Writing Music Like Mozart

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[Classmates, if you want to hear my final project and see the submitted score, please scroll down to the bottom of this article.]

For the past six weeks I have been taking a Coursera class called, “Writing Music Like Mozart”. I’ll not bore non-music theorists with the details of what was covered, but I do want to address certain people in this world. Continue reading

The Sad Little Princess

I composed this short piano solo with a particular student in mind. It is in the musical form of a rondo (A – B – A – C – A). I’ve done some reevaluating of my style and how I go about things and this is the result. If you’d like to listen to this two-minute piece just click the play button immediately below.

 

If anyone wants the score in PDF format, let me know. I’ve given it to a couple people so I had to rush out this recording for reference on how I think it should be played.

The Composer Arranger 04

It’s almost like A Tale of Two Cities. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times . . .” — Charles Dickens. There was confusion, and then there was clarity.

OK. The Composer/Arranger is a difficult book which to my eye is for what I’d call an advanced educated musician (or I am rather stunted). But where the opening of the book changed topics and perspectives at rapid pace, here in the ensuing pages about melody while the author makes frequent references to clarification in later parts of the book he does stay on point. And they are very good points indeed.

Let’s talk about melody, and in the larger sense talk about creative construction in general. Continue reading

Julve Sings Again

JulveThis is a lovely little instrumental. Jan Antonie Baars from the Netherlands is on guitar and I am playing the bass part. We met online while I was living in Thailand through our MySpace musician pages. We were e-mailing back and forth with chord ideas for a song and were taking our sweet time about it over a couple months while getting to know each other more than anything else. Meanwhile I was listening to his music and he was listening to mine.

(The Telesforo Julve pictured on the left is likely the same model the song was named after and performed on.)

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