American Composer’s Orchestra Names Music Director Designate

Steven SloanePhoto credit Stas Rzeznik 42-year-old American conductor Steven Sloane has been named Music Director Designate of American Composers Orchestra. Mr. Sloane begins his artistic planning duties with ACO effective immediately, and will make his Carnegie Hall debut with the orchestra in March 2002. He will become Music Director beginning with the 2002-03 season, succeeding […]

Library of Congress Acquires Nicolas Slonimsky Collection

Nicolas SlonimskyPhoto courtesy of Electra Yourke The Library of Congress has acquired a large archive of the works of the important American conductor, composer, musicologist and lexicographer Nicolas Slonimsky (1894-1995). The papers, which comprise both printed and manuscript music, programs, writings, correspondence, a large musicians’ biographical file, recordings, and materials in other formats were given […]

American Composers Forum Announces Composers Commissioning Program Winners

Photo of Hollis TaylorPhoto credit Carol Yarrow The American Composers Forum has announced the results of the 2000 Composers Commissioning Program (CCP), which is funded by the Jerome Foundation. The CCP, now in its 21st year, supports the production of new musical works by emerging composers. It seeks to boost the careers of younger composers […]

Is the free dissemination of music on the Web helpful or harmful to the economics of new music?

Mark A. Fischer“…dissemination of music on the Internet is not just good, it’s wonderful…” Richard Danielpour“…I do not believe that a composer’s work should automatically be public property…” Jeff Harrington“How can we be worried about the economic impact of this or that technology when we don’t even have people’s ears?” Amy Knoles“I think of Napster […]

Is the free dissemination of music on the Web helpful or harmful to the economics of new music? Mark A. Fischer, Intellectual Properties Attorney, Palmer & Dodge LLP, Boston MA

Mark A. Fischer Photo courtesy Palmer & Dodge LLP Ultimately, the answer is that dissemination of music on the Internet is not just good, it’s wonderful. But reaching this ultimate stage will take some time and there will be considerable pain getting there. Right now, the economics of so-called serious music, where numerous performers (and […]

Lee Erwin, Theater Organist and Composer, Dies at 92

Lee Erwin, a theater organist who composed scores for more than 70 silent films and whose performances helped create a revival of interest in silent films during the 1970s, died on September 21st at his home in Greenwich Village. He was 92. Mr. Erwin was an energetic musician who maintained a fairly busy performing schedule […]

Is the free dissemination of music on the Web ultimately helpful or harmful to the economics of new music? Richard Danielpour, Composer

Richard Danielpour Photo by Bill Bernstein, courtesy G. Schirmer/Associated Music Publishers Right now we are at a point where the current structure of how classical music is recorded and disseminated in this country is radically changing. I doubt that we will recognize the same modus operandi seven years from now. In pop music in the […]

U.K. Festival of American Music Spotlights John Corigliano

John Coriglianophoto credit Christian Steiner Music of John Corigliano will provide the main focus for the Royal Northern College of Music‘s American Reflections Festival, which will run from November 30th until December 16th. Under the artistic direction of the College’s Director of Contemporary Music, Clark Rundell, the series of sixteen concerts will feature 14 works […]

Karel Husa Donates Archive to Ithaca College

Karel Husaphoto credit Alexander Dippold Czech-born composer and conductor Karel Husa recently donated his archive to Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. The Archive now exceeds in scope and volume the Husa documents in the Library of Congress. The Husa Archive at IC contains materials from his entire career. As a champion of new music, […]