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All the heritages have things to tell us

All the heritages have things to tell us

I can think of two major composers who have made a global impact with their music that needed to be told by someone, it was okay to draw inspiration from the cultural heritages they originated from, in their work as creators of formal art music. One of those composers...

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Who picks the classics?

Who picks the classics?

Artists can aim to create works that will be regarded as timeless classics, or they can decide that the perception of their works in the fullness of time is outside the boundaries of their control. Is there any point in trying to second guess the way that our work...

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Avoiding pigeonholes

Avoiding pigeonholes

“Pigeonholes are for pigeons” is a much quoted comment from an admired diva of blessed memory. In a simple statement, she managed to encapsulate a wide range of thoughts and feelings that motivate many folks to do their life’s work. Labels and categories exist because...

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New social codes in the community

New social codes in the community

A senior musician who happens to come from the same generation as my parents did a great deal to build a community of colleagues and associates dedicated to creating a body of work that could regarded as art music of people of African descent. In his role as an...

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Nurturing a beacon of light

Nurturing a beacon of light

Personality has been defined as “a characteristic way of thinking, feeling and behaving”. Once in a while, someone comes along who has a deep understanding of how to make the most of this quality. He or she becomes a beacon of light that inspires other human beings to...

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Dealing with basic needs

Dealing with basic needs

It is natural to want to be seen, heard and accepted by others. The needs we have from childhood are unlikely to evaporate. As we become increasingly aware of the complexities of group dynamics, many humans look for sophisticated ways and means of achieving those...

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