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Economy Goldberg

I shared with my former composition teacher C. Curtis-Smith a mutual fondness and admiration for Bach’s Goldberg Variations. After my studies with Curtis-Smith at Western Michigan University from 2001 to 2003, I decided to make what I thought would be … Continue reading

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Hymn Tune Composition: Color-Code Application

Two weekends ago, I spent a good part of my Saturday evening composing a new hymn tune at the request of my pastor. I had mentioned to him that if he came across a hymn that he felt needed a … Continue reading

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Jonathan Harvey Listening Spree

When I came to Cincinnati after my spring semester of teaching ended, I had two goals: to compose lots of music, and to make good use of the music library at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (where my wife is … Continue reading

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A Metric Notation Issue…

Okay, here’s a notation issue. Consider a musical passage that begins with a simple meter in which the quarter note gets the beat, then alternates regularly with a compound meter in which the subdivided beat is equivalent to the triplet … Continue reading

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A (Not-so) Simple Lesson from Tallis

In more than one composition lesson in recent weeks, I have brought up the same passage from Thomas Tallis’s anthem “Blessed Are Those That Be Undefiled.” The discussion on each occasion related to rhythmic aspects in my students’ compositions. I … Continue reading

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