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The growing composer (Links and Resources for the beggining and self taught composer)

I am creating this thread mainly for fellow composer Tristan, but I feel that these link can benefit any motivated composer who is just starting out or is completely self-taught and would like to resources to better their classical concert writing abilities.

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Music Theory Links:

http://www.musictheory.net/

Has ear training, music theory lessons, and music tools including a Matrix calculator

 

http://www.musictheoryminute.com/index.htm

Bit size music theory lessons, just in case you need a refresher

 

http://www.8notes.com/theory/

more of the same music theory lessons but the site itself has a lot to offer.

Orchestration Links:

 

http://www.music.indiana.edu/department/composition/isfee/

Probably the most valuable link on this page. Doesnt just explain each instrument and what they can do, but provides video of talented performers playing the music so that you can hear it yourself.

 

http://www.mti.dmu.ac.uk/~ahugill/manual/intro.html

great simple guide to orchestration. Gives you all the basics to build upon.

 

http://www.lunanova.org/CelloET/index.html

Great for extended techniques for Cello, includes videos and images of the music.

 

http://www.sfz.se/flutetech/

Decent site for flute extended techniques, has notation examples that include sound clips

VERY helpful videos and documentaries on Music:

http://www.youtube.com/user/Lypur#p/u

Fantastic Piano player, and a great teacher of music theory as well as piano lessons

 

http://video.pbs.org/program/1295137935/

Michael Tilson Thomas and the musicians of the San Francisco Symphony take viewers on a journey revealing classical music's universal connections to the human spirit.

Explore the music and compelling stories of composers including Gustav Mahler, Hector Berlioz, Charles Ives, Dmitri Shostakovich, Ludwig van Beethoven, Igor Stravinsky and Aaron Copland.

 

http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/tocar_y_luchar_to_play_and_to_...

To Play and To Fight presents the captivating story of the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra System - an incredible network of hundreds of orchestras formed within most of Venezuela’s towns and villages. Once a modest program designed to expose rural children to the wonders of music, the system has become one of the most important and beautiful social phenomena in modern history. The documentary portrays the inspirational stories of world class musicians trained by the Venezuelan system, including the Berlin Philharmonic’s youngest player Edicson Ruiz and world renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel. With interviews with many of the world’s most celebrated musicians including the great tenor Placido Domingo, Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle, Guiseppe Sinopoli, and Eduardo Mata, To Play and To Fight is an inspirational story of courage, determination, ambition, and love showing us that… only those who dream can achieve the impossible.

 

http://www.classicaltv.com/

Performances and Documentaries for your viewing pleasure

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnbOWi6f_IM
In this film composer Howard Goodall looks at melody's basic elements. Why are some melodic shapes common to all cultures across the world? Can successful melodies be written at random? If not, what are the familiar melodic patterns composers of all types of music have fallen back on again and again, and why do they work?

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_jEkNiYFNc&feature=related

Why do some rhythms make us want to dance, while others make us feel tranquil? How does rhythm 'work' when there is no obvious pulse, as in much classical music? What links African drumming to J S Bach? Why do virtually all popular singers sing ahead of the beat?

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTUXKWnHH-g&feature=related

Chords led to chord progressions, and Howard looks at how familiar patterns of chord progressions give all kinds of music from classical to popular their sense of forward movement. Why do the same chord patterns appear again and again, from Renaissance Italy to the latest chart hit?

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81N_fMNVFzw&feature=related

Music is usually broken down into melody, rhythm and harmony. But what about the very lowest notes in music, that can have an impact on all three? In this film Howard looks at the abiding fascination musicians and composers have had with the bass.

Thanks for that! Certainly will be very helpful!

These are excellent links. I would like to add one more. You can find free music sheets from Beethoven and many other composers.   The music is public domain while others have a Creative Commons licence.

http://www.mutopiaproject.org/

Great resources! I would add IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library which is up to almost 100,000 scores available for study. Lots of public domain recordings as well.

http://imslp.org/wiki/

I know of that site, great resource for score study.

Blake Ewing said:

Great resources! I would add IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library which is up to almost 100,000 scores available for study. Lots of public domain recordings as well.

http://imslp.org/wiki/

Thanks for the link! I found the site to be very good.   :)

I would add one small caveat that some of the scores might not be in public domain.

Blake Ewing said:

Great resources! I would add IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library which is up to almost 100,000 scores available for study. Lots of public domain recordings as well.

http://imslp.org/wiki/

http://www.bridgetomusic.com/

If you are looking for music schools in the States, or music lessons, music festivals, workshops, or would like to promote your own. Here's a great place to start.

Wow! This is a lot of stuff to go through, will keep me busy for awhile.

I came across a link that seems promising, but I have not yet begun to look through much of it: A Practical Guide to Musical Composition
Great links, thank you!

Tyler Hughes said:

VERY helpful videos and documentaries on Music:

http://www.youtube.com/user/Lypur#p/u

Fantastic Piano player, and a great teacher of music theory as well as piano lessons

 

http://video.pbs.org/program/1295137935/

Michael Tilson Thomas and the musicians of the San Francisco Symphony take viewers on a journey revealing classical music's universal connections to the human spirit.

Explore the music and compelling stories of composers including Gustav Mahler, Hector Berlioz, Charles Ives, Dmitri Shostakovich, Ludwig van Beethoven, Igor Stravinsky and Aaron Copland.

 

http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/tocar_y_luchar_to_play_and_to_...

To Play and To Fight presents the captivating story of the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra System - an incredible network of hundreds of orchestras formed within most of Venezuela’s towns and villages. Once a modest program designed to expose rural children to the wonders of music, the system has become one of the most important and beautiful social phenomena in modern history. The documentary portrays the inspirational stories of world class musicians trained by the Venezuelan system, including the Berlin Philharmonic’s youngest player Edicson Ruiz and world renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel. With interviews with many of the world’s most celebrated musicians including the great tenor Placido Domingo, Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle, Guiseppe Sinopoli, and Eduardo Mata, To Play and To Fight is an inspirational story of courage, determination, ambition, and love showing us that… only those who dream can achieve the impossible.

 

http://www.classicaltv.com/

Performances and Documentaries for your viewing pleasure

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnbOWi6f_IM
In this film composer Howard Goodall looks at melody's basic elements. Why are some melodic shapes common to all cultures across the world? Can successful melodies be written at random? If not, what are the familiar melodic patterns composers of all types of music have fallen back on again and again, and why do they work?

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_jEkNiYFNc&feature=related

Why do some rhythms make us want to dance, while others make us feel tranquil? How does rhythm 'work' when there is no obvious pulse, as in much classical music? What links African drumming to J S Bach? Why do virtually all popular singers sing ahead of the beat?

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTUXKWnHH-g&feature=related

Chords led to chord progressions, and Howard looks at how familiar patterns of chord progressions give all kinds of music from classical to popular their sense of forward movement. Why do the same chord patterns appear again and again, from Renaissance Italy to the latest chart hit?

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81N_fMNVFzw&feature=related

Music is usually broken down into melody, rhythm and harmony. But what about the very lowest notes in music, that can have an impact on all three? In this film Howard looks at the abiding fascination musicians and composers have had with the bass.

GREAT thread. This will do me wonders! Thanks!

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