Imagine being an actor and being given a copy of a script that only contained your lines; that’s exactly what composers do to musicians when they give them parts that only contain the notes for that particular individual to play.
Elliot Goldenthal’s first opera Grendel will be the most ambitious undertaking in the Lincoln Festival’s 10-year history when it comes to the New York State Theatre this summer.
Music gets remade when people dance to it, and music is not what ballet is ultimately about.
In our efforts to set ourselves apart, are we turning people off?
Perhaps interpreters would be as desirous to play new music as they are playing standard repertoire if they could “own” the performance more than they currently do.
New World Records will release two CDs per year of live recordings of recent American repertoire performed by the New York Philharmonic.
Is there a universally adequate musical solution to page turns?
At home, I drink red wine while hearing things like the three carefully intertwined lines of counterpoint in the fourth movement of Mozart’s Divertimento for String Trio all the time, but being able to do so during a live performance makes the music breathe differently.