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Borrowing from literature's hero myth has been a fruitful way for composing since Beethoven's time. Here are some different ways to think about it.

Using literature’s hero myth as a blueprint for music

Bor­row­ing from literature’s hero myth has been a fruit­ful way for com­pos­ing since Beethoven’s time. Here are some dif­fer­ent ways to think about it.

With the huge down­turn in the econ­omy over the last year, the stock mar­ket is on everyone’s mind. It’s a funny busi­ness because of all the euphemisms. One hears talk...

What the stock market says about creative evolution

With the huge down­turn in the econ­omy over the last year, the stock mar­ket is on everyone’s mind. It’s a funny busi­ness because of all the euphemisms. One hears talk…

I write music, and I also write about music. So this quote from singer-songwriter Andrew Bird has some res­o­nance for me: Ulti­mately, I think that writ­ing about music is a delib­er­ate...

Creating music | Writing about music

I write music, and I also write about music. So this quote from singer-songwriter Andrew Bird has some res­o­nance for me: Ulti­mately, I think that writ­ing about music is a deliberate…

Recently I posted about court­ing the per­form­ers who can help you have a suc­cess­ful career. This prompted one of my staunchest sup­ports — a muse, you might even say —...

Thank your muse!

Recently I posted about court­ing the per­form­ers who can help you have a suc­cess­ful career. This prompted one of my staunchest sup­ports — a muse, you might even say —…

Lee Hoiby was born in 1926. He is an Amer­i­can clas­si­cal pianist and com­poser, prob­a­bly most famous for his song “The Ser­pent.” I found the fol­low­ing quote from him, cour­tesy...

Lee Hoiby Quote

Lee Hoiby was born in 1926. He is an Amer­i­can clas­si­cal pianist and com­poser, prob­a­bly most famous for his song “The Ser­pent.” I found the fol­low­ing quote from him, courtesy…

Take some­thing you know well and add it to some­thing else you know, and you’ve got some­thing new and orig­i­nal… at least, that’s the idea. You can use this as...

1 + 1 = ?

Take some­thing you know well and add it to some­thing else you know, and you’ve got some­thing new and orig­i­nal… at least, that’s the idea. You can use this as…

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