Music Commentary

Probably the single most important mantra for any composer – at any level – is that music is merely 12 notes. If you look at the piano, there are only 12 notes between any octave. After those 12 notes, the octave simply repeats all over again. Why is it so important to keep reminding yourself […]

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I was just reading a humorous debate on a music forum regarding the topic of “art music” versus “entertainment music.” I say it was “humorous” because I’m always amused by the certainty that some people have in their opinions about what the function of music should be and how it should sound. Several of their […]

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For a composer, is learning how to create diverse musical moods and emotions a basic requirement of the art? I say the answer is “yes”. I felt it important enough that I devoted a large portion of my Secret Composer software to the exploration and analysis of creating musical moods and emotions. Some might ask […]

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Most composers, whether just beginners or highly experienced, don’t like to have their music criticized. And why would they? Their music is a deep personal expression of who they are. But this is true of virtually everyone. No one likes to be criticized. There is a common saying: “opinions are like rear-­ends. Everybody has one”. […]

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Young composers are always curious about what music I listen to. And I always respond that I try to listen to everything. But I think the purpose of their question is to find out what inspires me, so that it might inspire them as well. To cut directly to the chase, I thought I would […]

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There are an infinite amount of experiences you can have in a lifetime. So you might ask, “Why be a composer? Doesn’t that require years of grueling work and enormous talent?” Well, the answers all depend on how you define “composer.” So what exactly is a composer? Ask ten musicians and you’ll probably get ten […]

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