Pictured: Manuel M. Ponce Manuel M. Ponce’s 24 Preludes are some of the most inspiring and exceptional jewels in the guitar repertoire. However, they are also some of the most difficult to perform. The performer must navigate the fretboard with acrobatic leaps and sound rich harmonies with uncomfortable fingering, all while trying to ensure the […]

The Guitar Composer vs. Composing for the Guitar — Abaris Music

With most songs, you become aware that there is a moment where the greatest musical excitement happens. Typically it’s somewhere during the chorus, if the song uses one. If it’s a verse-refrain song, that climactic moment typically happens right at (or near) the start of the refrain, like “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” If your…

Several Ways to Create High Points In Your Songs — The Essential Secrets of Songwriting

Henryk Sztompka (1901 – 1964) was a Polish pianist. Sztompka studied the piano with Antoni Sygietyński and with Józef Turczyński in Warsaw. After graduating with honors from the Warsaw Conservatory in 1926, he made his debut with the Warsaw Philharmonic in Rachmaninoff’s second concerto. He received the prize for the best interpretation of Chopin’s mazurkas…

Chopin: Nocturne in B major Op. 32 No. 1 – Henryk Sztompka, 1953 – Muza SX 0070 — davidhertzberg


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Composer Frank Ticheli’s “All the World’s a Stage” will receive its world premiere Oct. 14 – 16 during our Beethoven’s “Eroica” concert.

Composer Frank Ticheli’s “All the World’s a Stage” Receives World Premiere Oct. 14 – 16   — The Pacific Symphony Blog

As a songwriter you likely already know the importance of having a strong partnership between the melodies you write and chords underneath them. That partnership between melody and chords is a crucial one. But don’t forget that lyrics are an important member of that partnership. And in that regard, the chords you choose can have…

Getting Chords to Support the Mood of the Lyric — The Essential Secrets of Songwriting

One of the reasons that you might add a bridge to your song is that it can make it just a bit longer, if all you’ve got is a couple of verses. So if, by the time you’ve reached the end of your second go-through of the chorus, you feel that your song would sound…

Chord Advice For Starting a Song’s Bridge — The Essential Secrets of Songwriting

Witold Małcużyński (August 10, 1914 – July 17, 1977) was a distinguished Polish pianist who specialized in the works of Frédéric Chopin.비톨트 마우추진스키(폴란드어: Witold Małcużyński, 1914년 8월 10일 ~ 1977년 7월 17일)는 폴란드의 피아니스트이다.ヴィトルト・マウツジンスキ(Witold Małcużyński, 1914年8月10日 ワルシャワ近郊コジチン(英語版、ポーランド語版) – 1977年7月17日 マヨルカ島パルマ)はポーランドのピアニスト。Witold Małcużyński — laureat III nagrody III Międzynarodowego Konkursu Pianistycznego im. Fryderyka Chopina w Warszawie (1937).…

Chopin: Waltz in C sharp minor Op. 64 No. 2 – Witold Malcuzynski, 1955 — davidhertzberg

Because so many schools are still doing distance learning this fall, parents and teachers are turning to online music resources to help supplement the education of their students. The following tips and resources will help teachers and parents integrate more music technology into their students lives.  Tips and Resources for Music Teachers  Tips If you […]

Music Technology Tips for Parents and Teachers — mister a music place

New songwriters can be forgiven for thinking that there must be a right way and a wrong way to assemble a song. When we talk about songwriting process, there tends to be a belief that you should start with a certain element of a song (the lyrics, or the chords, or perhaps the melody) and…

Does It Matter In What Order Your Song Comes Together? — The Essential Secrets of Songwriting

The 1960s hit song “I Heard It Through the Grapevine“, written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, was a Motown hit for several groups. Gladys Knight & the Pips released it in 1967, and it went to number 1 on the R&B Singles chart. You’re probably more familiar with the Marvin Gaye version, released in…

The Secret Power of the Melody: “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” — The Essential Secrets of Songwriting

I like what Beethoven said: good music should always have beauty and surprise. That’s a powerful combination when it’s understood and balanced. I would say my music is 20% music for music’s sake, and 80% music for listener’s emotional and psychological enlivenment.

“I would say my music is 20% music for music’s sake, and 80% music for listener’s emotional and psychological enlivenment” — The Cross-Eyed Pianist

By creative chords, I mean any progressions that stray from the typical 3- or 4-chord changes that strongly reinforce the key your song is in. Standard progressions are the most common ones you’ll find in most of the pop genres, like: I-IV-V-I (C-F-G-C) I-ii-V-I (C-Dm-G-C) I-vi-IV-I (C-Am-F-C) I-vi-V-I (C-Am-G-C) There are more to add to…

The Power of Creative Chord Changes — The Essential Secrets of Songwriting

I’ve always felt that the first step to keeping your songwriting output from fizzling is to have a well organized, tidy workspace. I don’t want to present myself as the model for this: I try, but like most people, my workspace can get a bit out of control. If you think it’s time to put…

A First Step to Keeping Your Songwriting Output From Fizzling — The Essential Secrets of Songwriting

Pompeusement (0:00)Allegrement (1:08)Gayment (2:33)Gratieusement (3:08)Vite (5:50)Leonard Hokanson (August 13, 1931 – March 21, 2003) was an American pianist who achieved prominence in Europe as a soloist and chamber musician. Born in Vinalhaven, Maine, he attended Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts and Bennington College in Vermont, where he received a master of arts degree with a…

Telemann: Double Fantasia in B minor for Harpsichord – Leonard Hokanson, 1965 – Philips PHC 9061 — davidhertzberg

Spectral Sounds: The Real World in the Symphony, Part I Friday, 03/26/2021-, 07:30 pm-10:30 pm Website Cost: FREE Can you hear the birds chirping? We’re introducing a new series of streamed performances, curated by Horn Fellow Scott Leger and paired with an interactive online concert museum, that allows the audience to engage with music and […]

Spectral Sounds: The Real World in the Symphony, Part I 3/26/21 — The Soul Of Miami

EMMY award-winner and 3-time BAFTA nominated composer Inon Zur (‘Fallout’, ‘Dragon Age’, ‘Prince of Persia’) is scoring ‘STARFIELD’, the first new universe in 25 years from Bethesda Game Studios, the award-winning creators of ‘The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’ and ‘Fallout 4’. Set hundreds of years in our future, STARFIELD is an epic about hope, our shared humanity, and answering […]

Soundtrack News: Composer Inon Zur to score ‘Starfield’ video game — Film Music Central

1/16/18: Young Russian guitarist Alexandr Misko is a fingerstyle master, creating arrangements that feel so lush and full, you can’t believe it’s all created by a single guitarist. Fingerstyle or fingerpicking is what they call playing the guitar by plucking or striking the strings directly with the fingertips, fingernails, or picks attached to fingers, as […]

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