Chester Englander: Musical Mentors

Chester Englander: Musical Mentors
Posted by on Sep 25, 2014

Praised by The New York Times for the “brilliant clarity” of his performance of the solo cimbalom part for John Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary, Chester Englander is an active percussionist and cimbalom player in Los Angeles. http://www.chesterenglander.com/








Nico Muhly: Advice for Young Composers

Nico Muhly: Advice for Young Composers
Posted by on Sep 25, 2014

Nico Muhly: Advice for Young Composers.  Nico has composed a wide scope of work for ensembles, soloists and organizations including the American Ballet Theater, American Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony, percussionist Colin Currie, countertenor Iestyn Davies, pianist Simone Dinnerstein, violinist Hilary Hahn, Gotham Chamber Opera, designer-illustrator Maira Kalman, choreographer Benjamin Millepied, Music-Theatre Group, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Paris Opéra Ballet, soprano Jessica Rivera, The Royal Ballet, Saint Thomas Church in New York City, Seattle Symphony, and artist Conrad Shawcross. http://nicomuhly.com/








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.








Classical composer Nico Muhly: Advice on Frustration

Classical composer Nico Muhly: Advice on Frustration
Posted by on Sep 25, 2014

Classical composer,Nico Muhly has written a wide scope of work for ensembles, soloists and organizations including the American Ballet Theater, American Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony, percussionist Colin Currie, countertenor Iestyn Davies, pianist Simone Dinnerstein, violinist Hilary Hahn, Gotham Chamber Opera, designer-illustrator Maira Kalman, choreographer Benjamin Millepied, Music-Theatre Group, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Paris Opéra Ballet, soprano Jessica Rivera, The Royal Ballet, Saint Thomas Church in New York City, Seattle Symphony, and artist Conrad Shawcross. http://nicomuhly.com/








Chester Englander: Young Musician Questions

Chester Englander: Young Musician Questions
Posted by on Sep 25, 2014

Praised by The New York Times for the “brilliant clarity” of his performance of the solo cimbalom part for John Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary, Chester Englander is an active percussionist and cimbalom player in Los Angeles. http://www.chesterenglander.com/








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….