I rarely use my blog simply to embed a video. There are just too many great videos out there which would quickly glut a space like this. However, I will make a rare exception for this most exceptional video. This is one of the most informative and educational videos on any musical topic that I have ever seen. Youtuber Vihart has condensed many hours of information into the densest half hour explainer on serialism one could imagine. With all of the great math, music, and sketches, she even manages to inform on issues like copyright law in the process! Have a look and a listen:
GEORGE WALKER: Lyric for Strings
MOZART: Divertimento in D Major, K. 136
GEORGE CHADWICK: Serenade in F Major
When working with young composers preparing a composition to be read for the first time by orchestral musicians, I have a very simple premise. The best shot a composer has at a successful premiere is to have:
excellent musical ideas, 2. cast within thoughtfully engraved parts.
I recently began contributing to Baltimore Magazine. Here's my first piece:
Wendel Patrick, “Let’s Ride”
The holidays get me thinking about sleigh rides, which, while they weren’t the inspiration for this track, still make me think of “Let’s Ride.” The vintage keyboard sounds alongside spicy drumbeats and clean electric guitars make this a perfect fit for our off-the-beaten-path sleigh ride. When you’re finished, check out some of Patrick’s other projects and collaborations, like the Baltimore Boom Bap Society and Bond St. District.