Author Archives: Frank J. Oteri

About Frank J. Oteri

Frank J. Oteri, New Music USA's Composer Advocate and the Senior Editor of NewMusicBox, is an outspoken crusader for new music and the breaking down of barriers between genres. Frank’s own musical compositions reconcile structural concepts from minimalism and serialism and frequently explore microtonality.

Composer Identity Crisis

Can you call yourself a composer if no one else does? And why is the performer rather than the composer called the artist in performances and on recordings?

Keeping Out of the Headlines

Aside from Michael Jackson’s brushes with the criminal justice system, there is never anything about music on the Times Square news ticker; but maybe that’s okay.

Unable to Escape Schoenberg

Even when I’m reading fiction, I can’t escape music: in Vikram Seth’s novel, The Golden Gate, the music of Schoenberg is anathema to the protagonist.

The Aesthetics of Survival

The ideas of George Rochberg seem a remarkable prophecy of the polystylism of today’s contemporary music landscape, yet Rochberg’s own music is sadly neglected and his wrtitings about music alternately provoke irrational vitriol or hyberbole.

Time Off

The magic of music is that, while it exists in time, it has the ability to bend time. So why do so many concerts list the duration of each of the works on the program?

The World Upside Down

NPR has cancelled their two remaining syndicated programs devoted to classical music: Performance Today and SymphonyCast, but I’m not terribly shocked.

Adam Guettel: On The Road

Composer Adam Guettel is trying to reinvent the musical theatre, and, if anyone out there can make such a thing happen, it’s him.