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Tag Archives: virtuosity
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?
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.
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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- “How Meta Can We Get? Ironic Self-Reflexivity in the Twitter Feeds of Classical Music Nerds” – Alex Ross. This and much more here – #FakeAMS
- Friend of the show David Smooke wants to know what you think about the role of music theory in 21st century music departments.
- Colin Holter discusses the connection between new modes of production and the new products that result as well as the severe helicopter shortage plaguing college music programs.
- The eighth blackbird blog ponders how hard music that sounds easy is harder to enjoy – WARNING CELLISTS – “…10ths are the new octave…”
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.