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Music is Hard 28: Theory

This week:
How does all that stuff we learned in school about music theory and analysis apply to the way we actually make music? How can we express our own analytical observations in performance and composition?

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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 16: Virtuosity (part 1)

This week:
Yeah, music is hard, but should it sound like it? Performers struggle technically, musically, cognitively, etc., but should the audience see or hear that struggle? Is anything lost or gained in hiding it? Inspired by an eighth blackbird blog post.

Links:
The Sing-Off on Hulu
“Should Music Sound Hard?” on the eighth blackbird blog

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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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Music is Hard 3: Creativity

This week:
Creativity. What does creativity even mean? When do you feel the most creative? How do you maintain that creativity? How do performers create?

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