Poetry and Music: A Conversation With Poet Elisabeth T. Eliassen

What is so wonderful about for me about my poetic “thought music” is that while it can have specific meaning for me, it doesn’t have to have a specific meaning for anyone else. — poet Elisabeth T. Eliassen My new choral work Waiting… is built around a...

Sibelius Trick: Use Your iPhone as a Number Pad for Your Laptop

I’m sure I’m not alone among Sibelius users in relying very heavily on the number pad for quick music notation.  It is of course much quicker than pointing and clicking on that little tool box.  So, at such times when I’m using my MacBook away from...

Did I Write This?

Here’s a bizarre dilemma that is only possible in this post-Sibelius era. Recently, while fishing through folders on my computer looking at old “sketches” and unfinished things, I found a folder that said “string quartet”. I had no...

Poetry for Composers

My post about Doctor Atomic has got me thinking about this whole business of effectively setting poetry to music. This is something John Adams has always been exceptionally good at, even if I don’t agree with his approach to writing for the stage. But it’s...

Anatomy of an unfinished piece

Well, I’d promised myself that September 1st would be when I stop sketching and start fleshing out and orchestrating the HCSO piece. I was hoping to have an end-to-end sketch of the whole piece to work from by now. I almost do. Good enough, I guess. The big...