The Friday Informer: I Think the Heat Is Getting To Us


In 2003, David Schiff called John Adams’ On the Transmigration of Souls “a turning point in Adams’s work and, I hope, in American music.” Was it? ANABlog wants to know.

  • Lucky for us, the volcano cannot apply for limited composer grants. Not sure about its Pulitzer contention, since recordings are available.

  • Beware the perils of composer tourism.

  • Also, keep an eye on the musically dangerous French.

  • You can run. You can hide. But you’re not safe until you die.

  • “I personally think that we need more songs about dirty old men and obliging young women…from our recital stages. All that Schumann/Schubert pining for the distant beloved who turns out to be dead or at any rate uncaring doesn’t really represent the age in which we live, now, does it?”

  • “But nicely, there’s no way in hell that you can possibly pay attention to it for two sides of a record. So yes, it’s very serious music.” Stephin Merritt on taking serious music seriously. [via secretsociety]

  • Prone to getting the irritating-yet-catchy tune stuck in your head? This track is the stuff of your nightmares.

  • Stalled on that opera you promised yourself you’d finish this summer? Find inspiration here. [via Fredösphere]

  • Music for One Apartment and Six Drummers. I bet this sort of thing happens in San Francisco all the time. [via felsenmusick]

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