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About Hank

Welcome to the blog on the website of Hank Hehmsoth. Here you'll find many and varied writings of Hank Hehmsoth, from opinions, to articles and videos from related topics, and last but not least, his music. Hank frequently gives readings and talks in the Austin/San Marcos area as well as the rest of the country. If you are a creative composer or music professor and are interested in Hank teaching a master class on improvisation, composition, and related topics, such as jazz piano and harmony, at your college or university, contact him directly.

Music Braille Code

I joined a U.S. government-sponsored exchange program to distribute Braille Music Notation Guides (both printed and in Braille) among Latin American Universities and libraries. The guides, music examples, exercises, and a double CD with recorded examples will expand the access … Continue reading

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Sir Noël Coward

“Wit is like caviar – it should be served in small portions and not spread about like marmalade.” “Extraordinary how potent cheap music is.” “Work is much more fun than fun.” “We have no reliable guarantee that the afterlife will … Continue reading

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Mozart

Today is the birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, born in Salzburg, Austria (1756). By the age of five, he was proficient at the violin and piano and had begun composing. In his short lifetime, he composed more than 600 works … Continue reading

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Mercy

Mercy by Stephen Dunn The music was fidgety, arch, an orchestral version of twang. Welcome to atonal hell, welcome to the execution of a theory, I kept thinking, thinking, thinking. I hadn’t felt a thing. Was it old fashioned of … Continue reading

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Flaubert on Creativity

“Happy are they who don’t doubt themselves and whose pens fly across the page. I myself hesitate, I falter, I become angry and fearful, my drive diminishes as my taste improves, and I brood more over an ill-suited word than … Continue reading

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A Glimpse into Personal Creativity

A description of her inner work and creative impulses by best-selling poet Sharon Olds : “I said to free will or the pagan god of making things, or whoever, let me write my own stuff. I’ll give up everything I’ve learned, … Continue reading

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Georgia O’Keeffe

      It’s the birthday of American artist Georgia O’Keeffe, born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin (1887). She studied art in college and then supported herself teaching art at various colleges, but she found that teaching left her no time for … Continue reading

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some fast quotes for composers

“Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.” Mark Twain “You never know what you’ll want to write until it starts writing itself in your head.” Jill Ker Conway “There’s a whole language out … Continue reading

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An Interesting Day – Michaelmas Sept 29

      In the Christian world, today is Michaelmas, feast day of the archangel Michael, which was a very important day in times past, falling near the equinox and so marking the fast darkening of the days in the … Continue reading

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The Last Steinway

It was on this day in 1853 that Henry Steinway, who had come here from Hamburg in 1849, sold his first American-made piano. He introduced the first cast-iron frame, which allowed a piano to be strung with greater tension on … Continue reading

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