Director of Recording Arts and Sciences Scott Metcalfe will release a book titled Creating Sounds from Scratch: A Practical Guide to Music Synthesis for Producers and Composers on February 2.
I didn’t warn my students they’d be composing. I was pretty sure they’d feel intimidated, so I simply asked them for favorite holiday phrases. When they asked why, I said, “You’ll see.” And once they heard the glimmer of a secret, they were hooked. Here’s what we did. STEP 1 “Think of one or two…
Zachary Gulaboff Davis, doctoral student studying with faculty artist Michael Hersch, won Chamber Music Amici’s 2016 Composition Competition with his composition Piano Trio #1. He received a $1,000 commission for the world premiere of his new work, Piano Quintet No.1, by Chamber Music Amici in Oregon in August of 2017.
Over the course of my teaching career, I have had my students do a variety of things under the guise of creating or composing music. Too often, I have expected them to go further with composing than than I had prepared them to go. Part of the the problem for me was that I confused exploration, improvisation, […]
I wrote a short piece for today’s post, scored for flute and piano.I based it on the arpeggiated chords presented in my Post-Tonal Harmony Ideas (1) post. Those chords were constructed by superimposing different harmonic structures found in tonal music, such as an F# major triad and C major triad, a combination used by Stravinsky…
Passions of Spirit
Incarnate their Essence,
An Alchemy of Sound.
A Waltz of Beauty Ensues,
A Moment’s Rapture,
Stirs the Dancers’ Delight!
It is Romance of the Night.
I have composed a passi0nate
Waltz for String Orchestra.
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This video accompanies the lesson on how to compose a minor pentatonic piece here http://blog.mymusictheory.com/2014/ho…
A pentatonic piece is built on just five different notes. A minor pentatonic scale uses the notes D, F, G, A and C (or those notes transposed to another key), and the keynote is D.
It’s really simple to compose a piece based on the minor pentatonic scale, because all the notes blend together harmoniously. It doesn’t matter which note of the minor pentatonic scale you write against another, it will always sound pleasant, with no harsh clashes or dissonances.
To make an effective pentatonic composition, use a nice combination of instruments and focus on using a variety of rhythms. Use cross rhythms (syncopation) for an interesting effect.
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This is a discussion on Bach’s method of musical composition. Classical music isn’t just another style, or “period” of music. What is shown in this video (full video found: http://larouchepac.com/node/24707 ), is that Bach learned a method based on the scientific discoveries of Johannes Kepler (found: http://larouchepac.com/narrowpath, and http://schillerinstitute.com/music/re… Introduction-).
Just to be provocative, compare what you hear in this preliminary discussion to the “philosophers” of modern composition, like Theodore Adorno, who wrote in “The Philosophy of Modern Music”, “What radical music perceives is the untransfigured suffering of man…. The seismographic registration of traumatic shock becomes, at the same time, the technical structural law of music. It forbids continuity and development. Musical language is polarized according to its extreme; towards gestures of shock resembling bodily convulsions on the one hand, and on the other towards a crystalline standstill of a human being whom anxiety causes to freeze in her tracks…. Modern music sees absolute oblivion as its goal. It is the surviving message of despair from the shipwrecked.”
“It is not that schizophrenia is directly expressed therein; but the music imprints upon itself an attitude similar to that of the mentally ill. The individual brings about his own disintegration…. He imagines the fulfillment of the promise through magic, but nonetheless within the realm of immediate actuality…. Its concern is to dominate schizophrenic traits through the aesthetic consciousness. In so doing, it would hope to vindicate insanity as true health.”
What is meant by “radical music”? The composers like Arnold Schoenberg, Bertolt Brecht, George Gershwin, Atonalism, movie music, etc, etc.
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We sat down with Jörg Widmann to chat with him about his compositional process and asked him, “How would you describe your music?”
Most musicians make a career playing just one instrument, but Jörg Widmann is making his reputation as a virtuoso clarinetist AND a composer. Mr. Widmann is the featured guest artist and composer on 3 nights of chamber music with his friends Christian Tetzlaff, Tanja Tetzlaff, Alexander Lonquich and Cristina Barbuti. The repertoire represents Mr. Widmann’s wide range of interests and influences, from Mozart to Bartok and Messiaen, and of course, his own compositions.
Last together at 92Y to perform Beethoven’s violin sonata cycle, join these artists three nights of boldly contrasting chamber music: http://www.92y.org/Uptown/Concerts/Cl…