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NOT “The Next Mozart!”

This is a special 54th birthday post – a bit of rumination over how I started as a composer, how I’ve seen other composers starting whom I’ve helped over the years, and how crucially important it is that we are all completely and totally ourselves no matter what our gifts may be. I was musically …


MOOOC Term 1 Lesson 2

The second lesson of the Massive Open Online Orchestration Course has now been posted on the main website’s MOOOC page: Violin/Piano Duo Scoring. With dozens of immortal works by the greatest concert composers, and a continuing presence in today’s concert, film, and crossover scoring, the violin/piano duo is powerful and intriguing genre. My latest lesson explores the realities of scoring, how to break down the basic elements, and build on the craft learned in the first lesson. Today’s lecture is preceded with some practical advice on how to connect with musicians who could read your score, an essential step forward in your training if you’ve only used sound libraries and DAW’s up to this point.

This latest video was a real challenge to make, but it contains a great deal of information intended to give you a solid foundation in a way that orchestration manuals usually don’t – and even possibly to open doors for you in building your career. It was also enormously fun, and makes me look forward to the next few lessons to come in unaccompanied cello and viola, plus piano trio and string trio. Even if you don’t yet have time to actively participate in the course with score-reading and scoring assignments, have a look at the video and think about how the approach to scoring might help in your current work.

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