Welcome To The Composer’s Corner!

Hello, and welcome! There is not much to see just yet, but I will be taking care of that soon. I have a couple initial plans for the blog:

1. I will be posting a lot of info and articles on my current project, the “Requiem For Victims of the 2010 Earthquake in Haiti.” It’s a composition for carillon, choir, percussion, and brass quintet that I’ve been working on since January 2010. But more on that later!
2. There will be a series of “Influential Works”, where I post links to musical works that have been influential in my composing; more specifically, in the composing of my current piece, the requiem. They will be accessible to the average listener, and I will do my best to make some insightful comments on each work. Look for them to come out every week or so.
3. I will also post and discuss articles on classical music of general interest that explore the current topics being debated in classical music today, including questions of how and why classical music is still relevant today, why it’s listening audience is so small, and what can be done about that (or if anything should be done at all!)

So, check back every so often for these projects. I will do my best to work on the blog pretty regularly, but if I’m rather busy (hopefully working on the requiem!), there might be some delays.

See you soon!

Martin Connor is a music teacher & writer from Philadelphia, PA, with a music degree of high distinction from Duke University who is currently studying for a master’s degree at Brandeis University in Boston, MA, while focusing his research on the vocal melodies of the rap genre. He has contributed freelance articles to HipHopDX, Complex, and Pigeons and Planes, and had multiple articles from his website, www.RapAnalysis.com go viral on BET, The Source, XXL, and MTV. He teaches rap lessons online through the music school LessonFace, and has a book, The Artistry Of Rap Music, forthcoming from the McFarland Publishing House, scheduled for release in late 2017, as a follow-up to his 2014 contribution to their anthology "Eminem & Rap, Poetry, Race." He welcomes all comments, compliments, insults, and restaurant suggestions at [email protected].

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