Tags: composition

How to cope with unfamiliar…

… STYLE. Want to imitate a certain style of music? I found a few basic ways how is possible to do that, put them in a step by step way and would like to share it with you. Learn which instruments (1) are used to make music in that style. Which rhythms (2) are typical? […]

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Presentation

Preparing a presentation for Tallinn Guitar Festival. In that presentation I will try to show the importance of teaching composition to small kids and adults. Looking back in history, when each player was also a composer, and learning from our predecessors is an access to a lot of joy when playing an instrument.

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Looking back

I remember how my jazz guitar teacher, who also gave me my first lessons in composition, told me: “Dmitri, write down all your¬†musical ideas and melodies, never throw them away – you might need them in future.” So I did. Recently, looking through old papers, I found an entire piece that I wrote in 2014, […]

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The power of music

Someone can impress you for a several of times with a perfect technique, virtuosity, drumming, strumming and all other athletic stuff on an instrument. But it’s all is short-lasting. The real power of a piece is in a melody. A melody, that is singable, swinging and expressive. If you are able to write such a […]

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Purpose of music

I would like my music to serve at least three purposes: 1. To be educational (that it would contain information about a distant places and cultures; connected to history) 2. That it would have something, that one can think of and discuss, as well as 3. Purely for aesthetical pleasure while listening to it (relaxing, […]

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My favorite composition technique is…

… a DIALOG. It opens many opportunities how to compose a piece as well as puts certain game rules. In case of a two instrument composition it is very beautiful when one instrument “asks” and other “answers”, one “proposes” and other “rejects” or “accepts”.

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Reserve some time for…

I had a chance to study with very good musicians. One of them was my orchestration teacher. He taught me to pay more attention to instrumentation and orchestration. Through him I again discovered the art of Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov (couple of year ago I visited his home – now a museum, – in Saint-Petersburg, sensed a […]

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Writing a melody

Writing a theme or a melody for a piece for me is an intellectual work, a lot of¬†analysis. I think of a theme as of a person and¬†search for a better way to¬†describe its character. In music for that we have three basic tools: Melody. Harmony. Rhythm. Where the second one¬†can be seen as a […]

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