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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 […]

It’s About Time

Matthew TierneyPhoto by Melissa Richard When musics from all cultures of the world are considered, rhythm stands out as most essential. Unfortunately, rhythm, despite its musical importance, has been less studied than melody and harmony, the history of Western music being primarily a history of pitch. This neglect has been especially unusual because with music […]

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

Henry BrantPhoto by Kathy Wilkowski, courtesy of Henry Brant What is happening in music may be compared to the current degradation of the natural world environment. Most music today emerges from loudspeakers, rather than from acoustically natural sources. In the United States, public interest is largely confined to commercial popular music. Genuine indigenous music worldwide […]

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 […]

Self-Published Composers Explain What They Do and Why

Randall Davidson, Composer and Publisher of Boys Art Music“Self-publishing contemporary music is not at the glamorous end of the tide-pool…” Jennifer Higdon, Composer“…it seemed absurd to me to have to give up the copyright to my own creative work…” Donald Martino, Composer and Publisher of Dantalian, Inc.“…To obsessive types like myself it brings enormous satisfaction […]

The Current State of Music Publishing in America

Frank J. OteriPhoto by Melissa Richard The media has hyped the recent revolutions that computers have wrought as the most significant event in the history of publishing since Gutenberg invented the printing press half a millennium ago. But what impact will all of this have on the publishing of musical scores by American composers? I […]