Tag: Composers

Cloudburst — only a paper cloud?

 

“Tell me, burnt earth: Is there no water? Is there only dust? Is there only the blood of bare-footed footsteps on the thorns?” “The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, And the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose.”

Eric Whitacre is a conductor and composer with matinee-idol good looks, personal magnetism, a slick marketing strategy, and arguably common sense, too: he recommends young composers not waste time acquiring training in academic theory beyond what they need to write music that sounds good. Whitacre is beloved in the choral world, but also, sometimes, disdained — for being overrated (he is, although overrated can still be good), for being gimmicky (also true, though his gimmicks often land), and for writing music “suffused with a sense of easy spiritual uplift… Everything [is] maximally radiant and beautiful, and beautifully sung. And that [is] the problem.”

If that’s the problem, it’s a problem many composers would like to have. Or at least it’s a problem many performing musicians wish the composers whose music they have to perform had. Our disdainer continues, “Whitacre is so sincere I suspect he would glow in the dark.”

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As part of the share your expertise group writing series, I am writing a four-part series on critiquing: Perspectives, Preparing, Critiquing, and Receiving. This is the fourth and final part of that series. Accepting Criticism Gladly The first step in a critique is to find your reviewers/critics who are willing to help you. The second […]

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As part of the share your expertise group writing series, I am writing a four-part series on critiquing: Perspectives, Preparing, Critiquing, and Receiving. This is the third part of that series. The final installment will be tomorrow (09 AUG). First, let’s discuss types of feedback one can give in a critique, and then we’ll look […]

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As part of the share your expertise group writing series, I am going to do a four-part series on critiquing: Perspectives, Preparing, Critiquing, and Receiving. This is the second part of that series. The others will follow Monday (08 AUG) and Tuesday (09 AUG). Before Outside Critiques If it is possible for you, try to […]

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I am an artist. I have worked in many media, including visual arts, spoken word, music and songwriting, and written word. I am also a critic. Critic is often used as a bad word, but there are two types of critics: during-creation-process and after-the-fact. I have written a few articles on works of art after […]

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