David Matthews

David Matthews is writing a piece for the Nash Ensemble and a Sixth Symphony for the 2007 Proms.

Form-Compelling: How to Write a Fugue

David Matthews, 21 September 2006

Counterpoint, the art of combining two or more independent melodic lines, is the prime distinguishing feature of Western music. Music began with monody – unaccompanied melody – and with rhythmic patterns beaten out on sticks and drums: the majority of the world’s folk music is monodic. Often, percussion underlines the rhythm, and sometimes a drone is added, an unchanging...

Vagueness

Hans Keller, 1 May 1980

Whereas clarity does not always produce clarity in its recipient, confusion invariably inspires confusion. C.G. Jung, a mind of confused genius, was a hell-send for Michael Tippett, a veritable...

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