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Thursday, April 24th, 2008
12:04 am
A lighter note
I think this link illustrates the point we briefly discussed about how Cowell had to make up his own notation for the style he had invented. Maybe I'm stretching that connection a little, but this piece is hilarious and I, for one, would like to see it performed. http://farm1.static.flickr.com/148/406258694_e65219a08c_o.jpg
Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008
4:05 pm
Fed up
I've been thinking a lot lately about being a music major. Even though i know one of our teachers is going to see this, I'm just gonna lay it all out there and say how i feel and then ask you guys about it. I'm not really enjoying my field of study anymore. I don't know where its going to take me, and I don't really like the limited options i feel like i have for employment after school. I wanted to get into music in college, some because I wanted to be a better performer, but mostly because I wanted to understand the inner workings of music so I could make my own or be better at what I am performing. But in three years I have learned a broad history of composers and time periods, a lot about forms and structure of music (of which wouldn't really apply too much today to anything except for being able to tell the difference between a classical sonata and a baroque piece in binary form), how to hold 20 or so instruments correctly (but not necissarily how to play them), how a thousand different rehearsals are run (if i decide i want to attend those on the side for the rest of my life), and just a simple understanding of basic tonal music along with a few quick examples of what some a-tonal music of a certain type might sound like but not how to make anything interesting of those types myself. I feel as if I would have locked myself in my room for 10 hours a day for 3 years with an internet and amazon.com full of resources, and then read, experimented, played, and composed I would have a better and more applicable understanding of music then what I have now. What do you guys think? What will you do after you graduate? Is your music education really teaching you what you desire to know?
Tuesday, April 15th, 2008
7:54 pm
comparing our opera
So i was wondering what some of you thought about our opera and how it relates to 19th century opera. I don't want to write a whole essay about it, but I got a few things.
First of all, it contains the two most common types of vocal music in 19th century opera: recitative and aria.  In 19th century opera, the line between both of these started to become blurry, but it was pretty clear in our opera. A lot of the recitative that John sings in our opera does have a melodic song-like quality to it. So I guess that kinda blends recitative and aria in our case. What do you guys have?
Thursday, March 6th, 2008
11:04 am
great composers
In class we were asked to write down things that we believe make a composer a great one. We never got to share those things in class because we ran out of time and I fear we may never. I liked some of the things I thought of and was wondering what some other people came up with. Here are mine.
1.Simply the ability to create aesthetic draw/appeal with his music.
2. Often difficulty in the playing of music makes it more prestigious and impressive when performed. This can add to to a composer's greatness
3.The ability to write something that someone else not only didn't come up with first, but possibly could not have ever come up with first. I don't think that anyone but Wagner could have written the beginning to Tristan and Isolde with that specific melodic and harmonic element and the famous chord from that section. And it doesn't sounds like crap. Its actually pleasing to listen to.
4. The ability to write with an agenda/ idea/ picture in mind and portray that. Not just the ability to write music, but to put purpose/ meaning/ whit/ emotion in the music. I'm not just thinking of program music that tells a story here. I've always been really impressed with Schumann's ability to compose not only good sounding music, but to also employ humor or irony in his work. Or what about Schubert's ability to compose some aspect of nature into some of his lieder: like hoofbeats, or fire, or water- those things are just the background extra stuff behind the song and I still think that they are so impressive.
Sunday, February 17th, 2008
2:25 pm
Genius and the crazies (post by Amy)
I've always heard that there is a fine line between genius and insanity, but from what I've read of the composers we're studying, it seems like there is no line at all. Schumann's schizophrenia in particular stands out, but others of his era were crazy in their own right. I've always wondered how these composers could produce such beautiful music and sensitive interpretation and still be crazy as loons. Any thoughts?
Tuesday, February 5th, 2008
10:52 am
Welcome to the Washburn Music History blog!  Although I am the site administrator, this will be my first and last post.  This forum is for students -- present, past, and future -- to explore musical topics outside of class, without an instructor directing or commenting upon them.  I hope you will claim this space and make it your own!

Now that my post has broken the ice, I am retreating to the wings to watch the drama unfold. 
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