Writing Music


One of the most challenging aspects of contemporary composition can be understanding the instrument(s) you're writing for. This series aims to help with that!

Each month, we'll upload a new hands-on guide to an instrument, by a professional composer or performer. They'll give you the lowdown on all the interesting sounds and devices they can make, and show you how those sounds work. Enjoy!



With Rebecca Burden

Professional cellist Rebecca Burden presents a wide range of extended techniques as an introduction into contemporary classical music composition for the cello.



With Lizzie Knatt

Professional recorder player Lizzie Knatt showcases her instrument and its vast capabilities in this introduction to contemporary composition for the recorder.



With Nathan Barker

Experienced horn player Nathan Barker gives a brief introduction to his instrument, its wide range of capabilities and common mistakes to avoid.