If You Can Read A Comic, You Can Write A Song. If You Can Speak Italian.

bleedingcool_001P. Alessandro Polito writes:

I'm a musician. I taught composition at the Conservatory – in Italy, is the highest school grade for musical studies – for several years. Often, some books that try to teach you how compose music are boring. Others are very boring. I felt my students were in need of something special. Something new. And so I imagined Herr Kompositor.

Since 2005, I've drawn a weekly comic strip. My little characters are musicians: all their problems are related to the world of music. They give a smile to the reader every week. To my knowledge, Herr Kompositor is the only music strip in Italy. But the book is another story. It took me five years to write and draw Herr Kompositor – Write a song!

At the age of 5 years old, I already read comics. To tell the truth, I looked at only the pictures without understanding what were written in the balloons. With the help of the comics, I learned to read. Similarly, I hope with the help of Herr Kompositor – Write a song! my readers want to take a pencil in their hand and try to write a song!


The book works: I tried it on all my students … and I also found a music publishing editor – which is, probably, the most important in Italy in the field of music education – who believed in me.

Herr Kompositor is both a manual and a comic book. The reader may choose to read only the comic, jumping lessons, or just read the lessons and do the exercises or read the book in one breath, putting aside the exercises, and discover a little Bildungsroman !

The book is a bizarre cross between "Guitarist in 24 hours" and "A Valentine for Charlie Brown". A love story between children is the heart of the comic. Love and music: what's new, right? The book will help you conquer the boy/girl of your dreams. I hope you will support it. The book is in Italian. You can find it here in Italy and in America…

Still in Italian, though. Bye!

P.S. It worked for me: I married the colorist, Laura Pederzoli, after she finished!

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