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Rap, Hip Hop & EU Attitude Toward Pitch

3 June 2018
Still jetlagged from time in Beijing, 12 time zones away from New York. I wake up at 2am or 3am and start thinking about music. At the moment, it’s rap music. Rap music/hiphop: By eliminating or marginaizing pitch, the hiphop artists allow for …
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Curating New Music: The ISCM Delegates

29 May 2018
In Search of the Obvious Good Robert Levin, master pianist and Mozart expert, was fond of telling his students that Beethoven’s music caused people to run out of the concert hall and vomit. He told us the story of Haydn telling Beethoven to tone …
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A Moment for Chinese Music

28 May 2018
A Triumph for Chinese Music LIU Li — LIANG Nan — Zhang CHUN — Tan Dun Beijing Modern Music Festival Hosts ISCM World Music Days, 2018 in Beijing This is a personal response to the 2018 Festival and does not reflect an official Roger Shapiro …
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Tan Dun @ Beijing Modern Music Festival

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 …
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Alarm Will Sound @ Beijing Modern Music Festival

28 May 2018
Alarm Will Sound performed at 4pm on May 26, the last day of the ISCM World Music Days, hosted by Beijing Modern Music Festival. Alarm Has Sounded Alarm Will Sound has an aesthetic, and it has a festival in the midwest. I get the impression that …
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An Example of Counterpoint from Beijing Modern Music Festival

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 …
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The Van Cliburn Effect

9 July 2017
In response to the present desultory state of affairs, we are now seeing some encouraging developments. Call it The Van Cliburn Effect. Shortly after Sputnik put the USSR ahead of the US in the space race, Van Cliburn surprised the world by winning the …
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Julia Wolfe's Steel Hammer

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 …
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