I’m in the middle of a very busy week, so I’m not going to get to write a songwriting post until next Monday. This week I’ve been conducting Symphony Nova Scotia as they do some school concerts in various schools in Halifax.
I always love doing these concerts, because for many of the students we perform for, they’ve never heard a symphony orchestra perform live — it’s their first experience hearing live orchestral music.
Also, a good number of these students are beginners in their school’s band or string program, so for them, they’re hearing their instrument being played professionally, also, at least in may cases, for the first time.
Here’s something else I love about doing symphony concerts for young children: they haven’t locked themselves into a favourite genre yet. For them, if it’s good, it’s good. They’ll cheer as loudly for Mozart as they’d probably cheer for any pop singer you can name.
In this series of concerts, the overall theme is happiness, and how composers write music that manages to make us feel cheerful. I’ve got one of my own tunes on there, an arrangement of various Nova Scotian folk songs called “Nova Scotia Is My Home”, and if I can, I’ll see if I can sneak a recording of it and post it online sometime soon.
If you’d like to have a listen to some of the other music we’re playing, you can find these pieces on YouTube: “Rigaudon”, from Ravel’s “Tombeau de Couperin”, “Juba Dance” By Florence Price, “Romanian Polka” by Bela Bartok, and “Maple Leaf Rag” by Scott Joplin.
I’ll get back to writing songwriting articles next Monday. In the meantime, I hope you’re all having a great week, and that your songwriting is going well!
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