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Marc Sabatella

Analyze this!

published3 months ago
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Hello, thanks again for all the comments and suggestions regarding ideas for the Music Master Class! I've got a number of things I'll be putting into place gradually as a result, starting with addressing one common thread I heard in quite a few comments: the desire the understand a wider variety of music - including larger-scale works - through analysis. So come join us this Thursday and get underway as we begin to chart these waters.

MuseScore Café

This week in the MuseScore Café with Marc Sabatella, it's time for our first-Wednesday Ask Me Anything series. Come prepared with your questions, and I'll do my best to answer. If I'll need to see your score in order to answer, please post it ahead of time to the Conversation space.

The MuseScore Café is live on Wednesday at 12:30 PM Eastern (16:30 GMT), and you can access past episodes in the archive.

Tip of the Week

Every so often - more often than we'd like! - someone finds MuseScore simply won't play any sound. Sometimes this happens right away when they first install, other times it all works for a while then suddenly stops. There are a number of reasons this can possibly happen, and we have an FAQ article addressing this. In case this ever happens to you, here is the article: https://musescore.org/en/node/96811

Music Master Class

As mentioned, I plan to start some more new things in coming weeks, in response to your great suggestions. We'll begin talking about what's involved in analyzing a larger work, and we'll look at some of your submissions in these same sorts of terms.

The Music Master Class is live on Thursday at 12:30 PM Eastern (16:30 GMT), and you can access past episodes in the archive.

In Theory

Last year, we discussed sonata form - also called sonata-allegro form. Although most of the examples we looked at were relatively short as sonata movements go, this same basic form also applies to some more monumental works, including major symphonies. In preparation for thinking more about analysis, you might want to review some of those classes. Here's a particularly relevant segment. You don't have to listen to whole thing - the first fifteen minutes or so from the start point here is the most importand: