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Become a music composer in 3 steps

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If you want to learn how to compose music, the first thing you need to do is making clear to yourself that you are just a beginner. Check also this post about a job of a composer. Please do not bother yourself with a burden that’s too heavy. It is not the job of a composer to create a masterpiece, but to piece a master together. A fantastic help in the process of learning to compose music is following a 3-phase system of learning: 1. Music Grammar: First you must get a solid grasp of the basics. 2. Music Logic: You need to master how to...

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Becoming a music composer 101. What Do Composers Do?

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Composer usually write authentic musical compositions which may be performed, e.g. in concerts, by the composers themselves or by other performing artists. The composers’ musical compositions can be used to serve various purposes. The can, for example, be performed in concert halls by musicians for live audiences, or used in studio productions. There are also composers who create authentic compositions to be used in films, live television shows, or for animation productions. Very often, when writing musical compositions, composers are...

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The Berlin Philharmonic Back in Salzburg

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The Berlin Philharmonic made its annual appearance in Salzburg with an exciting program comprising three concerts and one opera. The emphasis this year was on the British composer, Benjamin Britten. His opera, Peter Grimes, is a gloomy saga about the proud, self-willed fisherman. It is his uncompromising independence and unwillingness to accept any help, that brings Peter Grimes to disaster and suicide. Director Sir Trevor Nunn and designer John Gunter filled the stage of the Grosses Festspielhaus with Brugellian bleak true-to-life sets...

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The Washington Opera

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The Washington Opera

Although in its current season the Washington Opera will be giving 80 performances of eight operas, the beginnings of this impressive company were humble. In fact, the first formal performance of the company in 1957 took place in an auditorium in one of Washington’s universities, and rehearsals had to be held in New York.   During the recent season, I attended performances of Don Carlos and The Marriage of Figaro. Don Carlos is one of Verdi’s richest operas, which confronts issues of religious, political and personal...

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NEW VOICES @ CUA – The 2014 Festival of New Vocal Music

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New Voices @ CUA is a phenomenal festival of new vocal music, music that was just written for the human voice. In January 2014, the fourth edition took place showcasing chamber music, art song, sacred music, and cabaret. The festival was a 2-day event at The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, DC. See also this New Voices @ CUA 2013 video (I Pray for Them): On January 24 & 25, 2014, UCA’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music (SCI Chapter) hosted the two-day festival of new vocal music in Washington, D.C. This fourth...

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Kennedy Center Concert

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Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony featured at Washington Performing Arts Concert CUA’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music is actually the only university to participate in this concert which is presented by WPA (Washington Performing Arts) that will celebrate the organization’s 50th anniversary. The unique concert, which will also include new work from Esa-Pekka Salonen, the great Finnish composer and orchestral conductor, is actually the first collaboration ever of WPA and the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, says the school’s dean...

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Ultimate Personal Soundtrack For Daddy Mourning

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Ultimate Personal Soundtrack For Daddy Mourning

1. I’ll Fly Away – Jars of Clay with Sarah Kelly: When I was in preschool, my dad sang with the gospel group at church. This is one of the songs they sang. 2. Sweet Child o’ Mine – Sheryl Crow – I made a slideshow of family photos to tell Dad I was pregnant with Bob. This played in the background. The video ended with “I told you it was going to be a good year.” Yes, yes, I’d like to throw up at that irony too. 3. Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters – Indigo Girls (Link goes to a version by Heart): Back in the day, there was a...

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Overpaid profession, overrated musician-My 5 series

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I recently joined a community of people who prepare for the GED exam  ( I write questions for their online classes). Somebody suggested this funny game to answer these 5 questions. What’s a profession you believe to be overpaid? Who’s a musician you believe to be overrated? What in your life could stand to be overhauled? What’s something interesting you recently overheard? Who is the most overextended person you know? Generally, anybody who works less than me but gets paid more. I work solidly for 10 hours a day, don’t really take any breaks...

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So what do you think is music? Is it this?

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Well, technically it is, so you’re right.  However, what I want to focus on is not the notes on the page but the tunnel it creates. That seemingly infinite number of possibilities of what music can be.  The reason I’d like to keep this open “definition” of music is the minute you define what music is – is exactly when you define also what it is not. Since art is about expression, I firmly believe that art in all it’s forms should be inclusive.  If you set limits, you may have the benefit of weeding out some weaker forms, but also you exclude...

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Alternate Career Barrier: Where are the Bridges?

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What is the primary barrier to entry to alternate careers for musicians? Usually used in business parlance, a barrier to entry is an obstacle in the path of a firm wanting to enter a given market. Actually, barriers to entry are all around us. They exist in music to ensure that only qualified individuals obtain licenses to practice, when they are obviously forces for good. You see them used in the dirty world of real politics, where they may be forces for nastiness; witness the barriers to entry to the U.S that the Mexicans are experiencing...

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T in the Park 2016

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T in the Park 2016 What a day yesterday was. Of course, I was at T In The Park 2016. After the craziest mix up regarding tickets I could even imagine, I finally made it. A few months ago I bought two Saturday and two Sunday tickets for the best music festival in the world. The reasoning behind this was that I wasn’t sure if we’d be able to go for the full weekend due to money and work stuff, so I figured I’d just buy two lots of day tickets for myself and the boyfriend and if we had to, we could sell the Sunday tickets to some friends. Did it...

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Please Don’t Stop The Music

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Please Don’t Stop The Music

Being the anti-social, home always, hard to make have fun type of person that I am, I decided to get out this weekend. On Saturday, it was the Honda Battle of The Bands and like a lot of people from my school and State, I decided that I too would go. For more reasons than just to see the band. Any way, it was pretty ace if you ask me. Being a band geek, I’ve only been apart of a show, so it was nice to “see” a band than playing in one. It’s a lot different, and of course less tiring and painful (except than for composing music). Even though I...

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