Now and then I’ll share with you some song studies I’ve been working on. “Bye Bye Blackbird” is a song published in 1926 by the American composer Ray Henderson and lyricist Mort Dixon. It is considered a popular standard and … Continue reading
Last semester I took a class with Greg Hopkins about arranging for large ensemble. Earlier I have been writing about how fantastic of a musician and teacher Greg is – click here to read more about him 🙂 …
In the ‘writing for large ensemble’ – class we studied the music of Duke Ellington, his way of composing and arranging. I must say that I already was a big fan of his music, but now even more. What a legacy!
Noteworthy to mention is that the Smithsonian Institution in DC holds the Duke Ellington Archive/library with an enormous collection of original scores of Duke. And, you can visit this library by appointment! But there is a lot information on the website of the Smithsonian. Here something fun I stumbled upon 🙂