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 …
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.
By eliminating or marginaizing pitch, the hiphop artists allow for …
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 …
28 April 2016
The clipping above is from a Newseek article that covered Bethany Beardsley Winham’s premiere of Vision & Prayer in 1961.
“I don’t think in terms of the public. Music is for musicians. If the public wants to come along and study it, …
5 February 2016
Andrew Imbrie is one of the precious few great American composers, and we have to thank Anthony Korf, George Rothman, Harold Rosenbaum, Riverside Symphony, and the New York Virtuoso Singers for championing Imbrie last night with a performance of a …
20 July 2015
About the Post-Maximalists
They love the Minimalists & the Post-Minimalists.
But they love doing stuff. The 20th C. is the Burgess Shale of compositional techniques.
from Wikipedia on “Burgess Shale”
“Stephen Jay Gould’s …