What makes a good composer?

Taste in music is subjective.

Sometimes you can appreciate the skill that went into writing or playing a piece without it affecting you emotionally. Sometimes you know a piece is quite simple technically but there’s something about it, be it the soul, the lyrics, or the beat that draws you to it. And then sometimes that you come across a composer who writes music that is pleasing on every level.

Michael Rooney is one. From the moment I heard his music I just knew I would love to get my teeth into it. The interactions between his melodies and chords, the detail, and the sheer tunefulness of his music makes him popular among musicians and audiences alike.

And so I’m thrilled that this Saturday, along with Niamh Crowley, I get to play some of his music with him…we even get to reimagine and play around with some of it.

Here is a clip from today’s rehearsal – it’s called He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven.

PS Congratulations to Marcus Hufsky who won the prize from yesterday’s giveaway. Please get in touch Marcus and let me know which prize you would like. Also a warm welcome to everyone who subscribed yesterday – I hope you enjoy the blogs!

I'm Kieran and I play piano. Actually I do a bit more than just playing - I teach others how to play, and I write music, arrange it and host/produce shows.

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