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Music After Five: Be Your Own Composer


Be Your Own Composer

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Music After Five: Be Your Own Composer
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As part of the New England Conservatory’s “Music After Five” series of evening concerts, Gunther Schuller, President of the Conservatory and a noted composer in his own right, has come up with a way to show you what its like to be your own composer. His method involves having people invent non-musical musical instruments (meaning anything that can produce sound, from an eggbeater to a balloon) and letting them “compose” within simple musical structures.

See January 1973 Prime Time program guide for story.



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Performance for a Live Audience
Chicago: “Music After Five: Be Your Own Composer,” 01/08/1973, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed July 17, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_725B52BF226C4F94BF092468B0B07504.
MLA: “Music After Five: Be Your Own Composer.” 01/08/1973. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. July 17, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_725B52BF226C4F94BF092468B0B07504>.
APA: Music After Five: Be Your Own Composer. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_725B52BF226C4F94BF092468B0B07504
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