Here is the 2nd movement to my first piano sonata. I am trying to finish up this piano sonata soon, because I have put off the last movements for far too long. Gotta keep on keepin’ on.
Here is another 30 minute composition. This is written in 5/8 time, so there is a constant “incomplete” feeling most of the time… but I kind of like that. As far as composing for 30 minutes, I made it to about bar 24. That is pretty much the exposition for a piece that ended up […]
Enjoy this little ditty. I arranged this back in college, and I always wanted to take it caroling. I once went caroling using a caroling book from the high school band. Needless to say, the arrangements were not very good. Here is my take on an old classic. Sleigh Ride Arranged by Jon Brantingham for […]
In today’s modern world, composers are not the rock stars they used to be. At Beethoven’s funeral, it was estimated that 20,000 people showed up. So this leaves the composers of today with fewer chances for fame and fortune. What options do you have for making a living as a composer? There are a few, […]
Well… maybe I am just following his. I stumbled across this little ditty on youtube. Is someone doing a little 30 minute composing session… I like to think so.
Prelude in E major was finished in about 26 minutes. I made some slight changes after entering it into Sibelius.
Feeling down about your last composition? Don’t feel like you are worth anything? The answer is not going to be found in composing…
I received this letter today from a reader of the blog named Wes Bain. It was meant to be a comment to an article I wrote entitled, “Composing Music by Hand vs Software“, but. I found this to be very interesting reading. He’s currently triple majoring (I don’t know how you could have the energy for […]
In my last post, I talked about how I was going to get back into composing short pieces in 30 minutes or less. So here, I am putting my money where my mouth is. This was composed 10 December, in 29 minutes and 50 seconds exactly. Prelude in Eb Major For this piece I was […]
Have you ever thought about the effect of key signatures on your composing? Does it matter what key signature you compose in, or can you just transpose after the fact and thats that? Key Signatures as Souls Paolo Pietropaolo seems to think that’s not the case. He has put together a very fascinating series on […]
It has been a while since I wrote a post. The main reason being burnout. What’s this you say! Burnout! But I thought you always had passion for composing classical music? Yes it is true. I have noticed a trend in my own approach to hobbies, especially music. It goes something like this: Start to […]
This would be a great exercise in improvising. Learn how to improvise a canon.
Voice leading is important. There is no doubt about it. But why? Why should we spend the time to become familiar with this seemingly unconnected side of theory? How many people have come out of college music courses, taking several semesters of elementary harmony and voice leading, but have been unable to use it effectively […]
A New Beginning… Every once and a while, I sit back an try to examine who I am as a composer. Some of the questions I may ask myself are: Am I creating music that is meaningful? Will anyone want to listen to my music when I am gone? What is the missing ingredient? For […]
I love the opening to the Gradus by Johann Fux. Josephus: I come to you, venerable master, in order to be introduced to the rules and principles of music. Aloysius: You want, then, to learn the art of composition? Josephus: Yes. [tweetherder text=”Maybe we can all use a dose of humility when it comes to […]
Your best piece is your next one. Never stop.
What is it that is getting in the way of your creativity? Is it something insurmountable, or is it really your bad habits and composing process? In this article, we are going to examine writer’s block, and what we can do about it. Self-Analysis When we sit down to compose, and nothing great happens, what […]
Are you having trouble finishing your compositions? Do you get a few bars in, and then an hour later realize you haven’t really accomplished anything? You may have a problem. You may be suffering from… cant-get-away-itis. Sounds like The Two Week Phrase Seriously though, there is something about being able to escape that is important […]
Check out my new free classical music page. It’s a great resource for beefing up your classical music library.
Who are you composing for? Are you writing for virtuosos? Is Lang Lang in your sites? I am going to make a recommendation. You should be composing with only one performer in mind. That is the person who will most likely play your music. Is your piece even playable? “Play me one of you […]
Are you a music snob? If you don’t find at least one thing good about each composition you listen to… you may be a music snob.
Learn to finish your musical compositions and then move on without worrying about them. You will start to improve your skills and more importantly, will become more professional and goal oriented in your composing.
Everyday, each one of us faces about 10,375,238 things to do. You have to exercise, feed the cat, make breakfast, shower, brush your teeth, go to work, take the car to the shop, buy a new pair of shoes, etc… So it is as a composer, you probably feel the need, as I do, that […]
I will finish every composition that I start (except the 9th Symphony. In fact, just stop at the 8th). I will not bask in the glory of my finished composition – that is what amateurs do. I am a professional. I will find something good in every composition I listen to. All composers have something […]
I thought I’d post about my own composing activities, which is something that I haven’t done a whole lot. Composing is a funny thing sometimes, because what you plan out, isn’t always what you end up finishing with. I’ll talk a little more about that when I get to my Piano Trio (still in progress […]
Composing shouldn’t just be something you do, it should be a habit. What do I mean by habit? Habits don’t have to be just bad, they can and are good things. You just need to know what makes them work, and how you can affect them. What is a Habit? In my last post, I […]
Recently I have been having a change of mindset towards the way I approach life in general. This is really stemming from two books that I am reading. The first book, The War of Art by Steven Pressfield, is making me relook what it means to be truly dedicated to something, and specifically what it […]
So recently I have not been posting much. Hopefully you have noticed this, as that means you are a regular visitor. None the less, I would like to talk about it because I think there are ways to always be learning in life and this is one of them. A Hub for Learning Music Composition […]
Here are a few new compositions I’ve done this month. Last month, I was out of the loop, so I am trying to get back into it with a passion.
The Frustration of Learning Counterpoint This article talks about: My frustrations with learning counterpoint on my own from books Some facts and assumptions about learning counterpoint My first counterpoint lesson (hint: it involves your input to make it work) If you want to skip to the first lesson, just scroll to the bottom of the […]