Tag Archives: Music Performance

Today in Music / August 20

On this day in 1882, the world heard the first performance of Tchaikovsky‘s 1812 Overture, in Moscow. It was commissioned by Tsar Alexander II for performance at Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. The music is a retelling of the invasion of Napoleon’s French Allied Army into Russia. The Overture’s score calls for the firing of […]

User Experience

I’ve always liked traveling. That’s how my parents would get me to fall asleep when I was a kid, and I made a job out of it when I toured with SBQ. One thing I really like about traveling is meeting people from completely outside my sphere. You can meet the most varied and interesting […]

Sound Bites / The Business of Art

Being a musician today isn’t simply playing well. It means seeing your art as your business. You are your product.

Commissioning Project: Build Your Own Repertoire

Just over a year ago, when PCB was still just a gleam in my eye, I had an idea. It stemmed from my desire to really advance the brass quintet in its micro-genre and in the macro-genre of chamber music. What I noticed about other groups in the chamber music world was that composers were […]

Sightreading Sundays

Feeling very chromatic today. Useful to get you out of the comfort zone and mess with your muscle memory a bit. Download the Sightreading Sundays music here!

What Music Looks Like / Bach Contrapunctus 9

My brass quintet, Phoenix Chamber Brass, is working on music for our upcoming season, and we’ve decided to do several parts of “The Art of Fugue,” including this one. So I found this the other day and thought it was really interesting to see the sheet music, the performer, and an abstract visual representation of […]

Are Your Relevant?

(That is, is there anyone at your concert?) One of the several blogs I keep up with is The Rest Is Noise, from the New Yorker’s music critic, Alex Ross. He really has his finger on the pulse of classical music in the modern age. There is rarely an event worth noting that makes it […]

What Music Looks Like / African Suite

Heard this on NPR the other day and found it enchanting. Andrew York’s Mbira (from the African Suite) played by the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.

Sound Bites / Air Movement

Move the air at the proper velocity immediately to avoid “scooping” the notes. The band camp season has officially begun for me, so I’m finding myself saying little statements like this all the time.

What Others Say / Will Durant

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”   —Will Durant, summarizing Aristotle, in The Story of Philosophy (1991) Good advice for all the high school musicians heading to band camp soon. And for anyone in the practice room.