Tag Archives: saxophone

Music is Hard 53: Tools

This week:
This week, Avid made some startling announcements about Sibelius, one of the most popular software tools for composers. This got us thinking our relationships with our tools? What would we do if we woke up tomorrow and our tools no longer existed?

Link:
Rob Deemer: “Sharpen Your Quills!”

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Music is Hard 38: Scale

This week:
Tim provides anecdotal evidence of composers writing an increasing number of short works. Is this a trend that should concern us? What is the importance of scale to our perception of new works?

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Music is Hard 37: Premieres

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Just last week, Tim premiered a new work by Dave. How do composers and performers see the process of premiering a work differently? How is giving the first performance of a new work different from performing other works?

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Music is Hard 36: Conferences (part two)

This week:
This week, we recorded the show right before Tim heads to far-off Tempe, Arizona for the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference to premiere a new work by Dave. What’s the point of conferences? How do we take advantage of the opportunities they afford us?

Link:
NASA Biennial site

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Music is Hard 2: Influences

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Influences. What influences our music? How do we learn from what we listen to? How do we apply our learning to the music we make?

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