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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Savvy Jeff Harrington

Modern american composer Jeff Harrington works within the tonal and contrapuntal tradition of the past. Human beings are bound by two legs and two arms, and so are our ears limited in what they can perceive musically. Harmony, rhythm, and consistency are vital to music composition, and junking a long lived legacy as Schoenberg did proved suicidal. Music needs sense, and composers like Shostakovich and Hindemith have shown us that the Classical Tradition can be continued and shaped for a Modern World.

So too, Jeff Harrington, who has not only solid technique, but is ultra-tech savvy, working with mp3s and midis, and making them functional online. His music is gifted to the world, and you can appreciate his Piano Preludes, Violin Sonatas, and tons of other Chamber Music on his web page here.