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Ways of Listening

After intensive periods of performance, recording and teaching, my ears sometimes tell me they need a rest from music.

Whatever Happened To Supermarket Music?

Joseph Lanza Whatever happened to supermarket music? There was a time – not very long ago – when one could stroll through the aisles of an A&P or a Safeway while violins, pianos, guitars, harps and trumpets played soft instrumental versions of old standards and current hits. These ceiling serenades offered the musical equivalent to […]

What is the best possible way for someone to be introduced to your music?

Miguel Del Aguila“The best way to introduce my music to listeners is ideally in a concert hall, well rehearsed, well performed and to a discriminating audience..” Benjamin Lees“…I suppose the best way of becoming acquainted is to have a score at hand while following the recorded piece…” Augusta Read Thomas“The best possible way for someone […]

Intellectual Property: Whose Song is it Anyway?

Heidi WalesonPhoto by Melissa Richard Intellectual property has been a locus of debate for centuries. The difficulties of establishing standards for its ownership and exploitation stem from the fact that such property is not tangible, but rather the expression of the human mind and spirit. What is more, most creations of this kind can only […]

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 […]

Soundtracks: November 2000

The only “borrowed music” this month comes in the form of “arrangements,” and, unfortunately for our ‘theme’ this month, the source music was all borrowed properly! Guy Klucevsek’s adaptations of two Burt Bacharach tunes, “The Blob” and “One Less Bell to Answer,” on his CD Free Range Accordion, are both entertaining and strikingly original. If […]

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 […]