Madhvi Chittoor – “Joy Within Reach” – Young Composer Score Call


Madhvi Chitoor is 5 years old, and composed a piano piece titled "Joy Within Reach."  The score can be found here, and a MIDI realization here: As one sees, this is a motivic piece based on an ascending pattern, from scale degree IV, to V, to VI, VII, and I.  There is a clear development, …

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Kyle Grimm – Pitchforks and Crow’s Feet


Kyle Grimm's music spans the gamut of media and instrumentation.  A double bassist and dance collaborator, he also has experience working with ensembles and other performers.  This is evident in his work "Pitchforks and Crow's Feet". The score can be found here: Pitchforks and Crow's Feet for Flute, Cello, and Bass. This work relies heavily …

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Steven Maheu’s Elements of Creative Force – Part 5


Hi All, Here is another image from Steven Maheu's Elements of Creative Force.  This explains how different elements can be contrasting or complementary to one another. We use the relationships between each number and another number to define if the two numbers are contrasting, or complementary.  This only applies when using the same color.  (We …

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Steven Maheu’s Elements of Creative Force – Part 4


Before we proceed with this post, it is worth noting that there have been some small changes in Steven Maheu's main Elements of Creative Force document.  The updated document can be found here: Today's post is going to be short on my end, because Steven has devised an exercise for you to try, using the …

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Steven Maheu – Elements of Creative Force


Steven Maheu, a composer currently based in my home state, reached out to me about an idea he has, for realizing, documenting, and hearing creative ideas: "I felt you may be interested in a type of toolbox I had created for music and art.  It has roots in an old ballet notation that has wide …

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Sight Reading Exercises for Guitarists – Book


Book available for purchase here Sight Reading Exercises for Guitarists The goal of this book is to provide a large volume of exercises that guitar teachers can use to help students gain facility with reading music. This book is not intended to teach sight reading. It is only meant to make a guitar teacher's job …

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Proportional Notation (Tool #59)


One trap that is easy to fall into as a composer is the rigidity of rhythm, meter, and barlines.  While these are good tools to use when constructing a piece, sometimes a true sense of line requires that you write music that is free from strict rhythm, meter, and barlines.  This allows your music to …

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Meaning in Mahler Symphony No. 1 (Part 3)


(Chart referenced in this post) Meaning in Symphony No. 1 Titles and Program As we see in the chart taken from Mitchell’s writings, the original title of the symphony was “Symphonic Poem” in two parts. Parts I and II were indicated, but not explicitly titled. The other movements were given brief titles. We know that …

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Meaning in Mahler Symphony No. 1 (Part 2)


(Chart referenced in this post) Compositional History of Symphony No. 1 Most sources agree that Mahler wrote the majority of this symphony between January 20, 1888 and the end of March that year.[1] At this time, Mahler was a proponent of creating music based on building blocks—arranging and rearranging structures (especially pre-existing ones) to create …

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