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Short films for film scoring

Short films for film scoring

Short films for film scoring Our collection of short films has been carefully selected to give our students and beginning professionals a chance to practice scoring superb films. Members of  MusicWiz.club now have permission to use these short films in the following ways: Write new scores for these films on their own, or in private […]

The Bounty of Sweden

The Bounty of Sweden

The Bounty of Sweden   Ever since Christopher Ricks published Dylan’s Vision of Sin (2004)—this from the famed critic of Keats and Tennyson—I knew the Nobel was in the works. In one of world culture’s more arch practical jokes, Dylan has received what Leo Tolstoy, Henry James, Marcel Proust, Wallace Stevens, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, […]

Composition Competition Success Stories

Composition Competition Success Stories

COMPOSITION COMPETITION SUCCESS STORIES:   Composition Competitions can be daunting, delightful, stressful, playful … it all depends on the competition!   What makes a successful composition competition, and what environments and incentives bring composers back again and again to enter another new piece? In this article, we will explore some of the positive aspects of composition […]

Valentine’s Day Concert 2016

Valentine’s Day Concert 2016

VALENTINE’S DAY CONCERT 2016: There are thousands of “love songs” I could have listened to today in my daily Listening Time.  After all, it’s the weekend of Valentine’s Day, and there is Rachmaninoff and Schubert and Liszt and Wagner and Puccini and Mahler  and Grieg and Elgar and …  the list goes on and on!   […]

Melody Writing for Students

Melody Writing for Students

  I usually teach my students that music contains the following elements: melody harmony rhythm timbre dynamics structure Sure this list can be discussed, but I’ve found it working. My simple definition of melody is “a bunch of single tones in a meaningful order”. Again, “meaningful order” is a subject of debate, but I usually […]

“Musical Words” as a thematic tool

“Musical Words” as a thematic tool

MUSICAL WORDS AS A THEMATIC TOOL: Open the toolbox of a 21st-century composer and you might find a myriad of styles, methods, and musical systems.  We’ve inherited the best of the past while developing exciting new trends.  These days composers have the freedom to use old or new, borrowed or blue, sweetly consonant or blatantly […]

Composition Competitions – Humor and Perspective

Composition Competitions – Humor and Perspective

COMPOSITION COMPETITIONS –HUMOR AND PERSPECTIVE:   Composition Competitions are rough.  There’s no doubt about it.  You’re putting your masterpiece out there, hoping that the judges can actually hear it and understand what you were trying to accomplish.  Sometimes they do understand your piece, and very often, for any number of reasons, they don’t.  Don’t despair.  […]

Crumb: A Little Suite for Christmas, A.D. 1979

CRUMB: A LITTLE SUITE FOR CHRISTMAS, A.D. 1979: Mysterious and other-worldly, George Crumb’s A Little Suite for Christmas, A.D. 1979 is one of those wonderful contemporary works that appeals to student composers, performers and audiences alike. Composed in early 1980 for pianist Lambert Orkis, the Little Suite was inspired by early 14th-century Nativity frescoes painted […]

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice – Three Centuries of Magic

THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE – THREE CENTURIES OF MAGIC: Mix together a captivating 18th century German lyric poem and a hefty helping of enchanting music written by a French composer at the end of the 19th century.  Add a delightful 20th century Walt Disney character from America and sprinkle with wide-eyed young children from all over […]

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