Music is Hard 17: Virtuosity (part 2)

This week:
We continue our discussion of virtuosity, this time examining it from a composer’s point of view. How do composers write music that is challenging but not impossible? Should we deliberately try to write hard music? Can composers be virtuosi (5 Italian grammar points!), or is that distinction only for performers? As last week, our discussion of virtuosity was inspired by an eighth blackbird blog post.

Links:
Steve Jobs: 1955 – 2011
“Should Music Sound Hard?” on the eighth blackbird blog

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