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Where do you think that your music fits on the classical-popular divide? Why?

Diamanda Galas“…I think my performances, as independent as they may be from each other, allow me to reside, musically, under my own name…” Neil Haverstick“Ever since I was a young boy, stylistic classifications in music have meant absolutely nothing to me…” Erik Hoversten“…The most innovative music, after all, does not fit into any pre-designated categories…” […]

Between Rock and Harder Places?

When classmates told me that the Clash were revolutionaries, I told them to check out pieces like Fontana Mix or It’s Gonna Rain and hear what revolution really sounded like.

American Contraband: Alternative Rock and American Experimental Music

Jason Gross and Steve SmithPhoto by Melissa Richard Much as it might bewilder major record companies and fundamentalist critics, rock isn’t only background music for TV commercials and cherished momentos for teenybopper spend-a-thons. It’s a lot more (and a lot less). About five years after Elvis started strumming “That’s Alright Mama” for Sam Philips, Buddy […]

Has Winning the Pulitzer Made a Difference?

Wayne Peterson“…My commissions have soared and everything I have written since that time has been published…” Christopher Rouse“…the number of commissions and performances of my music have remained about the same in my pre-Pulitzer and post-Pulitzer periods…” Charles Wuorinen“…as I look over the list of winners I am struck by how many of them have […]

Prizing American Music

Frank J. OteriPhoto by Melissa Richard Over the years, I have frequently bemoaned the fact that there is no Nobel Prize for Music. While only in my most musically zealous moments I’d claim that musical contributions are as significant as strides toward world peace, even in my soberest moments I know in my heart that […]