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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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Blues Based Music Theories

8 December 2023
also touching on 21st C. Homophony Manuel Ponce the Progressive Following up on some earlier thoughts on George Lewis and Philip Ewell and their call for blues-based music theory. I repeat that call and elaborate. For decades I’ve complained …
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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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What Scott Knew notes on Scott Johnson's "Bowery Haunt"

11 August 2023
Sept 14 T h e V i l l a g e T r i p GuitarFest 1 In Memory of Scott Johnson at Loft393 will include Scott’s Bowery Haunt (2005). Eventbrite Tickets –> https://www.thevillagetrip.com/event/tvt-guitarfest-1/ I don’t know what …
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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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