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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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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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Scott Johnson & how he gives us a feeling for where we are in his structure

24 September 2023
Taking up Bowery Haunt again with Oren Fader has led to a continual stream of quiddities emerging from the experience of the music. Talking about them makes them seem abstract, but these are visceral. I am only interested in the visceral – what …
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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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Frank Brickle & TE Hulme

12 February 2022
Frank Brickle is now, I believe, working on setting The Compete Poetical Works of TE Hulme. This is a worthy project that must be seen to completion. One of the features that webmaster Marc Wolf set up on this blog is “categories”. One …
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Susan Bernofsky's Walser Biography, and touching on Sebastian Currier and Anna Weesner

16 January 2022
Bernofsky & Walser –Clairvoyant of the Small– The Life of Robert Walser By Susan Bernofsky Susan Bernofsky’s biography beautifully captures the sweep of Walser’s crazy life, despite gaps with scant records of his …
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Paul Griffiths' Mr. Beethoven

17 November 2021
I do best when I sprint. Revisions can lead to sprawl. Beethoven is on a ship to Boston, commissioned by the Handel & Haydn Society. We are asked to entertain the hypothetical together; the reader is consulted with regard to some particulars. Our …
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