lively, rag-time-inspired work for solo piano.
This submission to the young composer score call brings to mind film music, outer space, romanticism, and the works of Gustav Holst.
Here is one of my current projects. I have used Dorico to create the "score", and have created a Max/MSP patch to facilitate live performance. The only additional component I need to create is a backing track audio file in Logic, for use with the performance.
This piece features a lilting sense of phrasing, a consistent sense of meter, and a melody that will surely "sing" on a real instrument (the MIDI playback lacks the nuance required to fully experience it).
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Koti Jaddu's submission to the Young Composer Score call reads right out of a book of preludes