Composer writes how-to manual

Composer writes how-to manual


norman lebrecht

September 28, 2021

The Scottish maestro Sir James MacMillan has co-written a book, Creative Composition for the Classroom, aimed at kid composers.

The publisher is Trinity College London Press.



  • Titurel says:

    A pity Mozart and Mendelssohn didn’t have this manual.

  • Ruben Greenberg says:

    What a great idea! I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

  • John Borstlap says:

    I also once wrote a composition book for kids. But it appeared that they quickly turned towards serialism because that was easier. And when turned into adults, they flocked to the modernist establishment to keep it upright. Small deeds can have enormous consequences, so Sir James be warned.

  • bebop1971 says:

    I’ll be interested to read this. JM’s choral writing is second to none.

  • Kay Warbrick says:

    What a wonderful idea and how typical of his generosity, openess and community mindedness