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Serial alignments

Recently, I have been so busy that I overlooked the blog a bit too much. Even if I had no time to post anything, I didn’t put my ideas on the back burner and now I am ready to share … Continue reading

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Symmetric compulsion

Recently I’ve had a lot to do with a very special tone row. It’s a mirrored palindromic row derived from the trichord {5, 8, 9}. The three notes after the prime trichord are its retrograde, the next three are its … Continue reading

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Somewhere beyond the se…rialism! [Pt. 2]

My personal journey into serial composition doesn’t end up yet! Lately, I’ve taken a stab at applying the ten tones-row of Copland’s Piano Fantasy (1957) to the pattern assignment procedure I described in the previous post. I followed the coming … Continue reading

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Somewhere beyond the se…rialism! [Pt. 1]

Aaron Copland said that serialism is a “stimulus that enlivens musical thinking”. I think that this is the right way to approach to serialism. I’ve always been attracted by this elegant method of composition since I delved into Boulez’s totally serialized … Continue reading

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Musical origami

I’ve always been intrigued by origamis. When I found out that the musical pitch space could be rappresented with a tapered helix, I became obsessed by the idea of modeling shapes and figures basing on intervals, both vertical and linear. … Continue reading

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A case in point

Since “For classical music geeks only” is lately the most active post of the blog, I decided to upload an audio sample of what I tried to explain right there about 9/8 time signature modifications. Here you can listen to … Continue reading

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Stephen Albert, shut down poet

In 1992, one of America’s most promising young composers was tragically killed in an automobile accident. I didn’t know much about Stephan Albert before I caught his “To Wake the Dead” on Art of the States. I listened to this … Continue reading

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