Young musicians and listeners today are increasingly sophisticated and open-eared. They don’t care much about what music is called. They care about how it sounds.
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…” […]
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.
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 […]
David Borden (right) with Keith Emerson (left)Photo by Vivian Lee The classification of genres in the arts is, I suppose, necessary for both critics and historians. Mostly though, I find that marketing, the need to sell, more than anything encourages this subdividing into minute categories. Just go to the MP3 site and you’ll see what […]
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 […]
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 […]
Adam SilvermanPhoto by Melissa Richard I used tell people at parties that I flew helicopters, even though I have never ridden in one and don’t know anything about piloting. But the story would draw people in, and by the time they discovered my lie, they would be primed to disbelieve the truth: that I write […]
Wayne PetersonPhoto by Jack McDonald, courtesy C. F. Peters Corp. Winning the Pulitzer has meant nothing for the piece that won. Back when Blomstedt was at the San Francisco Symphony, David Zinman conducted it and did a beautiful job. But they never did it again and nobody else has ever played it. It’s a very […]
Charles WuorinenPhoto by Bob Adler It’s hard to tell what the Pulitzer meant to my career. The only direct result of receiving the prize that I’m aware of came in the form of a modest commission for a string quartet from the Fine Arts Quartet, who (I believe) had formed the habit of requesting a […]