|Tip of the Hatto: Debut post, explores the fascinating story of pianist Joyce Hatto who became famous for recordings that turned out to be by other pianists. Explores implications for how we hear music.
||meaning; hatto; recordings
|The Hatto Sonnets: A series of six sonnets (in "Onegin" style), retelling the story of Joyce Hatto.
||hatto; poetry; creativity; best
|Great Moments in Stupid Headlines: More exploration of the Joyce Hatto story, particularly the idea that what "we know" about a performance greatly affects what "we hear."
|Hyperspace: Musings on how the hyperlinked world of the Internet might particularly appeal to creative minds.
||meaning; tech; connections; creativity; best
|Bell Failure: 2 sonnets summarizing the notorious "Joshua Bell in the Subway" experiment.
||poetry; creativity; aesthetics
|Too Good To Be True?: Problems with perfection.
|A Taste of 1825: An imaginary conversation, in which a culinary master reflects on how recordings change the way we think about music.
||meaning; recordings; best
|Translation, Transcription, Transimpson: How does a work retain its identity when transferred to another medium? With Stravinsky transformed into Simpsons form!
|Transcription as a Metaphor for Listening: In short: when we're listening, we're transcribing.
|Tradition!: Thoughts on performance traditions which, in spite of distortions, have much to offer.
|Saving the best for first: A classical problem: when the best part comes first, is the rest a letdown? (not really answered!)
|Classical Vanity: License Plates Inspired by Classical Music
|The Metamorphoses of Don Juan: An unexpected link between early and late Strauss works.
|The 12 Composers of Christmas: The classic song re-imagined with 12 composers and their music joining in.
||mashup; pedagogy; fun; christmas
|The Best Christmas Party Music Ever: Chamber music in its natural environment.
|An Old Viola Joke: Fun little personal jab hidden in Britten's Albert Herring
|the kind of infectious it's good to spread around: In praise of A Mighty Wind
|Warhorse Wordsmithing: Program notes for Fauré's Requiem and Dvořák's 'New World' Symphony
||pedagogy; program notes
|Strange Loop: A Tchaikovsky sequence looped so that it never ends, mixed with an ever-rising staircase.
||loops; scorimation; Bach
|Canon Loop: Bach's infinitely rising canon, recorded with infinitely rising "Shepard Tone" technique.
||loops; animation; Bach; canon
|Retro Loop: Bach's "crab" canon, animated with crabs.
||loops; animation; Bach; canon
|Ambigramania: An original ambigram of Bach's name, turned into an animation in which the ambigram takes shape along with a Bach canon.
||Bach; canon; creativity; loops; best
|Carrousel perpétuel: The score of Poulenc's most famous work is wrapped around a carousel.
|The Doctor in Spite of Himself: A blog devoted to my performing edition of Gounod's comic opera, including links to six "Doctor Karaoke" singalong videos.
||animation; translation; creativity; opera
|Webern in Mayberry: A video illustration of how comfortably atonal music fits into a lighthearted 60's sitcom.
|Le sacre du Peterman: Stravinsky's most iconic work, imagined as a page in the J. Peterman catalog.
|For that special masochist in your life...: Schubert's iconic Erlkönig becomes the subject of a J. Peterman ad.
|The Rite of Appalachian Spring: One of my first really successful mashups, exploring influence of Stravinsky on Copland.
||stravinsky; best; mashup; connections
|Canon a 2 Tempi (Take Two): Maria Callas and Renee Fleming square off in a Puccini Showdown.
||mashup; animation; canon
|Piano Hero Reflections: Musings on an innovative series of noontime "sightreading" recitals.
|Twynopses: A large collection of original, Twitter-sized #operaplot summaries from the legendary online contest.
||twitter; program notes; opera
|Magical Music: Description of an experiment in having a class create an original opera scene in the style of a historical model.
||pedagogy; creativity; opera
|Meta-music: Thoughts on transcribing Stravinsky for piano. Do we end up hearing more than a piano?
||connections; stravinsky; translation; aesthetics
|The Seinfeld Sonnets: Seven episodes of Seinfeld retold in sonnet form.
|Chopin's Funeral March (with ghosts!): A surprisingly successful mashup of the final two movements of Chopin's Funeral March Sonata.
||animation; best; mashup; chopin
|The Joy of (looking at) Music: An experiment in projecting an annotated score of the 1812 Overture for a live audience. They loved it!
|Name That Bassoon: An odd juxtaposition of two very different works, by Copland and Mendelssohn, with strikingly similar passages.
