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February 2013 Blog Posts (8)

What makes for a successful piece of music?

After reading Paul Hindemith's A Composer's World I came to believe that the composer's customer is the musician, and the musician's customer is the audience.

Since we may assume that the composer is herself first and foremost a musician, we can assume that she should know when a piece is in some way satisfying to play. The appropriate audience picks up on that, and the enterprise succeeds.

If she wants mostly to create something satisfying to play, she will keep at it…


Added by Spencer Doidge on February 28, 2013 at 2:09pm — 2 Comments

Art songs worth study





Added by Tyler Hughes on February 28, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Music History in 7 minutes Video

Ok, if you haven't seen this on youtube yet, you really have to! Plus, you get to refresh your memory on how music developed through time etc. You have to watch+listen to it! I think this guy rocks, the way he draw all those pictures. Of course there are so many more composers he could mention, but I think he did a rather good job. What do you think?

Here is the…


Added by Ursula Jasovec on February 22, 2013 at 12:27pm — 5 Comments

Music Joke

I don't know if you've heard of this one, but during a music analysis class today my friend read it and I have to share it. How funny do you find this joke?

A 'C', an E-flat, and a 'G' go into a bar. The bartender says: "Sorry, but we don't serve minors." So, the E-flat leaves, and the C and the G have an open fifth between them. After a few drinks, the fifth is diminished: the G is out flat. An F comes in and tries to augment the situation, but is not sharp…


Added by Ursula Jasovec on February 20, 2013 at 4:41pm — 6 Comments

Beautiful Glass Playing

Added by Gav Brown on February 18, 2013 at 7:06pm — 1 Comment

New Piano Music Podcast

I wanted you to know: my weekly podcast of my latest piano music is here on my page, in the sidebar to the left: New Piano Music Podcast. It's also on iTunes (search "new piano music podcast"), or you can paste this url into your podcast software:

Added by Jana Cole on February 17, 2013 at 9:57am — 2 Comments

Taking the fifth!

OK ... I HAVE to tackle this subject because I've found that it so often comes up in musical conversation and is massively misunderstood. The usage and avoidance of parallel fifths and parallel octaves

My idea is to try and get the basic understanding across of when we do and don't use these devices and most of the reasoning why. As it can be a bit of a touchy subject I had the article double-checked by two musicologists: Maria Antal and Yaiza Varona.…


Added by James Semple on February 14, 2013 at 7:17am — 7 Comments

Trailer Music For Alan Wake

Dear Forum Members,

check out my latest youtube-video. I've composed it for Alan Wake Trailer remake.
Please give me some feedback ;)

Added by Roland Mair-Gruber on February 2, 2013 at 6:10am — 1 Comment

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