Category: Music

  • Resources For Composers: Violin Pedagogy

    Here’s a list of the classics of violin pedagogy.

  • A busy week in jazz, and writing!

    I had a busy week in NYC seeing great jazz and then writing about it in a new blog that Nora Maynard and I are launching called cultured nyc. First off, I caught two nights of the legendary Barry Harris at the Village Vanguard. Then, I saw the amazing hard-bop sextet One For All at […]

  • Altered Scale Minor 3rd Transpositions

    A guitarist on the forum of Dave Stryker’s class at Artistworks recently asked an interesting question that really piqued my interest. The question is, can you transpose the altered scale in minor thirds, the same way you can transpose the diminished scale? I’ve been thinking for a while about how the diminished, altered, and whole-tone […]

  • NEUROLOGICALLY DIVERGENT – A Dramatic Recitiation

    Earlier this month, the Pulitzer prizes were announced. As stated by the Pulizter organization, the music prize is awarded For distinguished musical composition by an American that has had its first performance or recording in the United States during the year, Fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000). The music prize was first awarded in 1943 to William […]

  • Early Beethoven

    I’m only 21 pieces in so far, so I will need to pick up the pace to make it through all 194 pieces with opus number this year. Right now, I’m listening to the Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12 number 1, and just came across my first “favorite moment” in these […]

  • Was Brahms Quoting Beethoven?

    I was listening to the WQXR broadcast of the Vienna Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall last night. It was an all Brahms program: The Academic Festival Overture, The Haydn Variations, and the first symphony. I grabbed my trusty old Dover score and followed along for the performance of the symphony. I was not paying too close […]

  • Beethoven Listening Project

    Nothing like a new year to start a new project! One of mine for 2018 is to listen to all of the works of Ludwig van Beethoven, from start to finish. How would you like to join me? We’re just getting started with the Piano Trio in Eb Major, Op. 1 No. 1.

  • Dear Damien Chazelle

    “Jazz.” You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

  • Mondestrunken

    Just watched Moonlight, and, happily, it’s great. Need to watch it again on short order. Don’t know if composer Nicholas Britell truly had Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis in his ear as he wrote the score, but I had to listen to that piece right away on finishing the film. It […]