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LINES OF ENQUIRY | This Countersubject Came in Like a Wrecking Ball

By Curtis Perry on September 2, 2014

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Did Miley Cyrus (or her songwriter) write a pretty good fugue subject? Milano-based Italian composer Giovanni Dettori makes a pretty convincing argument with his four-voice arrangement, coaxing ever more ingenious strains from the source material, coalescing “high” and “low” into a modern paean to the baroque.

Visit Dettori’s YouTube channel for more, including some smart contrapuntal variations of Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson, and others. If nothing else, Dettori presents a compelling demonstration of how to incorporate the craft of JSB and his ilk with fugal subjects that most people will recognize – and, given this strong recognition of the subject, might better appreciate the ways that the subject is being countered and altered throughout the composition.

You’ll also find hours’ worth of harmony and counterpoint lessons, which may be useful whether you’re a student, a professor seeking supplementary materials, or simply looking to brush up.

Discover more of Dettori’s work in TV, cinema, and theatre here.

Curtis Perry

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THE SCOOP | Man Disrupts Choir By Blowing A Whistle During Concert

By Anya Wassenberg on June 13, 2019

Newly released video captures a bizarre incident in Toronto where a man entered a choral performance and began blowing a whistle.
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COFFEE BREAK | Russell Braun Talks About His Upcoming Show At Luminato About Hollywood Composer (VIDEO)

By Michael Vincent on June 14, 2019

Renowned baritone Russell Braun talks about Hell’s Fury, The Hollywood Songbook, a new music theatre production at Luminato portraying the life of composer Hanns Eisler.
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