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The right and left brain hemispheres in the musical creative process

Dear all,

The cognitive process that is required to start composing a piece has been always interested me. Reading from many sources I found that the composition process requires both parts of our brains, but sometimes, even for mature composers, this is not clear. I leave you a short article on the matter. Hope it might be useful. Criticism and new ideas are always welcome!…


Added by Gisela Paterno on March 10, 2020 at 5:22am — 3 Comments

the din and rabble of political chicanery (for brass quintet)

I have only recently become involved in the world of politics, and this work reflects many of my feelings about my…


Added by Bob Morabito on January 27, 2020 at 3:55pm — No Comments

The difficult balance between teaching and writing music

I believe the majority of us composers have faced this predicament: creating VS making a living.

Of course, one can not exist without the other. 

The sudden success of providing piano lessons

Soon after our graduation, we realize Steven Spielberg is not going to call us to get involved in a multi-billionaire production that could pay for our living expenses for the rest of our…


Added by Juan Rezzuto on January 26, 2020 at 11:23am — No Comments

for all Arabic/ Oriental music lovers

Starting 2020 with a big announcement for all oriental music lovers across the globe!

My book "Longa & Sama'i with piano accompaniment" is finally ready!

Chosen pieces from the wide Arabic classical repertoire, in addition to some works of contemporary Lebanese composers (9 longas and 9 Samai'), arranged for solo instrument and piano accompaniment (can be performed with piano and bass as trio as well), by the Lebanese composer Wajdi Abou Diab, with transposed/arranged part…


Added by Wajdi Abou Diab on January 20, 2020 at 5:05am — 1 Comment

Things I Learned in Music Composition #1 Sunday Scribble #8

Good Day Everyone!!

When I introduce myself to people, they invariably ask me, “What did you study in grad school?”. When I tell them I studied music composition the conversation inevitably turns to questions about what I do and how I make a living. These conversations eventually led me to think about what I learned while studying music composition, and how I could share my experience with people in a way that is meaningful and helpful.

This new blog series…


Added by Denzel Washington on October 16, 2019 at 9:44am — 4 Comments

Anatolia fuer Stimme

After Darmstadt 1996

Added by Ali Riza SARAL on September 28, 2019 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

Songs of Liberty



Gorgeous Freedom

by Aleksandr Blok (death 1921)

translation Ali Riza SARAL


I prefer the gorgeous freedom,

And I fly to lands of grace,

Where in wide and clear meadows

All is good, as dreams, and blest.


Here they rice: the clover clear,

And corn-flower's gentle…


Added by Ali Riza SARAL on September 24, 2019 at 3:11pm — No Comments

String Quartet V

This, my Fifth String Quartet, continues my exploration into writing music of a more contrapuntal nature.

This work is about 24 minutes in length and I very much…


Added by Bob Morabito on September 7, 2019 at 3:09pm — 2 Comments

Articles from New Music USA

One of the music sites I look at sometimes is the well-established New Music USA.  

In this blog post I'll mention two recent articles from that site which composers may find interesting.

JULIANA HALL: PULLED INTO THE POETS’ WORLD is an extensive interview with one of the most prominent…


Added by Jon Corelis on August 16, 2019 at 11:28am — No Comments

Brief review: A Medieval Songbook: Troubadour & Trouvere

A Medieval Songbook: Troubadour & Trouvere by Feltcher Collins, Jr. et al.  (University Press of Virginia, 1982) is a valuable resource for performers and listeners of medieval music.  

Although the phrase Medieval music is likely to suggest to the general listener Gregorian chant and the church music of such composers as Hildegard von Bingen, there also exists a considerable body of Medieval secular song, most notably by the Minnesingers of the…


Added by Jon Corelis on June 13, 2019 at 4:57pm — No Comments

piano variations/ a vision lost

Added by Bob Morabito on June 8, 2019 at 1:37pm — No Comments

Brief review: Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford's The Dancing Master, edited by Jeremy Barlow

Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford's The Dancing Master, edited by Jeremy Barlow (Faber Music 1986) may be of little interest to most people, but of the highest interest to those interested in its particular subject. Playford's Dancing Master was a collection of traditional songs with basic dance notation which went through numerous editions in the 17th and 18th centuries. It's usually described as a collection of English tunes, but many of them have origins…


Added by Jon Corelis on May 27, 2019 at 12:23pm — 2 Comments

Brief Review: The Great Walz

The Great Waltz is a classic "Hollywoodization" bio-pic, one which hardly pretends to be accurate, but which uses the life story of a historical character as a basis for atmosphere and entertainment. In this case the subject is "The Waltz King" Johann Strauss II, who was responsible for the craze for the dance that conquered Vienna and much of Europe in the mid 19th…

Added by Jon Corelis on April 25, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments

Brief review: Ancient Irish Airs and Dances

Ancient Irish Airs and Dances: 201 Classic Tunes Arranged for Piano by George Petrie (Dover, 2002)

One of the most important collections of traditional Irish tunes was George Petrie's Ancient Music of Ireland, put together in the mid-19th century. Petrie's work went through various editions and abridgments, including one giving 201 tunes from Petrie's original book in score arrangements for piano, without lyrics, published in 1877 by F.Hoffman, of which this Dover…


Added by Jon Corelis on April 24, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

Daws, Sound Libraries and Music Notation

I currently mostly use Sibelius notation software. For creating demos, these samples are not great. You can get plugins, but this is limited. What is a more effective/efficient way of creating demos?

So far the most promising thing I've found is Dorico, though I don't know much about that yet.

Perhaps there can be some compatibility between Cubase and a more sophisticated…


Added by Hugh Zachary Smart on April 7, 2019 at 12:43am — 2 Comments

Having connection to the Creative Pool.

There is so much to learn about how to abolish writer's block, to connect to the CP, and enjoying the artistic life without frustration because the development of a great idea is elusive. It's fantastic how kids can play for hours and stream creativity with or without friends. Somewhere along the trail of being human we lose some of the ease with which ideas flow. But, kids are all born with this ability and it is magnificent to watch and listen to the way they play. Artist struggle on so…


Added by Thomas Chase Jones on March 2, 2019 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

"Conversation with Composer Bob Morabito"

Hi, everyone--I hope the New Year is going really good for you and yours so far :)

If you have a chance, there's a blog post about my composing entitled "Conversation with Composer Bob Morabito" that you hopefully might find interesting:…


Added by Bob Morabito on January 12, 2019 at 7:31am — 3 Comments

chmbr wrk I : of the beholder

Added by Bob Morabito on December 27, 2018 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

Mingus Changes

"Reincarnation of a Lovebird," in section B, the changes go like this:

B-9  Eb13  G#7(#9) C#+7 F#m(M7)   (The piece is in F#m)

The first change is very strange. 

To see this in black and white, transpose to Am and the B-9 to Eb13 becomes:

D-9 to Gb13

First listen to it.  It works.  It seems to pivot on the E (Fb).   (D-7 is much weaker to my ear)

(You can even reduce the chords to D/F/E (R,3,9) to Fb/Bb/Eb (7,3,13) and it still works)

Gb13 is…


Added by Craig Lints on October 30, 2018 at 5:45am — No Comments

Hybrid Vol.1 - my debut album


Added by Sergey Kayber on October 28, 2018 at 11:39am — No Comments

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