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  • The bassoon—its low, murky depths combined with its generally sickly timbre, agility and thin, bloodless top—is perfectly cast for the role of the legendary deep-sea monster in Tennyson's famous poem “The Kraken.”

    Benjamin Britten’s “Nocturne” Part 3 – “Below the Thunders of the Upper Deep”

    The bassoon—its low, murky depths combined with its generally sickly timbre, agility and thin, bloodless top—is perfectly cast for the role of the legendary deep-sea monster in Tennyson's famous poem “The Kraken.”

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  • The first movement of Benjamin Britten's "Nocturne", set to Shelly's exquisite text from his Prometheus Unbound, carries the keys that unite and bring understanding the rest of the work, allowing the great denouement in the last movement to arrive with all its power.

    Benjamin Britten’s “Nocturne” Part 2 – “On a Poet’s Lips I Slept”

    The first movement of Benjamin Britten's "Nocturne", set to Shelly's exquisite text from his Prometheus Unbound, carries the keys that unite and bring understanding the rest of the work, allowing the great denouement in the last movement to arrive with all its power.

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  • An investigation into the meaning of Britten’s song cycle for tenor and chamber orchestra "Nocturne" from his use of key, tonality, chromaticism, rhythm, instrumentation and accompaniment figuration, and setting of poetry.

    Benjamin Britten’s “Nocturne” Part 1 – Introduction

    An investigation into the meaning of Britten’s song cycle for tenor and chamber orchestra "Nocturne" from his use of key, tonality, chromaticism, rhythm, instrumentation and accompaniment figuration, and setting of poetry.

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  • For many teens who study music the question eventually comes up: should I major in music in college? The answer to this question is not easy. Ultimately, it will require some personal soul-searching along with plenty of counsel from the student’s teachers and parents. It requires an analysis of whether the student is well suited—in musical skill, work ethic and determination—for studying music in college and, most importantly, what realistic life and career goals that course of study will serve. If big these questions are answered satisfactorily, majoring in music can not only be a very rewarding collegiate experience, but the opening to a world of both future satisfaction and financial stability.

    Making the Decision to Major in Music in College

    For many teens who study music the question eventually comes up: should I major in music in college? The answer to this question is not easy. Ultimately, it will require some personal soul-searching along with plenty of counsel from the student’s teachers and parents. It requires an analysis of whether the student is well suited—in musical skill, work ethic and determination—for studying music in college and, most importantly, what realistic life and career goals that course of study will serve. If big these questions are answered satisfactorily, majoring in music can not only be a very rewarding collegiate experience, but the opening to a world of both future satisfaction and financial stability.

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  • This is a question to which every music major must developed a strong, satisfactory answer. What are your goals in pursuing a degree in music? Are they reasonable? Will they lead to a career in which you can support yourself and your family? Do you love music enough to make it this big of a part of your life?  A music degree can take you in a lot of directions, often ones that you never anticipated as you began. It is your responsibility to make sure you end up where you want to go.

    Why Major in Music?

    This is a question to which every music major must developed a strong, satisfactory answer. What are your goals in pursuing a degree in music? Are they reasonable? Will they lead to a career in which you can support yourself and your family? Do you love music enough to make it this big of a part of your life? A music degree can take you in a lot of directions, often ones that you never anticipated as you began. It is your responsibility to make sure you end up where you want to go.

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  • You have been preparing your whole life in school to enter into a major such as math, science or literature in college.  Music is no easy exception.  A music major entering into college is expected to have a set of skills and knowledge that also take years to develop.  Here is a quick overview of what those expectation are.

    What Can I do Now to Prepare for Majoring in Music in College?

    You have been preparing your whole life in school to enter into a major such as math, science or literature in college. Music is no easy exception. A music major entering into college is expected to have a set of skills and knowledge that also take years to develop. Here is a quick overview of what those expectation are.

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  • Giving children voice lessons can be a safe and rewarding experience, provided it is done right.  It can prevent them from damaging their voices and prepare them for a lifetime of high quality singing.

    How to Teach Children to Sing

    Giving children voice lessons can be a safe and rewarding experience, provided it is done right. It can prevent them from damaging their voices and prepare them for a lifetime of high quality singing.

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  • The legacy of the castrati has continued to invisibly affect opera even until today. As castrati disappeared, their expertise of lightness and agility went out of demand as power and expression became the new aesthetic. Still, we marvel at the chimera of the past, ambiguous creatures of an age that performed at a level we can never attain.

    The Castrati (Part 6): Modern Mythology and Unseen Influence

    The legacy of the castrati has continued to invisibly affect opera even until today. As castrati disappeared, their expertise of lightness and agility went out of demand as power and expression became the new aesthetic. Still, we marvel at the chimera of the past, ambiguous creatures of an age that performed at a level we can never attain.

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  • At their height in the late 1700s, castrati were popular all over Europe in opera seria, as well as as composers, dramatists, court performers, and teachers. By then, however, they had already begun to be scarce.

    The Castrati (Part 5): Decline of the Castrati

    At their height in the late 1700s, castrati were popular all over Europe in opera seria, as well as as composers, dramatists, court performers, and teachers. By then, however, they had already begun to be scarce.

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  • The instrument created through this partnership of altered nature and arduous nurture had a profound effect on voice training as well as a musical movement already craving for the spectacular. The unprecedented skill of the castrati demanded improvements in singing technique for all voice types. With the acceptance of the castrato voice, preferences of timbre also began to change so clear and strong voices were favored over soft and airy.

    The Castrati (Part 4): The Castrati Effect

    The instrument created through this partnership of altered nature and arduous nurture had a profound effect on voice training as well as a musical movement already craving for the spectacular. The unprecedented skill of the castrati demanded improvements in singing technique for all voice types. With the acceptance of the castrato voice, preferences of timbre also began to change so clear and strong voices were favored over soft and airy.

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