Morten Lauridsen: How to Write a Song

Morten Lauridsen: How to Write a Song
Posted by on Sep 25, 2014

Morten Lauridsen: How to Write a Song is a discussion of his famous composition “Dirait-On.” The music of Morten Lauridsen, Distinguished Professor of Composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and recipient 2007 National Medal of Arts….

Lauridsen uses French poetry as a launching point for “Dirait-on”. Being deeply immersed in the world of art can be a wonderful tool for inspiration in music composition. To see what Gabriel Kahane says about poetry and art click here.

Notice how he has used just one simple chord to create an entire song. This is a good exercise to take one simple idea and try to expand it into a realized composition.








Morten Lauridsen: Advice for Young Composers

Morten Lauridsen: Advice for Young Composers
Posted by on Sep 25, 2014

The music of Morten Lauridsen, Distinguished Professor of Composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and recipient 2007 National Medal of Arts….








Morten Lauridsen: Learning Orchestration

Morten Lauridsen: Learning Orchestration
Posted by on Sep 25, 2014

The music of Morten Lauridsen, Distinguished Professor of Composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and recipient 2007 National Medal of Arts….








Morten Lauridsen: Why Choral Composition?

Morten Lauridsen: Why Choral Composition?
Posted by on Sep 25, 2014

The music of Morten Lauridsen, Distinguished Professor of Composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and recipient 2007 National Medal of Arts….

Lauridsen reads poetry everyday and is inspired by its ability to elevate and enrich our lives. Composers are often inspired by other art forms. It can be a great launching point to take a piece of poetry or a painting and express musically what it means to you.

If you want to see how Morten Lauridsen takes a piece of poetry and turns it in music, check out his compositional lesson on his choral work “Dirait-on”… click here.








Morten Lauridsen: Challenges Learning Music

Morten Lauridsen: Challenges Learning Music
Posted by on Sep 24, 2014

The music of Morten Lauridsen, Distinguished Professor of Composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and recipient 2007 National Medal of Arts….