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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 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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SoundNotion 38: Ovation Inflation

This week the panel grooves on Steven Mackey’s It Is Time, how virtuosity can lead to a bland performance, music theory and helicopter shortages in college music programs and the best fake musicology papers Twitter can muster.


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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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