Works in Progress

Debra Lynn's Compositional Journey


June 2021


Leonard Bernstein¬†(1918-1990) This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before. A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day, a... Continue Reading →

What’s the Score?: Episode #22 Stravinsky’s thematic use of thirds in “The Firebird”

Episode #22: 27 June, 2021 Debra offers a thematic walk-through of Igor Stravinsky's ballet "The Firebird" with particular attention to his use of thirds as a compositional building block. (55 mins) Terms: Arpeggio Chromaticism col legno Diminished Pentatonic Round Dance... Continue Reading →

J. S. Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul. I play the notes as they are written, but it is God who makes the music. There is nothing... Continue Reading →


Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) If there is anyone here whom I have not insulted, I beg his pardon. Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind. The idea comes to me from outside of me -- and is... Continue Reading →

My Sabbatical Corona-Bonus

11 June, 2021 Summer-Fall of 2020 was the third sabbatical during my tenure at Manchester University. I had no idea when I applied for that sabbatical, it would end up occurring during the Coronavirus pandemic. What a surreal experience that... Continue Reading →

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