New Music Friday: The Ring of Brodgar

The Ring of Brodgar, located in the Orkney Islands of Scotland, is an enormous stone circle dating back to the 3rd millennium BC, making it older than Stonehenge and the great pyramids of Egypt. In addition to being an astronomical observatory, the Ring’s 60 stones served as a sacred, magical and mysterious ceremonial site. The […]

Music From and Inspired by Spain and Latin America

Music in Spain has a lengthy history. It had a significant impact on Latin American music and was crucial in the evolution of Western music. Flamenco and classical guitar, two traditional styles of Spanish music, are commonly associated with the country. While these genres of music are common, the regions also have a diverse spectrum […]

New Music Friday: The Fortress of Shadows

This piece was inspired by Dunscaith Castle, a ruined castle on the coast of the Isle of Skye in northwest Scotland. Also called “The Fortress of Shadows,” it is named after and was the home of the warrior maiden Scáthach the Shadow, a legendary Scottish warrior woman, and martial arts teacher who trained the hero […]

New Music Friday: Three Yuletide Carols

Yule comes from a name for a 12-day festival, celebrated by Germanic peoples, around the winter solstice in December and January. By the 900s (yes, that long ago), yule was already mapped on the Christian celebration of Christmas and its surrounding festivities. In modern use, the word Yuletide is occasionally invoked as a synonym for […]

The Importance of Developing Sight-Reading Skills

Music educators generally agree that the ability to sight-read is an important skill, necessary for the development of independent learners, and an indispensable part of training for musicians. According to Joyce Eastlund Gromko, “Just as reading comprehension is a basic component of most standardized tests of language arts literacy, so music sight-reading is a critical […]

New Music Friday: Song Without Words

This work, originally titled “Lied” comes from a set of works for solo piano. About Song Without Words View Score 00:00 00:00 No title 00:00 This work offers students access to the music of an important and under-recognized composer. The dynamics and expressive markings of the original piano version have, for the most part, been […]

13 Halloween Titles for Your Fall Orchestra Concert

Haunted houses! Vampires! Pirates! It’s always fun to include a Halloween piece (or two!) at your October concerts and Tempo Press has you covered for scary and spooky orchestra music.  There are original pieces by Mark Barnard, Jason Krug, Thom Sharp, and more. Plus, arrangements from Sandra Dackow, Robert McCashin, and Robert Longfield.  So whether […]

New Music Friday: Nordlys

The northern lights, or aurora borealis, are called Nordlys in Norwegian. The part of Norway above the Arctic Circle may be the best place to observe nature’s incredible light show. Science says auroras occur when charged particles ejected from the sun strike the earth’s atmosphere, ionizing gas molecules like a neon sign. But those who […]