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COMPOSER BOOT CAMP

COMPOSER BOOT CAMP
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NEW Libertaria Chronicles Expanded Edition at AMAZON

NEW Libertaria Chronicles Expanded Edition at AMAZON
NEW Libertaria Chronicles Expanded Edition at AMAZON

When a Classical Composer gets Pregnant - What Mozart Didn't have to Worry About

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When a Classical Composer Gets PregnantMany times we often think of classical composers as these dead European guys with fancy powdered white wigs and an impeccable taste for the royal ladies at court. Even our modern day perception of the classical composer may conjure up images of film composer John Williams or minimalist composer Philip Glass. But believe it or not, throughout the globe there is another gender that enjoys spending countless sleepless nights slaving over harmonies and melodies, symphonies and operas.

Yes, I mean women. You might not hear about Pulitzer prize winning composer Jennifer Higdon or experimental legend Pauline Oliveros in every day conversation (or even the local news), but these women and thousands more contribute an incredible canon of classical music

Younger women who compose classical music like myself have another added layer that can greatly affect their musical output, careers, and even choice in musical expression. 

Sometimes composers get pregnant…

Free Sheet Music Download: String Quartet "Asphixivision"

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3 Horrible Music Scores: Real Classical Composer Confession

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3 Horrible Music Scores: Real Composer ConfessionI admit it, as a classical composer I have made some absolutely HORRIBLE music mistakes in my compositions. Some of them I can chalka up to being a student composer trying too hard to impress while knowing little of what makes actual sense to a performer, part of it probably was simply time constraint, and some of it, well, I guess it's just lack of sleep. 

In any case, here are 3 Horribly REAL composer mistakes that I have made in my scores.


1. Music Lyrics Disaster

I don't know what I was thinking, but clearly I had no idea how to really write out lyrics for this choral work that I wrote in college. Seriously? What IS this? Fre-sh? NOT!




2. Ugly Composer Manuscript
My undergrad prof made us all write out our scores by hand, mainly to avoid too much dependence on computers to write our music for us. All the same, this is one UGLY manuscript. BTW, you can download this flute solo HERE: http://imslp.org/wiki/Airborn_Sand_(Young,_Sabrin…

Free Sheet Music Download: Classical Music Flute Solo Airborn Sand by Composer Sabrina Pena Young

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Free Sheet Music Download: Classical Music Flute Solo Airborn Sand by Composer Sabrina Pena Young
FREE MUSIC DOWNLOAD: http://imslp.org/wiki/Airborn_Sand_(Young,_Sabrina_Pena)


Originally composed during a hurricane in South Florida. Inspired by a news reporter's comments about "Airborne sand" whipping through her hair, the composer decided to write a work for flute that imitated the movements of sand whirling on a beach during a hurricane. It was subsequently performed at the University of South Florida in Tampa.





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Free Sheet Music Download: Percussion Marimba Work Agape

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Free Sheet Music Download: Percussion Marimba Work Agape
FREE DOWNLOAD NOW: http://imslp.org/wiki/Agape_(Young,_Sabrina_Pena)

This work was composed for the University of South Florida Marimba Quartet and premiered at the Tampa Contemporary Music Festival in 2000. Agape is a marimba quartet meant to sonically represent the Passion week, complete with crucifixion and resurrection. The work uses extended techniques for marimba, and optionally requires one five octave marimba.


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