Despite our relatively short history as a nation, the United States boasts an artistic landscape that is arguable the most culturally diverse in the world.
Maybe wherever you are—listening, composing, performing, writing and talking about it—is the center of American music.
Martin Bresnick, David Gompper, P.Q. Phan, and Marilyn Shrude respond.
David Gompper When you ask about the dominant musical style of today, I think it depends upon whom you ask. My music students might name the latest pop group, probably a mixture of rap and rave but never the corporate-owned boy-bands. If I narrowed the question and steered it toward contemporary art music, they might […]
Marilyn Shrude Today’s concert music seems to be a blending of the many modes of expression we find around us-the term often used is “eclectic.” Because we have ready access to new works, we are able to digest them quickly and assimilate elements into our own compositions (both consciously and unconsciously). I don’t think there […]
The best way to introduce my music to listeners is ideally in a concert hall, well rehearsed, well performed and to a discriminating audience. Of course this ideal situation seldom happens nowadays when orchestras have budgets (and egomaniac conductors) allowing almost no rehearsal time for a new work. They consider it more necessary to use […]
In centuries past, the ONLY way one could become familiar with a composer’s music was to hear it at a live concert. Today, of course, we not only have live concerts but recordings, radio (to an extent), scores, the internet and heaven knows what else. The key question, of course, is which approach is best […]
This answer is applying to all music, NOT mine in particular! The best possible way for someone to be introduced to any music is to follow a work from start to finish. Reflect, keep an open heart, be generous, open you ears to all surprises, sing along when possible, dance along if possible, feel the […]
A live concert, a radio broadcast, a recording, a musical score and a sampling from the Internet all offer possibilities with certain caveats for those who are unfamiliar with my music. The concert hall experience is one that I heartily support because of its unique ambience. I regard my music as a part of a […]
After intensive periods of performance, recording and teaching, my ears sometimes tell me they need a rest from music.