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Finding my American Voice

Hi Colleagues, Recently the phrase "Finding an American Voice" came up in a post Julie Harris put up about her excellent work "Shortnin' Br…

Started by Gav Brown

14 Apr 14
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How can I learn to write atonal music?

I want to ask the question that was suggested in another thread because I think it's important. The question is: How should an inexperience…

Started by Ingo Lee

67 Mar 30
Reply by Jerry Gerber

Which way you prefer for composing

1: Using FL studio or other software to compose directly. 2: Humming or playing with an instrument, then interpret into notation. 3: Writin…

Started by Xiang Li

6 Mar 11
Reply by Dave Dexter

A question on woodwind/brass doubling

Hey all, technical question time! I've always avoided writing parts for two strings of the same family because of phase issues caused by i…

Started by Dave Dexter

4 Mar 9
Reply by Dave Dexter

Transitions between parts

Hi there~ Right now I'm working on a winds quartet that has multiple movements and sections. But I find I struggle with writing transitions…

Started by Notori

3 Mar 7
Reply by Bob Morabito

Neo-Riemannian theory - an intriguing and practical harmonic visualization concept that I love and use

I don’t know if this is old news and everybody knows this already but find this super interesting and useful so I Share it: https://youtub…

Started by Timo Schuemer

0 Feb 23

Questions about polishing a score...

Regarding the nuances of proper notation, I have only learned a few things... I do know to always give wind instruments rests to breathe, a…

Started by MM Coston

18 Feb 15
Reply by Dave Dexter

composing 'technique'

What do you think... I'm having thoughts - (post doing some composing coaching) - about composing technique. Keeping in mind of course my f…

Started by Robert Harvey

22 Feb 13
Reply by Dave Dexter

Music that conveys a visual scene

Hello everyone, a couple questions. I would like to develop the skill of composing music that depicts or seems to suggest a visual scene or…

Started by LeviathaninWaves

10 Feb 8
Reply by LeviathaninWaves

Best textbooks for learning how to analyze Stravinsky/Webern/Berg type works?

What are the best textbooks for learning how to analyze Stravinsky/Webern/Berg type works?

Started by Carson

9 Feb 8
Reply by Dave Dexter

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