002 Site Index
004 Mp3 Index
005 Pianonoise Radio
021 composers and jobs
022 Mozart's dice game
023 Gymnopedie lesson
024 St. Paul Holiday Concert
025 How not to write Musical
026 Is Theory Necessary?
028 The Organ: 1
029 The Organ: 2
030 The Organ: 3
031 Overtone Series
032 Page Turner
033 Anatomy of Piano
034 Plato and Modes
036 Simple Gifts Dictionary
038 Beginning of Notation
039 Pianistic writing?
040 How Music is Written: 1
041 squiggles 2
042 squiggles 3
043 Name: Fugue
044 Godmusic home
045 Weddings 1
046 Weddings 2 (form)
047 Weddings 3 (Q & A)
049 Studio Page
052 hotdog Review
053 Political Rhetoric
055 Greece 1
056 Greece 2
057 Greece 3
059 Music and Uses
060 Universal Language
061 When to Clap
062 Hail to the...
063 Hot Buttons
064 Sandwich Artist
066 Primary Colors
067 Simple Gifts (essay)
068 Speak for yourself
069 Topping the Charts
070 Freud and Mendelssohn
071 Godmusic blogs 1
072 FUMC planning
073 Music and Math
074 Godmusic: Praisebands
076 The Noise 1
077 Musical Writings 1
078 Godmusic: Traditional 1
079 enharmonic spellings
080 Musical Writings 2
081 The Noise 2
082 Godmusic blogs 2
083 The Noise 3
084 Godmusic: CPM (piano)
085 Musical Writings 3
086 squiggles 4
087 Guide to the isms
088 Godmusic blogs 3
089 Godmusic: 2010-11
090 Who Cares if they Listen
091 Godmusic blogs 4
092 Godmusic: improvisation
093 Godmusic: 2011-12
094 Musical Writings 4
095 Godmusic: 2012-13
096 Godmusic blogs 5
097 Godmusic 2013-14
098 Godmusic 2014-15
Pianonoise currently has around 100 web pages of various
kinds of writing, music, pictures, and videos. It is a rather motley
assortment, and all of it can be accessed from this index page (as well
as the search box on the right)
Site Map and Archived writings and
welcome and index pages
Site Index You are here!
all the nitty gritty details about the webmaestro and his strange domain
access to all the sound files on the site
Articles about composers
Note: These are not straight biographies. If you want to
know when a composer was born and what his most famous works were, there are
thousands of places to go find that information. Instead, these articles explore
some aspect of the composer's character, his or her environment, relationships,
or an incident from their lives or career. In most cases there are accompanying
MP3 files of their music you can listen to as well.
|Bach, J. S
And now, a word
from our friend, Mr. Bach:
Some friendly, or perhaps
not-so-friendly advice about organ playing.
It's Only the Truth If You Can Yell the
writes a letter to the editor
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Everything, Unless you are a Legend
-- what did Beethoven
long, strange trip it must have been: Bach travels 250
miles to hear Buxtehude
Gottschalk, Louis Moreau
Not Your Average
Louis Moreau Gottschalk tours the United States during the Civil War
Respecting Mr. Joplin Joplin's battle to bring dignity to his
person and his art
Thank you, Mr. Freud
composers are human beings. Which, alas, makes them pretty
irrational. So much so that many of them didn't wait around for the
advent of psychoanalysis to be born, write great works, throw
themselves into rivers, and die. What would Freud have to say about
all this? You'll have to ask him. This essay's only concern is the
relatively tame case of Felix Mendelssohn.
The Sunshine Composer Answers his
Critics Was he just too nice to produce great art?
Not bad, for a
five-year old: Mozart's first compositions
Friends Like These... pals dish a little gossip about
Hieronymus and Jacob
'The Three Mayors':
Michael, Hieronymus, and Jacob Praetorius in the digital age
Erik Satie, the Individual
The Solace of Noble
Strange Employment of Domenico Scarlatti
Back to School with
Franz Schubert Schubert chooses the last week of his
short life to start taking counterpoint lessons
All I want for Christmas is to have my mentor and roommate
completely trash my piano concerto A heartwarming
anecdote regarding one of the most popular pieces in the repertoire
Other Articles on Music
instruments and the people who play them
The Anatomy of the Piano
Thousands of parts, tons of pressure, hundreds of precision
adjustments--a karaoke machine this isn't!
The Behemoth of Instruments
Inside the mighty pipe organ
part two: the pipe room
part three: how to register a complaint
(hardee har har
A brief guide to the things musicians do
an essay on same
Don't your fingers get tired?
A friendly question and answer page for the
A Page Turner's Survival Guide
How to get an up-close look at your favorite
I Survived the St.
Paul's School Holiday Concert
The closest thing to a blow-by-blow description of
being a pianist during a concert I've come up with so far!
things you might not know about classical music
Koechel, God Bless You!
