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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.

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 […]

When do you listen to the radio and what do you listen to?

Milton Babbitt“…in all the many years of listening to…public stations, I have not heard a note of the most influential music of the 20th century…” Andrew Litton“Sometimes I awaken to my own voice when WRR plays one of our ads, which is extremely frightening.” Steve Metcalf“As a child of the ’50s, I have a romantic […]