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Julia Wolfe's Steel Hammer

18 December 2016
The Bang on a Can composers are now in the enviable position to compose and produce evening-length works. David Lang’s “love fail” & “Little Match Girl” were followed in 2014 by Julia Wolfe’s “Steel …
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The Volans Speech

22 August 2016
above: composer Eleanor Cory It’s here: https://www.cmc.ie/features/if-you-need-audience-we-dont-need-you Enthusiastically in agreement. One difference: Short works are ok. Regarding young composers, RSF has taken risks on behalf of young …
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A Response to Taruskin

22 August 2016
above: Cellist/composer Franklin Cox performing at the University of British Columbia. Click below to see Franklin Cox’s impressive accounting of Taruskin problematics——> http://www.searchnewmusic.org/cox_review.pdf a few …
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On Having Been and Still Being a Wuorinen Fan

8 June 2016
Conductor & percussionist Ray DesRoches was a powerful mentor to so many people who were young once. He exuded irresistible, infectious enthusiasm for the composers he loved. One of those was Charles Wuorinen. I have had great success as a Wuorinen …
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"Equal proportions" in 12-tone music

14 May 2016
There is a misconception about twelve tone music that persists even among those who do not hate the idea of 12-tone music. I am not Stephen Peles, I am not Frank Brickle, nor am I John Rahn or Ben Boretz, but someone has to try to clarify this, and I …
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Milton Babbitt and the Erotics of Inversion

14 May 2016
There were many things I’d hoped to accomplish before Milton Babbitt’s 100th Birthday. This is another thing that didn’t get done. Babbitt & The Erotics of Inversion This piece began as a lecture at the Universidad Veracruzana in …
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Bethany Beardslee Winham's upcoming memoir

28 April 2016
The clipping above is from a Newseek article that covered Bethany Beardsley Winham’s premiere of Vision & Prayer in 1961. “I don’t think in terms of the public. Music is for musicians. If the public wants to come along and study it, …
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An American Wonder: Arlene Zallman

24 April 2016
Arlene Zallman’s Wikipedia Entry Her work is powerful, striking, perhaps even a bit eccentric. Interesting to note some jazz people getting behind her work, and I have to agree with the superlatives—what an ear! What good sense to study …
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