Boston-based oboist Jeralee Johnson and I invite you to join us to create a substantial work for English horn and piano. Interested performers on alto saxophone, cello and other instruments are also welcome.
“I don’t know how you could possibly write music!”
It’s a refrain I hear often, even from talented musicians. And I can understand why they say that.
Writing music might seem like organizing thousands of isolated pitches and rhythms. For example, my latest arrangement included 2320 notes, 1273 rhythms, and 281 rests.
That’s daunting. But there is another way, and Pachebel’s Canon and its friends reveal the centuries-old secret.
A list of solo instruments from (mostly) A New Hope, useful for orchestrators, composers, and orchestra fans.