Every Good Boy Does Fine

Every Good Boy Does Fine
Posted by on Oct 11, 2014

“Every Good Boy Does Fine”  by MacArthur award winning pianist Jeremy Denk, who tells the story of his piano studies.

Two summers ago, I was playing concerts in Santa Fe, some five hours’ drive from where I grew up. Travel is more difficult for my parents than it used to be, but they made the trek to hear me. They brought along a strange gift—a black notebook with my name on the front, written in my best prepubescent cursive. It had been excavated from a closet and smelled faintly of mothballs. I’d forgotten it existed but recognized it instantly: my piano-lesson journal. Starting in 1981, when I was eleven, it sat on my music rack, so that I could consult, or pretend to consult, my teacher’s comments. Week after week, he wrote down what I’d played and how it went, and outlined the next week’s goals.

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Wagner And Film Music

Wagner And Film Music
Posted by on Aug 14, 2014
By Matthew Janszen

Music and Drama

Richard Wagner’s musical innovations and aesthetic decisions offered a new approach to opera while heralding the twentieth-century film score.  Wagner was not only a composer, but a dramatist with the goal of combining the arts into one balanced presentation.  He understood the need to connect with the audience on many artistic levels while effectively communicating a visual and aural performance.  He wanted to create a brand of stage realism that allowed the audience to share in his imaginative ideas and experience them as an imitation of real life (Carnegy 37).  Consequently, Wagner theorized and practiced new approaches in operatic form, musical language, and theatrical presentation that formed the fundamentals of music drama and the approach of the future film composer.








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