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Back to Brokeback Mountain

18 March 2024
Wuorinen’s Brokeback Mountain I come back to Brokeback Mountain from time to time. There are elusive mysteries lurking in Wuorinen’s great work and in Proulx’s short story. I’ve taken this dive before and each time I hope to get …
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De Staat; A Tale of Two Synecdoches

16 March 2024
depicted: Adalbert Stifter Intro to Stifter’s *Many Colored Stones* A Tale of Two Synecdoches I met Louis Andriessen when I played De Staadt with NY Phil under Gunther Schuller. David Starobin was the other guitarist and Scott Kuney played bass. …
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Emil Awad: Cognitive and Behaviorist in Music

11 February 2024
The brilliant and enterprising composer Emil Awad is the founder and director of the Festival Camarata 21 at the Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, Vera Cruz, Mexico. Many of us have participated – Mario Davidovsky, Robert Pollock, Suzanne Farrin, …
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Mortise-and-tenon

19 December 2023
In a modern building, like a Frank Gehry building, the joinery is often custom joinery designed specifically for the needs of one building. The angles might not be 90 degrees. So also in music. I am so accustomed to customized joinery that I find …
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Martin Boykan and Richard Festinger Harmonic Movement and Backgrounds

26 October 2023
In progress… Yesterday at Oktaven Studios in Mount Vernon, New York, Cygnus recorded Martin Boykan’s “Diptych” and Richard Festinger’s “Hidden Spring”. Some notes on Boykan, HERE. Those comments mostly about …
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Thinking about Scott Johnson, by Frank Brickle

20 July 2023
Composer Frank Brickle shares his thoughts about Scott Johnson Frank Brickle was always less pig-headed than I was. Frank was an early advocate for Morton Feldman within certain cirlces in which and at a time when Feldman was a hard sell. He advocated …
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Anecdote: RSF Found Dina Koston and her relationship with David Del Tredici

22 May 2023
Dina Koston, founder of the RSF, complained about neo-romantic music. The phrase I remember her using was “warmed-over Schumann”. But that was directed at other names, not at Del Tredici. I was surprised to learn that she programmed the music of …
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Picaresque Resouces for David Del Tredici's Herrick's Oratorio

22 May 2023
Trickters Picaros and Del Tredici’s Herrick Some picaresque resources Access to the Picaresque, roughly from more probable to less probable — Bugs Bunny Rocky and Bullwinkle Barry Lyndon Gulliver’s Travels Moll Flanders The Reivers Pynchon Til …
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