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Rob J Kennedy

As a composer and arts journalist for several publications in Australia, the arts run through my veins.

Music cast its spell on me as a child. The first instrument I played (notice I said played, not taught to play) was the flute. Over the years I have played, the guitar, the trumpet, the violin, the piano and the recorder. I have had many teachers for most of these instruments, and composition and orchestration, but I am largely self-taught.

Arriving into my teens during the early 1970s had a major influence on the music I listened to and wrote, especially progressive rock. I quickly moved on to “classical” music at 18, when I bought my first piano.

Post-classical music is where my strength and heart is today, although, jazz and baroque music have a strong pull on me. I like to think all three of these styles can be heard in my compositions now.

The orchestra is the goal for a lot of composers. The sound colours, the shape of the music it can create, and the dynamic of the orchestra cannot be matched, in my opinion. The orchestra offers the composer a limitless range of expression techniques, and that’s what music is about for me. Being able to express what I feel as one human in music to another, is the most empathetic form of communication that I know.

Most of music is found here.

Contributed Posts
May 28, 2021 Music is Performance
Apr 23, 2021 Music as Consolation
Apr 16, 2021 The Passion in Classical Music
Apr 9, 2021 Why Isn’t Classical Music Popular?
Apr 2, 2021 What Makes a Masterpiece?
Mar 26, 2021 Can Music Be Intelligent?
Mar 19, 2021 Where Does Music Come From?
Mar 12, 2021 The Message of Music Is the Music Itself
Feb 26, 2021 Interview With a Concert Photographer – Peter Hislop
Feb 5, 2021 Interview With a Maestro – Roland Peelman