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Hyphenated Composers

Like many other composers throughout our history, I have been a composer for most of my life but have always had other occupations as sources of income.

Don’t Quit Your Day Job. Yet…

Kenneth GoldsmithPhoto by Melissa Richard Conventional wisdom says: Don’t quit your day job yet. Stick it out until you are sure that the opportunities and cash is plentiful enough. Then quit. It could be a long time. Let’s face it: day jobs suck. Or do they? I’ve recently spoken to 5 composers who have not […]

What other jobs might you be interested in if you weren’t so busy writing music? Jeffrey Mumford

Jeffrey MumfordPhoto courtesy Theodore Presser Company I would love to run a radio station that plays REAL music, that does not compromise (whatever style, just intensely good and focused). It would have a live format incorporated wherein there would be performances and interviews. There would also be live panel discussions on matters of musical aesthetics […]

American Music’s “Elder Statespeople” Comment on the Future of Music George Rochberg

George RochbergPhoto courtesy Theodore Presser Company “Res Severa Verum Gaudium.” (“Serious things [bring] true joy.”) The past is in every present, hence in every future. “Eternity is in love with the products of Time.” (Blake) Surfaces keep changing, never substrata. The 18th/19th centuries’ in-gatherers all loved Res Severa. Their reward, Verum Gaudium, The Beautiful. Surfaces […]

American Music’s “Elder Statespeople” Comment on the Future of Music

Henry Brant“…Genuine indigenous music worldwide is disappearing…” Marian McPartland“…I can’t think of playing music and not including something by Dizzy Gillespie or Thelonious Monk or Wayne Shorter…” George Perle“…I have been offered 100 words to reply to the question, “What is the future of music?” but I need only three…” George Rochberg“…Surfaces keep changing, never […]

Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

Frank J. OteriPhoto by Melissa Richard Throughout last year, across the street from Macy’s in New York City, a “Millennium Clock” counted down the seconds until January 1, 2000. Throughout January it stayed at 0, but at some point during this month it started up again counting down the seconds until January 1, 2001. I […]