How I compose 3 – Chords

How to play guitar chords

“A chord in music is any harmonic set of three or more notes that is heard as if sounding simultaneously.” (Wikipedia, accessed August 7, 2013) To me, chords form the shell of a piece of music – the walls and roof of a house, so to speak. For me, this is the most difficult part […]

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Next Piece #7: Bagatelle for Violin

Conductor Composer Stephen P Brown's "Bagatelle for violin"

This was a surprise! In my 7 year composition quest, piece #6 took a little over a month to write. This one took a day. Yes. One day! Solo violin It helped that the piece was being written for just one instrument alone, which is a complete contrast to Warrior Peace. Another contrast is the […]

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New psalm composition #6: Warrior Peace

Stephen P Brown Warrior Peace

Well, this was an unexpected mammoth! (If you are not aware of my current composition quest, click here to read the introduction.) I knew that composing for larger ensembles would take time, and was sort of risking things a little when I decided to write for a larger-than-normal ensemble but I didn’t plan for this […]

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Piece #5: Rescue Me! for choir

British American Conductor Composer Maestro Stephen P Brown Psalm Piece 5 Choir Choral

The fifth piece in my composition quest was quite an adventure. Definitely surprising. “Rescue Me, Recover Me” is based on Psalm 130, and the title stems from the term “redeem” which this psalm seems to be all about. It has a simple ABAB structure, so knowing that I wanted to write a choral work I […]

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How I compose: Step 1

British American Conductor Composer Maestro Stephen P Brown how to compose classical music

I am now working on the 6th piece in my composition quest. This is not the first time I’ve composed music but in the past I have approached pieces from a variety of angles: systematically using someone else’s process, systematically using someone else’s process that I adapted slightly, systematically using a process I developed myself […]

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