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Rob J Kennedy

Rob J Kennedy AvatarAs 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 24, 2019 The Jigsaw Puzzle of Music
May 17, 2019 The Magic of Music
May 10, 2019 Is There a Language in Music?
May 3, 2019 Music is the Rule
Apr 26, 2019 If It Sounds Good, It Is Good
Apr 19, 2019 Understanding Cultures through Classical Music
Apr 12, 2019 The Fig and Classical Music
Apr 6, 2019 What’s in Music?