Musicians feel intense pressure to excel, but positive psychology offers strategies to help deal with and overcome the obstacles.
A conversation between composer John Supko and critic Jeffrey Edelstein
Composer, conductor, and pianist André Previn has been equally comfortable making music in and for concert halls, jazz clubs, opera houses, Broadway theaters, and the silver screen for three quarters of a century. But now he’s composing more prolifically than ever before.
Playwright, composer, and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda, 35, was recognized for his work which reimagines “American musical theater in works that fuse traditional storytelling with contemporary musical styles and voices.” Mimi Lien, a set designer for productions such as Dave Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, was also among this year’s round of 24 fellows.
Four emerging composers have been chosen from a national candidate pool to participate in the 2015 Columbus Symphony EarShot program. Activities will include two intensive reading sessions/rehearsals, feedback sessions with orchestra musicians and mentor composers, a final dress-rehearsal, and a public concert that is part of the CSO’s Happy Hour Concert Series.
Perhaps writing indeterminate music can be both a rewarding end in itself, and a path to finding that which indeterminacy can’t give us.
It’s another presidential election cycle and—in addition to PAC moneymen, countless commercials, polls, trolls, sound bites, and sniping—there’s the new tradition of one candidate or another pissing off some well-known recording artist by using the artist’s song without consent.
If that incendiary Spectator article actually had anything to teach us, it’s that there’s intense interest in female composers!
This week, I want to talk about some of the actual work I’ve done with indeterminate digital music, with a focus on both the technologies involved and the compositional methods that have proven useful to me in approaching this sort of work.
Andy Milne explains how he wound up in the captain’s chair on the Enterprise.