||connections; animation; mashup
|Illuminating Ornamentation: Description (and audio/video) of a collaboration with an artist who "decorated" scores in ways I then interpreted in performance.
|Testing with the Stars: Comical (?) puns and other suggestions from composers which originally appeared on music history exams.
|Reflections on a 2-part Invention: An audio/video "re-enactment" of a remarkable experiment in having two completley different works played simultaneously.
||mashup; best; random
|...in which Winnie the Pooh inspires Twitter-like program notes: An experiment in micro-program-notes. Each work in a long program described in 140 characters or less. Also features rhyming program notes.
||program notes; twitter; poetry
|Why Twitter exists...: Remembering the great #composerfilm meme. Does "Batman and Scriabin" arouse your interest?
||twitter; fun; creativity
|Should there be a "Free the Movements" Movement?: An argument for not always playing the whole thing.
|Bach Doubled: Showing how two closely connected Bach movements can be played simultaneously.
||Bach; mashup; animation; connections
|Sleigh Ride in a Fast Machine: A fun mashup of classics by Adams and Anderson.
||mashup; fun; christmas
|Sax and Violence: Inspired by the "saxophone craze" in classical music, a disco-style rendition of Brahms, with mixed meter.
|Good Friday Bach: An experiment in using YouTube annotations to show musical analysis.
||bach; animation; pedagogy
|Und singen Halleluja!: An exploration of how Bach's musical techniques reinforce the theological content in his amazing Cantata No. 4.
||bach; meaning; best
|Meta-unpredictability: How Stravinsky can you "surprise" you when you know what's coming.
|Multimedia Moonlight March Madness Mashup: A very odd mashup of works by Stravinsky and Schoenberg.
||stravinsky; mashup; animation
|Somewhere between Beethoven and Strauss: Looking at how passages from Beethoven and Strauss can be combined to create some Bernstein.
||Beethoven; Strauss; mashup; connections; animation
|Mozart Mashup Medley: Weaving back and forth among three different Mozart violin concertos.
||Mozart; mashup; connections; animation; best
|Atonality on Ice: Comparing the brutal worlds of ice hockey and atonal music. One of my favorite essays.
||atonality; sports; best; aesthetics
|My Jesus, Joy of Man's Desiring: A mashup of Bach's famous triplets with a different hymn and a different meter.
|Musical Storyboards: Condensing recordings to help reveal large-scale musical structures.
|Fun with the First Figaro Finale: First in a series of online, integrated listening guides featuring analysis, score, and video.
||Mozart; pedagogy; theory; opera
|Beethoven - more ahead of his time than you thought!: A "fake" musicological discovery about proto-Stravinsky hiding out in a Beethoven manuscript.
||mashup; beethoven; stravinsky; connections
|Eroica Mix'n'Match: Demo for an integrated, online listening guide for Beethoven's most revolutionary symphony.
||pedagogy; Beethoven; theory
|The Rite Stuff: Big set of links to all things Rite of Spring.
|Ballade Blogging: A series of seven posts inspired by a week spent re-learning a Chopin ballade. Some of my favorite bits of writing.
||chopin; best; aesthetics; meaning
|Child's Play: A children's story, told in sonnets, about a young violinist with performance anxiety.
|Now just a minute...: What does the "Minute" Waltz sound like played in a minute?
||chopin; fun; animation
|Dances with words: Creative reflections on re-reading Douglas Hofstadter's Le ton beau de Marot.
|Happy Augmented Sixth Day!: Realization that Aug 6 is the day to celebrate the wonder of Augmented 6th chords.
|Gateway to Insanity: Successfully (?) creating sonnets within Twitter's 140-character limit.
|MMrecital - the Program Booklet: An innovative program booklet in quasi-comic book style.
|Willkommen, Bienvenue...: Original cabaret lyrics about: 1) cabarets and 2) historically informed performance.
|A Splendid Sunrise: How harmony and orchestration can transform a D Major scale into something magical.
|Mr. Stravinsky's Random Accent Generator 2.0 - Now With More Random!: An experiment in randomizing Stravinsky's iconic sycnopations. Does it sound more surprising?
||stravinsky; random; coding
|Imitation as Inspired Improve-ization: The power of imperfect imitations.
|Fragmented Thoughts on Fragments: How it is that fragments can be satisfyingly complete.
||sports; fragments; aesthetics
|Recital Revisited I: Moonlight Mashup: Live video of the "Moonlight" Sonata and Clair de lune played simultaneously.
||Beethoven; mashup; best
|Using MMmusing: A guide to various MMmusing resources, especially for use in the classroom.
|Shostakovich 5: Mashed-up Memories: Daughter's youth orchestra performance brings up lots of memories - and makes a strange Shostakovich/Vaughan Williams connection.
||mashup; amateur; connections; memory
|The Good, The Shred, and The Ugly: A distinctively viola-esque mashup of a Bach prelude and "Pop, Goes the Weasel."
||fun; viola; mashup; Bach
|Satierical Gymnasium: Satie's most famous piece, randomized in various ways as an exploration of its timeless qualities.
||satie; random; fragments; coding
|Twelve Little Notes: A 12-tone matrix generator which can play back rows and their transformations in counterpoint.
||atonality; random; coding
|Serial Satie (Gymnopédie No. 12): A program which converts 12-tone rows (original or randomly generated) into variations on Satie's most famous piece.
||satie; atonality; random; mashup; coding; best
|12-Step Program: Describing an experiment in composing accessible (?) 12-tone music.
|Music + Music = Music: Musing about mashups, with discussion of my own mashup ("The Luigi Rag") of music associated with two different Luigis.
||mashup; composition; fun
|A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Dodecaphony: Extending the 12-tone composition experiment with a new, lighthearted scherzo for string quartet.
|Season's Greetings in C: Converting the idea behind Terry Riley's iconic "In C" into a new mashup of seasonal tunes.
||christmas; mashup; random; fun; composition
|What lurks under the sea of my mind?: Strange combination of two popular songs from the 80's.
|Louange a l'éclat de Messiaen: "Happy Birthday" in the style of the great French composer.
|The Rite of "Spring Sonata": Mixing two famous works of spring.
||stravinsky; beethoven; mashup
|Sleigh Ride in 7/8 Time (The 12 Musings of Christmas #7): MM performing John Eidsvoog's brilliant take on a Leroy Anderson classic.
|Notes on a Recital: Program notes for a trio performance of works by Beethoven, Ravel, and Brahms
|MM's Musical Manipulatives: Newly designed interactive pages which synchronize score, audio/video, and analysis.
||best; coding; pedagogy; beethoven; mozart; brahms; mendelssohn
|Adding Words to Wordless Music: Examing some ways in which instrumental music has been vocalized, for better or for worse.
|Founts of Inspiration: New chorale prelude based on an old hymn tune.
|Pugilistic Pianism: A Flintstones joke inspires a marriage of Rocky and Rachy.
||mashup; fun; rachmaninoff
|Turning the page...: Blow-by-blow description of top level professionals fighting with paper.
|What if the great composers wrote the music for the closing credits of '80's TV shows? Part I.: First of a three-part (!) series.
||fun; dvorak; beethoven; franck
|Fugue in Royal David's City: Newly composed chorale prelude based on a classic Christmas carol.
||composition; christmas; fugue
|MMerry Christmas: Lots of links to Christmas creations past.
|Rhythmic Mediation at the Border: Bringing two countries together with a mashup of national anthems.
|Triangulated Counterpoint: Bringing two tunes together with the help of a third contrapuntal line.
|Sundays at the Improv: Experiments in making things up in church.
|This just popped up: A program which plays Bach interactively while popping (virtual) popcorn.
||animation; Bach; fugue; coding; fun
|10 Years: To celebrate 10 years of blogging, a newly composed opera aria for President Trump's beleaguered press secretary.
||composition; fun; trump
|Looking Bach: Celebrating Bach's birthday with a big set of links to Bach posts here on the blog.
||Bach; birthday; meta
|A Little Birthday Music: Celebrating Sondheim's birthday in subdued fashion.
|Punspiration: The idea of a Bach Street Boys boy band inspires a new Bachian allemande.
|Switched-on Barber: Demo of an animated Samuel Barber playing his violin concerto - on the guitar.
||animation; coding; Barber
|Re-inventing Bach: Various permutations of a famous Bach invention.
|The Princess and the Fugue: A new fugue based on a theme from Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.
||composition; fugue; best
|Fuguing up to Boston: A new fugue which, sadly, failed to spur the Patriots on to victory. But it's a good fugue!
||composition; fugue; best
|Oh no, I'm a hocket man: A newly composed little duet which uses the hocket technique to bring two quarreling lovers together.
|Learning curves: All about an impossibly beautiful Ravel slur.
|A Fugue for Strings: The fugue from Barber's Piano Sonata arranged for string orchestra.
||Barber; fugue; animation
|Barber Guitar Concerto: A full realization of the finale of Barber's Violin Concerto arranged for electric guitar.
||Barber; animation; best