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.

Not Just for Breakfast Anymore?

Frank J. OteriPhoto by Melissa Richard As a high school student, my favorite subject after music was probably math. So, as soon as I learned about serial music and its mathematical underpinnings, I was intrigued. I spent the better part of my senior year mulling over the 12-tone score of Alban Berg’s Lulu and when […]

Milton Babbitt: A Discussion in 12 Parts

Milton Babbitt Photo courtesty Milton Babbitt At the Juilliard School of Music October 16, 2001—3:00-5:00 p.m. Videotaped and Transcribed by Amanda MacBlane Conservatories, New Music, and that term “Classical Music” The Lure of Technology Responding to Attacks on Serialism Rap Music Popular Standards On People’s Attachments to Music The Economics of New Music Baseball and […]

Minimalist Memories

Frank J. OteriPhoto by Melissa Richard I still remember the first time I heard the music of each of the four so-called fathers of minimalism. Philip Glass came first for me. It was 1979. I was a junior at the High School of Music and Art and an aspiring composer with little knowledge of contemporary […]

Philip Glass: 25 Years after ‘Einstein On The Beach’

A scene from the 1984 Production of Einstein On the BeachPhoto by Tom Caravaglia, courtesy Zeisl Frank J. Oteri talks with Philip Glass Tuesday, October 9, 2001—5:00-6:00 p.m. Dunvagen Studios, New York, NY Videotaped and transcribed by Amanda MacBlane Art vs. Entertainment Labels, Music Criticism, and Changing Tastes Reflecting on Earlier Music Breaking Musical Taboos […]

Bringing the Orchestra into the 21st Century

Frank J. OteriPhoto by Melissa Richard For years, I’ve entertained a fetish for being in spaces that took me away from the present day: walking through ancient ruins like Macchu Picchu in Peru or Volubilis in Morocco, sleeping in Colonial B&Bs in the Northeast or Antebellum homes in the Deep South, or even drinking in […]

Orchestra Tech: Introducing Technology into the Orchestra

Ray Kurzweil, Gil Rose, and Tod Machover Ray Kurzweil, Gil Rose, and Tod Machover September 24, 2001 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA Moderated and Videotaped by Frank J. Oteri Transcribed by Amanda MacBlane What is an Orchestra? Why Introduce Technology into the Orchestra? Convincing Audiences and Administrators The Repertoire and the Venue Standardization and […]

Time Present and Time Past Are Both Perhaps Present in Time Future.

Frank J. OteriPhoto by Melissa Richard Standard repertoire apologists who are loathe to acknowledge the scarcity of new music in orchestral programs or on the radio frequently make the claim that for people who’ve never heard the music of Mozart or Beethoven, their music is new music. This line of reasoning has always struck me […]

Richard Einhorn: Yesterday Is Not Today

Richard Einhorn Editor Frank J. Oteri visits Richard Einhorn at his studio. New York City — Friday, August 10, 2001, 2:00 P.M. Interview Videotaped and Transcribed by Amanda MacBlane New Music and Old Music The Hermetically Sealed Classical Music Community Schoenberg’s Legacy The Cutting Edge New Music in Older Styles New Music for Early Music […]

Ingram Marshall: Today’s Music Tomorrow

Self portrait by Ingram MarshallPhoto courtesy Nonesuch Records Frank J. Oteri visits the home ofIngram Marshall in Hamden, CT Tuesday, July 17, 2001, 1:00 p.m. Interview Videotaped and Transcribed by Amanda MacBlane Tape Music vs. Score-Based Music Musical Boundaries From Fog Tropes to Hymnodic Delays Working with Other Musicians The Orchestra Recordings Promotion and Documentation […]