Category: Musical Musings

Translating A Sunset

As musicians, we translate written music—the composer’s instructions and all the technical demands—into an active, emotional experience for an audience. During our rehearsals, we often discuss where we think a piece is going—the story it’s telling, the images it brings to our minds, or…

Listening for Silence

In our annual winter concert, Manitou Winds presents a program of music, poetry, and prose inspiring you to embrace winter. Embracing winter can be tricky for some of us as it tends to arrive on our doorstep with a significant amount of baggage, doesn’t…

Dancing in the Sky

In her latest work, “Sky Dance”, Laura composed both the music and the lyrics, arranging for flute, clarinet, ukulele, guitar, harp, and a very special mother-daughter vocal duet.

Conferring with the Sun

“Sun Songs” by Jenni Brandon collects sacred poetry from three different Native American tribes, examining their beautiful and harmonious relationship with the earth. The work—a seamless song cycle containing three songs—demonstrates Jenni’s transcendent flair for “tone painting”.

A Bunch of Nonsense?

Can a composer use words to play with music rather than using music to play with words?

One Ambivalent Shepherd

We explore one of Franz Schubert’s most celebrated lieder and learn how music and words can become inseparable.

What’s in a Title?

With an evocative title and the composer’s clever use of colorful composition techniques, each audience member can journey to the destination the composer intends, and yet each can experience a different story or scene.

Music Speaks: The Art of Collaboration

We visit Possum Hollow, the home and gallery of our Spring 2017 collaborating artist, Margie Guyot.

St. Basil’s Hymn

In our annual winter concert, Manitou Winds presents a program of music, poetry, and prose inspiring you to embrace winter. Have you ever heard a tune that just kinda grabbed you by surprise and then stuck around? We have a lot of terms for…

A Manitou Christmas Medley

In our annual winter concert, Manitou Winds presents a program of music, poetry, and prose inspiring you to embrace winter. As creative director of Manitou Winds, I spend a lot of time searching through titles and listening to music, curating the individual pieces that…

Three Fiddle Tunes

The suite is arranged for flute, clarinet, & harp, and contains three distinct movements. “I wanted each to capture a different mood or scene you might expect to find during a céilidh—the Scottish-Gaelic word for a party with singing, dancing, and storytelling,” Jason explains.

Summer Waltzes Out

As I was writing this short waltz, I was picturing a hot and humid summer night, with a warm wind blowing and the cicadas and crickets chirping…

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