Tag Archives: composition

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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Music is Hard 12: Notation

This week:
What role does notation play in the creative process? How can composers use it to their advantage? How do performers interpret it? Is notation a form of visual art? How do conventional notation, graphic notation, and augenmusik differ?

Link: Pat Muchmore on notation as art

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Music is Hard 10: Writer’s Block

This week:
What causes writer’s block? How do performers experience it? What can creative people do to get past it?

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Music is Hard 8: Collaboration

This week:
What kinds of collaboration are there? With whom can we collaborate? What are the benefits of collaboration?

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Music is Hard 4: Inspiration

This week:
Inspiration. What does inspiration even mean? The difference between inspiration and motivation What do you find inspiring? When do you feel the most inspired? How do you maintain that inspiration?

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