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A Majestic Trill from Schumann

Take a look at that bass trill in measure 6 of the Sempre marcatissimo movement of Schumann’s Symphonic Etudes, op.13: This trill seems rather benign on the page. Schumann draws no special attention to it among the several other trills … 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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