Questioning our field’s obsession with composer competitions.
Frank J. OteriPhoto by Jeffrey Herman Many people in the music business will continue to ponder the significance of the simultaneous annual conferences of the American Symphony Orchestra League, OPERA America, Chorus America and Dance/USA that made up the first-ever National Performing Arts Convention in Pittsburgh last month. Of course I’m biased, but I believe […]
In the Kitchen with Peter Schickele (a.k.a. P.D.Q. Bach), Manhattan Monday, March 15, 2004—1:00 p.m. Videotaped and transcribed by Randy Nordschow Photo by Peter Schaaf Composer and Humorist How to Make Music Funny The Birth of P.D.Q. Bach How Classical Music’s Past Can Help Its Future Merging Two Separate Compositional Streams Friends often tell me […]
Friday, April 16, 2004—4-5 p.m. Kingston, New York Videotaped Randy Nordschow Transcribed by Molly Sheridan and Randy Nordschow Maryanne Amacher Photo by Randy Nordschow The Role of Music Aural Architecture Perception All-Time Music The Problem with Recordings As someone whose entry point into the vast world of musical repertoire has mostly been through collecting records […]
Challenging our basic assumptions about humor, race, duration, and genre in new music.
Why percussionists can be composers’ greatest allies.
Monday, February 16, 2004 11:00 a.m.-noon at the American Music Center Videotaped and transcribed by Randy Nordschow Hundreds of Instruments Drummer or Percussionist? Training and Repertoire Nurturing New Work Percussion and Pitch Specific Techniques Last November, I went down to the World Financial Center to hear Steven Schick play John Luther Adams’s The Mathematics of […]
Finding a new common practice where anything is possible.
The quest for common ground in music seems as fanciful as searching for El Dorado.