The music of Nick Drake is now (almost 40 years after his premature death in 1974) more popular than it ever was in his lifetime. It continues on its journey with an impetus entirely of its own, awakening the consciousness of people across the ...―
Recently, I was approached by a singer/songwriter to arrange strings for an existing track that contained an acoustic guitar and vocals. The client was very specific in his brief and sent me over an mp3 of the track as well as an mp3 of the same...―
Arranging strings for a pop or rock track requires a different approach to orchestrating or even composing original music solely for string orchestra. In a word, versatility is the key to enhancing and expanding an existing piece of pop music....―
The string section is considered by many to form the backbone of the modern symphony orchestra and it’s easy to see why. Stringed instruments are the one section that can play for an extended period of time and still sound complete. Many...―
Most of us when composing for a string section or full orchestra will do so in front of a keyboard. In this respect, the process isn’t too different from the time when a composer’s only tools were a pen, a bottle of ink, a blank...―
This final movement of the ‘St Paul’s Suite for string orchestra’ is a reworking of Holst’s Second Suite in F for military band. The tune which appears throughout the movement is the folk tune ‘Dargason’, a 16th Century English dance tune included ...―
In the first two blogs in this four-part series, I took an analytical look at the ‘Jig’ and ‘Ostinato’ movements of Gustav Holst’s ‘St Paul’s Suite for string orchestra’ from the perspective of analyzing the string writing and techniques used....―
The second movement of Gustav Holst’s ‘St Paul’s Suite for string orchestra’ is entitled ‘Ostinato’. This Italian word has the same basis as the word obstinate (meaning ‘stubborn’) and with good reason, as an ostinato is a persistent note or ...―
Gustav Holst was one of England’s most eminent composers in the first half of the twentieth century. From 1905 until his premature death in 1934, Holst held the post of Director of Music at St Paul’s Girls’ School in Hammersmith and he wrote many...―
String players often discuss the need for ‘bow markings’ or simply ‘bowings’, but what are they and why do they matter? ∙ The basic premise is that the bow travels in two directions (down and up) and whereas a ...―
Currently around a half of organizations ranging in size from SMEs to large multinationals ...
∙ One of the few things I consider when buying a frock is the print. Growing up, I ...
My first thought when I saw the topic for this weeks Photo Challenge: Curves was the ...