7 November 2019
Jotting some notes here that will have to be edited and focused in the fullness of time.
Links to sound or video are in the works.
I consulted with Harold Bloom
when preparing for Cygnus’ RW Emerson bicentennial celebration.
In the end, Bloom …
12 October 2018
….the last bar of Terry Riley’s Y Bolanzero, for guitar orchestra–a wierd 8-note collection with no G#, no F#, no B, no D#….
Austrian guitar virtuoso Yvonne Zehner will be principal player with a crack group of Queens College …
1 October 2018
RSF is cooperating with Bridge Records for the production of a CD of Poul Ruders’ opera, The 13th Child. The libretto for the opera was co-written by David and Becky Starobin, the founders of Bridge Records. David & Becky have been great …
16 June 2018
Christophe Huss’s review in Le Devoir leaves little to add, but I wish to provide a bit of context that Mr. Huss could not know.
How does Nero differ from Dawe’s other operas?
–Nero’s Baroque moments are far more subtle. In …
28 May 2018
I laughed I cried, it was better than Bolero!
The entire Beijing Modern Music Festival finished with a passacaglia by Tan Dun. A knockout.
Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds
An easy thing done exceptionally well. I capitulate to Tan Dun because …
28 May 2018
Harue Kunieda’s Floral Tributes III opened the final concert of the 2018 World Music Days, hosted by Beijing Modern Music Festival. The China National Symphony Orchestra performed at 7:30 in the gorgeous, state-of-the-art opera house at the Beijing …
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 …
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 …