This month (and year so far) I’ve been focusing on practicing, building consistent practice habits, finding exercises and a routine that keeps me at the top of my game technically, and also creatively. To that end, I’ve been playing Berio’s Sequenza I for solo flute. I find it extremely valuable to do some research about … Continue reading Luciano Berio
I'm super excited to be going home for a week to do so many music things. Because of all the awesome music things happening, I've been doing a lot of prep work, mostly research and practicing. The practicing is obviously necessary, but research? The same way you need to understand the context of a piece … Continue reading Pre-Michigan Prep and Edgar Varese
The alto flute is one of my favorite flutes. It definitely beats piccolo. It has a very mellow sound, sometimes almost woody, other times very ethereal. It’s especially fun to improvise on because all the percussive sounds are much louder than on my C flute. It turns out that Theobald Boehm (any flute player should … Continue reading Alto Flute
Beethoven was an amazing composer. He was also rather arrogant, though history seems to have decided it was warranted. Beethoven's music is incredibly popular in the classical world, a popularity that began during his life time and has endured until today. His music never really went out of style or was abandoned as earlier composers … Continue reading Classical Lore -Beethoven
I've noticed that the overwhelming majority of people in the U.S. don't know very much about classical music. We all take singing in elementary school, but we never study the history of it unless you happen to be a classical music major in college. I find this to be very sad. The majority of people … Continue reading Welcome to Classical Lore!