#PsalmQuest 20 – Distracted Devotions (WQ3)

#PsalmQuest 20 is about being distracted

  Oh could I ever relate to this #PsalmQuest challenge! Apparently, Psalm 5 is a morning prayer. But the poor chap just can’t concentrate! Much like me this morning: I sat down an hour ago to write a #PsalmQuest post and instead checked an email, followed a link to an … Give me more…

#PsalmQuest 19 – Fire, Ice and Stormy Winds

Fire Ice and Stormy Winds by Stephen P Brown

  This piece of music is composed for piccolo trumpet (although it had nothing to do with Jim Stretton and “A Brass Mirror“), bass clarinet (although it had nothing to do with Calvin Falwell and “Restoration“), and piano (although it had nothing to do with me).   Actually, Fire, Ice … Give me more…

#PsalmQuest 18 – A surprising fanfare of praise

FI_Psalm150

  I do like surprises. Really. They make life interesting. If there are other people involved and the surprise is on me, I’ll get thoroughly embarrassed and put on a brave face, but secretly I’m loving every minute of it. Then there are surprises that are not pleasant, like the … Give me more…

Your Invitation to “Guest Post”

Write a Guest Post on Stephen P Brown's Blog

  As my platform at www.StephenPBrown.com continues to grow, an increasing number of bloggers have asked if they could write a guest post for my site. It’s always an honor to be able to share my platform with others. In fact, I think it’s my responsibility to help bloggers, performers, educators … Give me more…

Conductor Michael Seal Wins the SPB Mid-Life Achievement Award!

Conductor Michael Seal wins the SPB Mid-Life Achievement Award

  Congratulations to Conductor Michael Seal who is awarded the [so far biennial] “SPB Mid-Life Achievement Award” for March 2014. Michael has been consistently and diligently developing and maintaining a solid career as a violin player in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra since the Music Director Simon Rattle days, … Give me more…

#PsalmQuest 17 – Mirror 3

Mirror 3 by Stephen P Brown is for two violins

  A short ditty. Just two and a half minutes long, played by two violinists. The title “Mirror 3″ comes from the fact that the structure of the piece is mirrored, much like Psalm 54 which inspired this piece (itself a little ditty!) There are five sections which, given letters … Give me more…

SPB Concert in NJ?

Stephen P Brown and Friends

  Greetings! Hope you are warming up and incredibly fit from shoveling a ton of snow this year. I remember what it’s like, especially on the day of my last “Stephen P Brown & Friends” concert in New Jersey. If you were there, you’ll remember that the snow held no-one … Give me more…

#PsalmQuest 16 – The Apple Of The Eye

Stephen P Brown composes Psalm 17

  Well, things aren’t really going according to plan this year! As explained in my last #PsalmQuest post I was hoping to churn out lots of pieces to get a head start on 2014. It’s March, and I’ve completed just three compositions! That means I’m now 1.1% behind schedule, so … Give me more…

Why is classical music so ignored?

Beauty woman showing her hand palms. Selective focus.

  What’s happened? Is it the in-fighting? Is classical music just too complicated for today’s bit-sized attention span? I was just wondering why so very very many people can’t be bothered with classical music these days. Not that it’s always been front and center of any culture, but at least … Give me more…