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Koteeswara Iyer

The two contestants for the letter K were apparently grandfather – grandson, and I chose the grandson Koteeswara Iyer over Kavi Kunjara Bharathi. Koteeswara Iyer (1870 – 1936) studied music under Poochi Srinivasa Iyengar and Patnam Subramania Iyer both of whom were eminent composers. 297 more words


Investigation: Marco Enrico Bossi

I know, I haven’t posted here in quite some time. But when you have three kids under the age of three this kind of thing is to be expected. 370 more words

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Composer Profile: Craig Courtney

by Alissa Ruth, Choral Specialist

Whenever I see one of Craig Courtney’s pieces come my way, I know that it will have a singable melody, warm, rich harmonies, and an expressive piano accompaniment. 396 more words


Breath, to breathe, to exhale...

And then somewhat returned from the semi-dead. Oof duh!

I have been in a penitent huddle with myself. The misery of Asthma & ever fluctuating temperatures. 102 more words


Greatness = Difficulty in Music?

This topic repeatedly comes up in my classes as well in my head. I’ll go ahead and put this out there: being a composition major is SCARY! 1,510 more words


Mozart’s starling

On 27 May 1784 Mozart purchased a European starling (Sturnus vulgaris, above). The pleasure he expressed at hearing the bird’s song—“Das war schon!”—is all the more understandable when one compares his notation of it with the beginning of the last movement of his… 121 more words


September 10, birthday of Henry Purcell (1659)

I first heard Henry Purcell‘s music on the sound track to an X-rated film. It was Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange.” It was 1971; I was 16; and I was under the influence of one of the smartest people in my high school, who was captain of our swim team. 371 more words