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40 Bits of Advice

(or, “What I Learned in Eleven Years of Studying Composition”) (or, “Things My Teachers Said”) 1. Write quickly. 2. Write slowly. 3. Plan, chart, and diagram the work’s structure. 4. Write organically, without preconceptions of form. 5. Put the performers first….

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Footnotes for violin and cello received an “Honorable Mention” in the 2014 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards.  The piece was composed for violinist Sonja Harasim and cellist Lachezar Kostov who premiered it in March 2013.  The recording is…

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I’m back! …and other updates

Well, I’ve been gone far too long and it’s time for some general housekeeping.  First, the primary reason of my (otherwise inexcusable) website-neglect: I just finished my written comprehensive exams for the doctorate.  After a total of 9 hours of…

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Leipzig-03.07.12 on the train to Weimar, Erfurt, Eisenach… I spent yesterday (the 3rd)  in Leipzig, seeing and doing as much as I could in the several hours I had. First of all, my friend SeHee (currently in Berlin) is in…

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Berlin to Leipzig – 03.07.12 An amazing two weeks in Berlin just came to a close. I’m now sitting in the ICE bullet train, headed to Leipzig to begin a six-day trip across Germany and finally to Fontainebleau, France (just…

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Philly -> Berlin

I’m sitting at my gate at the Philadelphia Airport, leaving for Berlin via Frankfurt in about 40 minutes.   Just had an incredible weekend in Philly with the premiere of “Travelling Salesman” followed by a celebratory night and a full day…

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Some things: – Recently, the Da Camera Young Artists put on several concerts at the Menil Collection as part of an ongoing series surrounding Debussy (who turns 150 this year).  I arranged his piano prelude “des pas sur la niege”…