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Lachenmann & His Hegelian Phonemenology

14 December 2019
Piano Studies at NYU Steinhardt presents 21st-Century Wanderers: Jonathan HARVEY / Helmut LACHENMANN Manuel LAUFER, piano Dorothea HAYLEY, soprano Friday, December 13 at 8 pm Black Box Theatre, 82 Washington Square East I could not imagine better …
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Love and Death American Style: A George Crumb Tribute

11 November 2019
RSF supported Bridge Records’ *George Crumb Vol. 16* Cygnus pianist Joan Forsyth is a regular at Sonatina Enterprises. She recently lectured on nocturnes for the pianists from far and wide, assembled in Bennington for one of the …
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The Western Uncanonical (tribute to Harold Bloom)

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 …
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Leo Brouwer's El Decameron Negro

13 October 2019
The well deserved fuss about our favorite modernists left other interesting music unexamined, at least by that prideful modernist faction. We do not have to go so far as to say Schoenberg should be deposed and Sibelius or Tchaikovsky ensconced. …
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Forces of Nature

22 January 2019
Kevin Volans spoke at a 2016 IAMIC conference– “If You Need An Audience, We Don’t Need You” “[Morton] Feldman believed, as many generations before him, and some after him, that art was not to be confused with …
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From Terry Riley, With Complements

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 …
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Bridge Records and Poul Ruders new opera, *13th Child*

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 …
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Jonathan Dawe's Nero @ Ballet-Opéra-Pantomime, Montreal

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 …
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