Category: Composition

Notation Checklist: Professional Quality Music Scores

NOTATION CHECKLIST – PROFESSIONAL QUALITY SCORES: The above picture is tongue in cheek – how NOT to write a legible score!!! Just when you think your new piece is finished, that’s the time when editing begins!   This checklist will help you ensure a professional quality score.  The more you incorporate these items into your pieces […]

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 clarinet – a star of many musical genres

THE CLARINET – A STAR OF MANY MUSICAL GENRES Let’s take a look at an instrument that is at once hot, cool, sleek, sassy, sophisticated.   It’s a master of classical music, and a star of jazz.  It’s at home with swing, the blues, or the symphony orchestra.   It has three distinct registers, each of which […]

Circle of Fifths

The Circle of Fifths is a wonderful tool for beginners in theory as well as for the most advanced composers!  Here are some of the many things you can learn from the Circle of Fifths: Key Signatures Relative minor and major keys Chord Progressions I – IV – V in any key Dominant Substitutions Advanced […]

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