Notation’s Last Hurrah?

This seems interesting to me. I am gathering sources for a research paper and came across this.

The Taruskin Challenge

As the opening frame to his final chapter on music in a postliterate society, Taruskin examines what he considers literate music’s last grasp for ultimate authority.

The music of two English composers, Brian Ferneyhough and Michael Finnissy, represents this final and—in Taruskin’s estimation—ultimately futile maneuver. Their music is typically incredibly dense on the page, and in some respects impossible to perform. Ferneyhough uses “nested rhythms” (-tuplets within -tuplets within -tuplets), and obsessively profuse articulations, giving off the general feeling of impenetrable intellectual prowess (or at the very least, committed laboring). Taruskin gives us a page of Ferneyhough’s string quartet to make his point, with the ominous assurance that this is “not an unusually complex page” for him (see the image below, which is similar to the one Taruskin uses on V, 477).

Ferneyhough and Finnissy form the core of the so-called “New Complexity” group of composers, which Taruskin baldly paints…

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To Touch a Life

Hello to the new subscribers! Thank you so much for joining! Over the past weekend the word spread, and it spread pretty far. It was seen by over 200 people throughout the US, Canada, Brazil, and Columbia! Thank you so much! Your support has really helped! It really means a lot to me 🙂 Every time a saw a new like or share I was really excited.

Over the weekend we got 40 new subscribers. That got me thinking, I would like to set a goal of 100 new subscribers every two weeks. This past weekend over 40 new subscribers joined, so if we are gonna hit the 100 mark then we need 60 more likes over the next week. My goal is by the end of summer to have 1200 subscribers, and I need your help! We can easily reach this goal!

There will be more posts very soon! I have several already in the works. I have review video I’m working on and I’m gonna feature an artist and a cellist who I am with today in Virginia at Virginia Tech. This past weekend was inspiring for me 🙂 Make sure to hit subscribe and share if you haven’t yet!20140520-124839.jpg


Spread The Word!

It’s time to spread the word a little more! This is a little promo video that I whipped up. I’m trying to build an audience and I need your help. Please feel free to share it with your friends online. (or in person) Tell people about this! I hope you guys like it, there are more posts coming soon. 🙂

End of the Year

cropped-photo1.jpgI am finally done with this semester in college! This has been a long year. The delay in posting happened because my laptop crashed right before finals. :( So that put everything on hold including getting the song “Progressive Endurance” published. But I have it working again but under a different operation system called Ubuntu. Having to jump head first into a new operating system right as finals approached proved quite interesting, but it can be done. Now that college is over I can focus on music that I have been wanting to play for a long time. My plan this summer is to do a lot of teaching and performing. Within the first hour of being home I had two students contact me wanting lessons! Which is pretty exciting :) I have been thinking of offering online lessons…..What do you guys think? I will insert a poll so you guys can to tell me what you think. I will be posting again soon! Looking forward to hear what you have to say :)


Hello Again!!

I am back with some more news! It has taken me slightly longer than anticipated because I was very ill last week with a double ear infection, but everything is better now 🙂

It is almost ready! My first release is going to be ready soon! Below is the album cover I have been working on for the song. I plan to hopefully release a full album under the same cover so stay tuned for some more “Queing”  of the music 🙂 The official name of the song has been changed to “Progressive endurance.” The old name was really just a place holder.

Please spread the word! Your support is really appreciated! So please like,comment, share and all of your other interwebs stuff!

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