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The Best Fugues Ever Written? musical discoveries May 20, 2021

Just for fun this week, I look at my favourite fugues - what I think are some of the greatest fugues of all time, from the Baroque period, the Classical period, and the Romantic period. I'm not messing around - I just wanted to show off some of my all-time favourite fugues - and some of the best...

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Overcome Bad Thoughts, and Start Composing More composing May 18, 2021

We all have moments where we think we're not good enough. We think there's no point in even trying, because we'll never get to where we want to be.

It can be tough - a real struggle. I've been through it (and still go through it sometimes), and I wanted to tell you about my journey, and some...

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How to Write Better Harmony composing May 17, 2021

A lot of people think of good harmony as writing "good chords". Often, this couldn't be further from the truth, and is actually a really damaging way to think about harmony.

In this video I show you the CORE principles to writing good harmony, and how you can immediately start writing better...

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What Makes Debussy Sound French? musical discoveries May 16, 2021

Some music just has that gorgeous, French sound. Think Debussy's Clair de Lune, Satie's Gymnopedies, or Ravel's Jeux d'eau.

Something about this music makes it sound gorgeously French - but what is it? What is that quality, what exactly is it about the music that makes...

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Solving a 100 Year Old Musical Enigma? musical discoveries May 15, 2021

Elgar's Enigma Variations contains a famous musical puzzle, or code, which has baffled academics for most of a century. Many solutions have been suggested, but alas, Elgar took the true solution to the grave.

Here, I explain what the Enigma is, and I have a crack at solving it too! Of course,...

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How to Listen to Classical Music (A Full Guide) musical discoveries May 14, 2021

Over the last couple years, I spent a long while trying to figure out a series which could show you how to listen to classical music. How to understand the music, how to appreciate it, how to follow it. There's a lot to go into, but I wanted to make it as accessible as possible. And so, this...

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