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Haydn’s Creation

Earlier this month I attended a performance of Franz Joseph Haydn’s magnificent oratorio, THE CREATION, at Woolsey Hall in New Haven. This immortal masterpiece is one of the pinnacles of artistic achievement; I refuse to miss any local presentation of it! This... read more

Composing a Requiem

I am composing a Requiem for my brother, James, who passed away in the Spring of 2011. I can only work on it a little at a time, since I find this project quite daunting, as well as emotionally exhausting. At the current rate of progress, I expect it will take me... read more
Voice Leading Made Easy

Voice Leading Made Easy

When learning to write music in four-part harmony in root-position, it can seem quite daunting for the novice. There are so many things to avoid: parallel unisons, fifths and octaves; melodic movement by an augmented second or a tritone; awkward leaps, et cetera.... read more
The Dynamics of Dissonance

The Dynamics of Dissonance

I would like to remind you blogees of an all-too- often-forgotten (or altogether-ignored!) concept of elegant musical performance: namely that, in general, DISSONANCES SHOULD BE PLAYED OR SUNG MORE LOUDLY THAN CONSONANCES. This rule applies to MELODIC dissonances on... read more

The Truth About Tempo

Most people, including many musicians, believe (or assume) that the surest way to ruin a piece of music is to perform it too SLOWLY, letting it “drag”. In reality, RUSHING through it is usually a far worse crime; an excessively quick tempo tends to rob the music of... read more
Don’t Tell Me to “Shut Up”!

Don’t Tell Me to “Shut Up”!

Today, one of my piano students (a nine year old girl) “accidentally” told me to “Shut up!” when we were joking around at her lesson. When she realized what she had said, and to whom she had said it, she instantly gasped and put her hands over her mouth, HORRIFIED! I... read more

David Enters the 21st Century

Okay, nobody faint! David Gleba is entering the 21st century this summer by not only getting his own email account but by also securing his own website. I, Sandy Connolly, the webmistress of this site, will be keeping you up-to-date on the process. My favorite quote... read more