above: composer Eleanor Cory
Enthusiastically in agreement.
One difference: Short works are ok.
Regarding young composers, RSF has taken risks on behalf of young composers. RSF will continue to do so. Nevertheless, we are in agreement with Volans. Composers can get much better very late in life.
We see remarkable successes from composers over 70. Examples are Mario Davidovsky’s Ladino Songs; Charles Wuorinen’s Cygnus; Milton Babbitt’s Swan Song; Yehudi Wyner’s West of the Moon.
Another example–Eleanor Cory:
Volans is in Europe. We have different problems here. Nevertheless, his points are well taken. Grateful to him for laying it all out.
William Anderson is a guitarist and composer and an advisor to the Roger Shapiro Fund.