Terry Riley: The Piano Works

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“The story starts down on Mrs. Halton’s chicken farm on the back road from Colfax to Weimar, California during WWII.  My mother and I were living with my grandparents in the beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills where my father, a US Marine, was off fighting the Japanese in the Pacific for 3 years.  Each Saturday my Read More

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Compose Yourself: Learning From The Rule-Breakers

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This week’s Compose Yourself demonstrates that many music students often forget that the best composers are also the best listeners.  That’s certainly where Richard gets all of his ideas from – other composers, past and present!  Here’s his list of 5 counter-intuitive genius ideas that should get you thinking…..and composing! The First Movement of Mahler’s Read More

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Musicroom Meets: Jeff Beal (Composer of ‘House Of Cards’ Theme)

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Here at Musicroom HQ we caught up with three-time Emmy-winning composer Jeff Beal, who explained his compositional process for that haunting and hypnotic House of Cards Theme. If you’ve been keeping up with the series you’ll know how crucial the music is, and in our video Jeff shows how he wrote each theme to fit Read More

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Learn To Play Day: 5 Books To Get You Going

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Learn To Play Day has been and gone, we were running some pretty mind blowing free taster lessons in our shops, hopefully you managed to get along to a shop near you – thank you to everyone that came along and had a blast. Check out our Twitter feed to see some of the lovely Read More

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