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Viola Da Gamba Society: Call for Scores

New Works for Viola da Gamba (Viol) & Piano Works should be original, unpublished, and composed for an acoustic 7-string viola da gamba (bass viol) and piano (modern piano; with 88-keys). Works should be 2-5 minutes in length, and submitted anonymously; rather than signing works by name, composers s …

Source: Viola Da Gamba Society. Published: September 4, 2015.

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Part of Your World: On the Arts and Well-Being

Quick! What’s the most important issue in the arts? Is it declining audiences? The fact that it’s so hard to make a living as an artist? Changing demographics and cultural equity? Unsustainable business models? New technologies? Government funding? Arts education? Gentrification? Creative placemakin …

Source: Createquity. Published: August 31, 2015.

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I Don’t Get It

Sometimes I look around at what we’re NOT doing, especially when compared to other sectors, and I just don’t get it. I’ve give you some examples: I. I was watching the Little League World Series on television over the weekend. This is 8 to 12 year old kids playing on a big stage like their heroes in …

Source: Barry's Blog. Published: August 30, 2015.

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Young musicians tackle new skills, development

The sounds are, of course, what you first notice in an orchestra class. Chairs scooting into place, bows knocking against hollow wooden instruments as students set up, sheet music rattling as it’s adjusted on stands. Once the rehearsal is in session, the sounds change. Pitches rise and fall as a tea …

Source: Lafayette Journal and Courier. Published: September 2, 2015.

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An Ambitious Conductor Tackling Big Questions

Teddy Abrams: “All major arts organizations should not only have musicians on staff but there should also be a department of composition; people who are composing for the moment. In Bach’s time there was a department of composition in every church and state office; there was a constant need for new …

Source: San Francisco Classical Voice. Published: August 26, 2015.

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Master composers used to handwrite their music. Some were complete slobs

These clefs come from “autograph copies” of each composer’s music — versions that they handwrote. Each is just an example, not necessarily how a composer always wrote. And the composers themselves were chosen just for flavor, rather than for any particular scientific or historical reason. The chart …

Source: Vox. Published: September 1, 2015.

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