Monthly Archives: March 2011

Overcoming composer’s block

I have the greatest sympathy and respect for those who cultivate music in their free time; their passion and dedication are essential for the survival of our profession. For an amateur musician, playing an instrument, singing in a choir or … Continue reading

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Music and national identity

After listening to my string quartet “La Caresse du Couteau”, composer Toshio Hosokawa confessed to being disappointed at not finding any traces of Peruvian music in it. He then went on to encourage me to utilize folk music from my … Continue reading

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The art of intuition

The 20th century saw the birth of new compositional techniques, but it was not until the second half of that century that a generation of composers collectively embarked on a mission to create music based entirely on abstract logic. The situation is different … Continue reading

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Style or technique?

A quote attributed to Thomas Jefferson reads: “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock”.  I would be tempted to replace style for technique and principle for style. Composers face the question … Continue reading

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