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My “Ada­gio for String Quar­tet” was per­formed in Sep­tem­ber, 2011 at Barge­mu­sic, a pres­ti­gious per­for­mance venue in New York City. The per­form­ers were the superb young string ensem­ble, PUBLI­Quar­tet —...

Video of PUBLIQuartet’s “Adagio” performance at Bargemusic

My “Ada­gio for String Quar­tet” was per­formed in Sep­tem­ber, 2011 at Barge­mu­sic, a pres­ti­gious per­for­mance venue in New York City. The per­form­ers were the superb young string ensem­ble, PUBLIQuartet —…

The Beatles's song, "You Won't See Me," teaches what is meant by active listening.

The Beatles & active listening; an early lesson from “You Won’t See Me”

The Beatles’s song, “You Won’t See Me,” teaches what is meant by active listening.

...but can you hear? I thought of that as I read the October 14, 2010 issue of...

Sure, you can compose…

…but can you hear? I thought of that as I read the Octo­ber 14, 2010 issue of…

It’s audi­tion time at music con­ser­va­to­ries yet again. I thought I would share some­thing that hap­pens with a lot of fre­quency, and it’s got me thinking. Some­one will come around...

The CD as music

It’s audi­tion time at music con­ser­va­to­ries yet again. I thought I would share some­thing that hap­pens with a lot of fre­quency, and it’s got me think­ing. Some­one will come around…

Alex Ross’s superb book The Rest is Noise has a great web­site adden­dum, full of lis­ten­ing exam­ples. Of par­tic­u­lar inter­est, see this page which fea­tures numer­ous sound exam­ples from music since 1980....

Listening to Music Since 1980

Alex Ross’s superb book The Rest is Noise has a great web­site adden­dum, full of lis­ten­ing exam­ples. Of par­tic­u­lar inter­est, see this page which fea­tures numer­ous sound exam­ples from music since 1980.…

I just saw this movie, Music From The Inside Out, and highly rec­om­mend it. The movie inter­views sev­eral play­ers of the Philadel­phia Orches­tra, fol­low­ing them around on tour and ask­ing...

Music From the Inside Out

I just saw this movie, Music From The Inside Out, and highly rec­om­mend it. The movie inter­views sev­eral play­ers of the Philadel­phia Orches­tra, fol­low­ing them around on tour and asking…

In our busy, crazy lives it can be hard to find the extra time to com­pose. Those of you who lis­ten to my audio pod­cast know that I’m an advo­cate...

How to Have 54 Weeks a Year

In our busy, crazy lives it can be hard to find the extra time to com­pose. Those of you who lis­ten to my audio pod­cast know that I’m an advocate…

On August 27, 2006, the New York Times pub­lished a review of Francine Prose’s book, “Read­ing Like A Writer: A Guide for Peo­ple Who Love Books and for Those Who...

Listening Like a Composer

On August 27, 2006, the New York Times pub­lished a review of Francine Prose’s book, “Read­ing Like A Writer: A Guide for Peo­ple Who Love Books and for Those Who…

Bear with me on this one. I was chat­ting with Joe Ravo, a gui­tarist who also hap­pens to be a com­puter tech wiz­ard, and we got to talk­ing about the start...

Hierarchies Matter

Bear with me on this one. I was chat­ting with Joe Ravo, a gui­tarist who also hap­pens to be a com­puter tech wiz­ard, and we got to talk­ing about the start…

Here’s a good way to get someone’s undi­vided atten­tion. Ask, “Can I be hon­est with you?” Peo­ple will stop what­ever they’re doing and have a lis­ten to what you want...

Being Honest in Music

Here’s a good way to get someone’s undi­vided atten­tion. Ask, “Can I be hon­est with you?” Peo­ple will stop what­ever they’re doing and have a lis­ten to what you want…

I had the oppor­tu­nity to hear a lec­ture by Paul Moravec last week on the topic of music and mem­ory. He’s the 2004 Puiltzer Prize win­ner, so I was hon­ored...

Paul Moravec quotes

I had the oppor­tu­nity to hear a lec­ture by Paul Moravec last week on the topic of music and mem­ory. He’s the 2004 Puiltzer Prize win­ner, so I was honored…

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