“Nuvole Bianche” by Ludovico Einaudi

Perhaps one of the most well-known pieces by contemporary composer Ludovico Einaudi, Nuvole Bianche is a gorgeous (and heartbreaking) piano-solo-turned-song that connects with listeners around the world. *Fun fact: “nuvole bianche” is Italian for “white clouds”! Background Nuvole Bianche was released in 2004 on Einaudi’s album Una Mattina. Since then, the piece has appeared in the TV drama This is England […]

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P.D.Q. Bach: The 21st Son

Records tell us that Johann Sebastian Bach had 20 children over the course of his life (he did have two wives). But what most people don’t know is that he actually had a 21st child: His name was P.D.Q. Bach. Biography Born in Leipzig, Germany, on April 1, 1742, P.D.Q. was called a “pimple on the […]

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Music Vlog #3

Three Images Book 1 Music Vlog 3

Happy Saturday dear readers! I just wanted to share with you my third music vlog; it’s an in-depth discussion about my latest composition, Three Images Book 1. Check it out: The free sheet music can be downloaded here. P.S. Do you like the new thumbnail? I’ve been experimenting to come up with a format that I […]

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Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass

Remember earlier this week when I posted about O Magnum Mysterium, a 16th century motet taken from Catholic Mass? Well, today I want to share another Mass with you – but this one is from the 21st century. Called Sunrise Mass, Norwegian composer Olja Gjeilo (b. 1978) created this 30-minute work for choir and strings with four […]

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O Magnum Mysterium by Tomás Luis de Victoria

O Magnum Mysterium is a Catholic church chant sung at Christmastime. As part of the Matins (nighttime worship), the text has been around for centuries. While the exact origins are unknown, historians believe the text (and its use in Catholic Mass) has been around since at least the 10th century. Because the work is so […]

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10 Ways to Become a Better Musician

10 Ways to Become a Better Musician

We all want to become better musicians, but how do we do it? Here is a list of 10 ways to become a better musician: 1. Self-evaluate. And be honest about it. How does honestly evaluating your musicianship make you a better pianist/singer/violinist/composer/etc.? Well, I’ve got good news: you’re not as horrible a musician as […]

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Classical Music Inspired by Easter Part 1

Whether you celebrate the resurrection of Jesus or you prefer to search for colorful eggs, Easter is celebrated in many forms worldwide. One of the oldest holidays, Easter has been around since the 2nd century! This has led to an endless amount of music written for the special day, so here is a list of […]

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Classical Music Inspired by Spring Part 2

Are you enjoying the sunshine and the beautiful weather that comes with springtime? Do you love classical music? If you answered yes to either of those questions, check out this list of classical music inspired by spring! [Part 1 can be found here.] Claude Debussy’s Rondes de Printemps (“Round Dances of Spring”) From 1905 to […]

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Music Vlog 2: A Tribute to Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach in Three Parts

Happy birthday, Bach! (Well, according to the Old Style calendar. Nowadays we would probably celebrate his birthday on March 31st due to the shift in the New Style calendar. But hey, there’s no reason we can’t celebrate early!) Please enjoy my second music vlog, which is a three part series discussing his life, his musical […]

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