“Music was a passionate thing. Why should we soften the edges now?”

“Music was a passionate thing. Why should we soften the edges now?”

I might be getting away from the central topic of the original article but that quote made me think about some things in our musical actuality. The way we listen music, what the academy teach us about music, what we expect of music and new music and most importantly what music means to us.

As Maestro Egarr clearly stated, one only need to read and do some simple research to know that music meant serious emotional stuff to people in the 17th century, and I would dare to say earlier and later in history too. But today… how do we listen today?

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Éxodo II (Exodus II)

Éxodo II (Exodus II)

There is no bigger excitement for a composer than to receive a commission. Some would say than is better to get a premiere or a piece performed many times but, in my case, I love to compose so getting the opportunity to write new music its always a delight. I prefer this because it involves a process I strongly respect. When a composer receives a commission its because a musician(s) or ensemble have esteem and trust in the composer’s artistic craftsmanship. For this reason, I find great joy and enthusiasm when I receive such opportunity.

            In this particular case, Puerto Rico’s most talented and respected harpist, Elisa Torres, entrusted me to create a piece of music for Guitar, Cello and Harp. The cello and harp combination is rather common and their tone colors combine in a cohesive and balancing manner. Now, adding the guitar, that’s a whole different story…

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French Horns Sound Like Vanilla

Since I enjoy cooking so much and music is constantly present in my mind, sometimes I catch myself comparing sounds to ingredients, instruments to flavors/smells or even whole dishes to whole pieces. This is the case of the French Horn and the delicate vanilla! I must admit that the Horn is one of my favorite instruments to write for, its blending capabilities in music are outstanding; but…why vanilla?

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