Entries by lucie5656

Birdsong

Recently, I was very happy to come across this excellent performance of my composition, “Birdsong” by the TN 2013 All-State Women’s Choir. Originally written for treble voices (children’s choir) and piano, this composition was a 1993 commission by Bill and Eva Bettger, directors of the Colborne Street United Church in London, Ontario CANADA. It is […]

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ISJAC – International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers

ISJAC, the International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers (www.isjac.org) is a new organization worth checking out. Membership in the organization is free. Just go to the site and sign up!! The Mission of the International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers is threefold: To unite and serve the international community of jazz arrangers and composers To advance […]

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Renee Rosnes at the Jazz Bistro

Tonight (June 19, 2015) Trish and I went to the Jazz Bistro in Toronto to hear the artistry of Renee Rosnes and her quartet. Renee on piano (of course), Peter Washington on bass, Steve Nelson on vibes and Lewis Nash on drums. This is a fabulous group. Total interaction, superb compositions and arrangements and an […]

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Selected as a TAF 2015 finalist

Last night (May 6, 2015) I attended a wonderful party put on by the TAF (Toronto Arts Foundation). I am proud to say that I am one of three finalists for this year’s Muriel Sherrin Award for International Achievement in Music. The other finalists are David Buchbinder and Vineet Vyas and I am very proud […]

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More Stravinsky

From “An Autobiography” by Igor Stravinsky (1936) The book wasn’t THAT well written but I did find some gems. (PR) “It is very doubtful whether Rimsky-Korsakov [his teacher} would ever have accepted Le Sacre, or even Petroushka. Is it any wonder, then, that the hypercritics of today should be dumfounded by a language in which all […]

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Stravinsky Notes (3)

From “An Autobiography” by Igor Stravinsky (1936) “For me, as a creative musician, composition is a daily function that I feel compelled to discharge. I compose because I am made for that and cannot do otherwise. Just as any organ atrophies unless kept in a state of constant activity, so the faculty of composition becomes […]

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Stravinsky Notes (1)

From “An Autobiography” by Igor Stravinsky (1936) I have just read this autobiography and I found many interesting comments and anecdotes. Here’s one: “I should like to quote a remark of Rimsky-Korsakov’s that he made later on when I became his pupil. I asked him whether I was right in always composing at the piano. “Some […]