Classical Contemporary Composer Nico Muhly talks about his Juilliard Composition Teachers Christopher Rouse and John Corigliano

Classical Contemporary Composer Nico Muhly talks about his Juilliard Composition Teachers Christopher Rouse and John Corigliano
Posted by on Dec 15, 2014

Nico Muhly, classical contemporary composer has composed a wide scope of work for ensembles, soloists and organizations including the Metropolitan Opera, English National Opera, 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/