What's the deal with those funny numbers?
What's With all the Italian?
Have you ever wondered why musical terms
always seem to be in Italian?
On the Nature of Harmony:
(Orthodoxy and the Overtone Series) What makes
harmony so, er, harmonious?
Wonderful World of Enharmonic Spellings Wouldn't the world
be a nicer place without F-double sharp? Well....
A Semi-brief Explanation of When to Clap
Afraid to enter the cathedrals of
music because you might genuflect at the wrong time? Then, would-be
concert-goers, this is for you!
from early to recent
Can You Believe What They're Listening To These Days? An
Early Culture Critic Speaks Out
(Plato tries to keep it simple, and free from pernicious
The Birth of Musical
(the Pope gets "inspired" by the thought of
Take this Job and...Great
Composers and their employers
If They Don't Sue
You, Is it Still Stealing?
Sergei Rachmaninoff weighs in on the subject of
illegal downloading, with a brief history of the art of helping
yourself, musically speaking
to the 'Isms' (a thumbnail guide to music in
the 20th century)
department of musical mythology...
Math Music is just math in
(articles for fellow musicians more than
When Is a Piano not a piano?
How most of
our greatest pianist-composers didn't know how to write for their
instrument, according to some of our mediocre academicians.
Is Music theory Really Necessary?
Would I deserve a doctorate if I didn't
answer "yes and no"?
|Inside the Music
(the creative act of writing and understanding music)
The Gymnopedie Project:
students take on the eccentric Frenchman
by writing their own
Taking a Chance with the Music: Mozart's Dice Game
(you too can play at composing music)
What's in a name: Fugue
How Not to Write a Musical
speculation on the graphic representation of sounds...
Looks Like it Sounds--or, those bizarre squiggles
we call music.
Why do we write music the way we do
and is it actually the best method? Dare we ask?
(the staff that ate
(mock some sages, clefs for me)
(it's about time)
Part Four (in perfect harmony)
|What's the meaning
Essays on Art and society
Does art have to pass a qualifying exam? (2003)
Speak For Yourself
Gates spark the usual diatribes about what art isn't, but it's not
coming from the critics (2004)
Music and Its Uses, United States, circa 2010 Music in the 21st
century is about as plentiful as running water, electricity, and food,
and is often treated as such. (2007)
The Universal Language of Mankind
After reading this essay, you will agree with everything I have to say.
If you don't, go find yourself another universe, buddy. (2006)
Topping the Charts
An Uberpopular cell phone ringtone signals the decline of civilization
for those who like to lament this sort of thing (2005)
Does it matter if
we care if you listen? Milton Babbitt's
controversial article struck another nerve in the war between high and
low art (2009)
as organist of Faith United Methodist
Church in Champaign, Illinois, I frequently post music I play for
services as well as bulletin commentary, and other resources as
blogs about musical issues
the Godmusic (non-musical) blog
planning ahead for
members of Faith
is mostly unhelpful unless you are involved in planning services at our
If you happen to be planning a wedding at the
above church, you might find these pages helpful.
page two: the email form (currently non-functional)
page three: FAQ and
our sound system
a more-or-less monthly column about things
non-musical, or perhaps about 'the music of men's lives' to borrow a
phrase from Shakespeare--Now with a series of archived pages of previous
To Your Health /
Friendship, Limited /
Normal Americans /
Uncivil Wars / Inventing A
Bad News: You May Actually Be your Brother's Keeper
Things I Read In the Newspaper /
Testing / Don't Take Your Car to Champaign Auto Sales and Repair /
Just Having a Beer /
What Really Happened? /
Get Reel! /
Toward A theory of Swearing /
Conversion Rate /
Dwarf Planet This! /
The Sound and the Fuhrer /
Bush Made Us Dumber /
OMG! We Were Just Kidding! /
Notes from the Blagosphere
'Classic Noise' (pre-2009) :
Some people may have learned
everything they needed to know in kindergarten, but I found first grade
a pretty valuable learning experience, too (2003)
Once upon a time, the state of Maryland had a Republican governor. And
he got some people mad at him.... (2003)
They Really Named It Twice A civil look at civic pride, civic
snobbery, and civic inferiority complexes (2004)
Hail to the....
Another round in the endless cultural debate. Here it concerns the late
lamented symbol of the Fightin' Illini (of the University of Illinois),
and who should or shouldn't be happy about its demise. (2006)
public service with a side of sarcasm
guide to political rhetoric
I still, after
many years, have only gotten around to chronicling one trip. It was,
however, a wonderful experience. Shortly before the apocalypse I may get
around to further installments!
trip to Greece (2004)
one of the oldest pages on the site, it contains
pictures of a very polite and personable feline with whom I've been
privileged to share a domecile.
anytime I needed to add something parenthetically,
I stuck a hyperlinked asterisk that steers you to this page. It should
more properly be called endnotes, but I couldn't resist the pun.