News and thoughts about development

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Guys, I need your help. I could still use a few of you to participate either by playing or sending in something to be evaluated this weekend in the master class with Faye and I. We have TONS of observers signed up and we love all of you. However, we really would love to get more of you participating. Just don’t think about the fact that maybe 100 pianists from all over the world will be watching. Now that I just said that, just forget it and get involved so you can learn. If you are just not comfortable performing, we can still evaluate your work if you send it to us (audio or written).

If the price is holding you back, don’t let it. Contact me and I will see what I can do.

For those asking, I will publish the link where you can join and watch by Friday night. By the way, as I mentioned many of you are signing up on this page but you don’t really have to. The class is free if you are an observer. Just come back to the blog to get the link to access it.

On to another subject. As you probably know, we are currently running an arranging contest and I talked a lot about development when I introduced it. Someone recently posted an interesting video that illustrates my point quite well. Take two minutes and listen. If you don’t see the video below, click here:

Now guys, don’t misunderstand me. This is not my kind of music. It is intellectual music designed to demonstrate mastery of something in a sort of snobbish way (in my opinion). Now that I have heard it once, I don’t care to listen again. But on the other hand, this is a perfect demonstration of development.

Note that until the very end, this composition uses only one note: A. Because of that, major ways we develop music such as melody and harmony are mostly off the table. Regardless, the composer does quite a good job of developing an idea using rhythm primarily but also articulation, dynamics and various other subtle things.

I am posting this to get some creative juice flowing. There are maybe a hundred ideas you can take away from this 2:40 and use in your own writing.

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