Sunday, January 15, 2012

Happy January Birthdays!

Happy Birthday to John Luther Adams, David Lang, and Philip Glass!

Adams's "The Light Within"

An excerpt from Lang's Pulitzer-winning "The Little Match Girl Passion"

An excerpt from Glass's "Koyaanisqatsi"

Monday, January 9, 2012

Karl Paulnack's Welcome Address

A friend of mine recently passed this link on to me. I'm not sure when it's from, but it's a wonderful welcome address from Karl Paulnack, piano instructor at Boston Conservatory.

This address offers many compelling reminders of why music is a fundamental and necessary aspect of the human experience. Too often all of us (musicians included) fail to fully consider the importance of music in our lives.

One of my favorite quotes from the article is below:

"I have come to understand that music is not part of 'arts and entertainment' as the newspaper section would have us believe. It's not a luxury, a lavish thing that we fund from leftovers of our budgets, not a plaything or an amusement... Music is a basic need of human survival. Music is one of the ways we make sense of our lives, one of the ways in which we express feelings when we have no words, a way for us to understand things with our hearts when we can't with our minds."

To read the full address, click here. If you are a musician (and maybe even if you aren't) you will find it to be a therapeutic and empowering read!

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Melodramatic Musings

I'm currently working on a 10-15 minute chamber opera for a class at school. It's meant to be a learning experience, having the composer workshop an idea with the opera department over a period of only about six months (with the bulk of the writing happening in two to three months....ouch!). I can already say that I am learning a ton and am hugely enjoying the process, even if it is a bit stressful. But here's what I don't like: telling people about it.