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Steve Scott and the Bowed Piano
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For over 25 years Stephen Scott has been bowing and plucking the inside of the piano. Watch his 12 piece ensemble play "Entrada." This video was created by MPR's own Amy Scott of Marketplace (Stephen's daughter.)
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Can We Talk?
How do you make & record your music?
Created by Julia Schrenkler on 9/30/04 at 10:05 AM

Logic Pro? Garage band? Customed out freeware or your own app? Or do you go old school?

How do you get your music into a medium that you can share?

From the Mind of a Composer
document Jerome Kitzke
"I think you find your audience by not thinking about that very much. You're just doing your job and doing your work and not worrying about, let's say, being rejected or accepted. I've been writing music for 32 years and I've just kept plugging away at it. I just do it, and I put some effort into getting the pieces played; I send scores out, all that stuff. In New York I created my own band. That's a very good way to start to gain an audience...I thought, 'Let me just get my stuff out there,' you know. It's out there, it's out there and it got a little bit of notice and word of mouth occurs. "
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