It is impossible to assess the general public’s receptivity to “good music” from passers-by ignoring a performance by Joshua Bell; all you can assess from this stunt is the basic human need for filters and frames to guide perception.
I had three experiences during my first-ever visit to Cleveland this past weekend which offer some interesting variations on the theme of getting more people interested in hearing new music.
While it is extremely convenient to simplify ideas through binaries and compartmentalization, art (and indeed human nature) is rarely so clear cut.
Houston-based composer and pianist Pierre Jalbert has been awarded the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln’s Center’s $25,000 Stoeger Prize in recognition of his achievements in chamber music composition.
I’m trying my best to recover from list-o-mania (you know, obsessing over all these lists of the greatest “fill in the blank”). However, my fuming while reading through all these lists did inspire some new lines of questioning about our relationship to the music we care about and its seemingly fragile relationship to the world beyond us.
I’m one of these folks for whom ambient music is a terrific foreground experience: Brian Eno, early Aphex Twin, bring it on. I hear in this music what in fact is an extremely fluid relationship with the intentionally foreground minimalist music I enjoy listening to more than most things. So it’s always nice when the […]
Music is a very central part of the clothing store experience, but maybe there could be better music for such an environment than the music most clothing stores choose.
Performed by the Martinu Quartet There’s a real smorgasboard of musical styles in the string quartets of Elliott Miles McKinley, which is as fitting for someone who studied with William Bolcom as it is for the son of William Thomas McKinley who, according to the booklet notes accompanying this CD, was named after Elliott Carter […]
Joshua Gordon, cello; Randall Hodgkinson, piano Those wonderful tone clusters that Henry Cowell allegedly invented actually surfaced in the lush hyper-Romantic solo piano music of Leo Ornstein several years earlier. They are one of the delights of Ornstein’s early chamber music as well, including the first of his two cello sonatas from 1915 featured on […]