Literature

Pen, Pencil or Keyboard

When I’m online, I’m alone in a room, tapping on a keyboard, staring at a cathode-ray tube. — Clifford Stoll Someone once asked me why I compose music in longhand rather than using computer music software such as Sibelius or Finale. I don’t do much of that kind of composing, and when I do I like to force myself to focus on what I have written, which helps me to fine-tune it and find mistakes. I need occasional reality checks when I write in different clefs and do transposing. Sometimes I get distracted and start writing the viola part in…

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