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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 […]

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 […]

Fit To Print: A “Hyperhistory” of the Current State of American Music Publishing

John RobinsonPhoto by Melissa Richard The English verb “to publish” is derived from the Latin verb publicare, meaning “to make available.” Most people think that music publishing is similar to book publishing, and many aspects are parallel. Selection: Publishers of both books and music employ editors who sift through countless submissions by aspiring writers and […]

Self-Published Composers Explain What They Do and Why Randall Davidson

Randall Davidsonphoto courtesy of Boys Art Music Self-publishing contemporary music is not at the glamorous end of the tide-pool. As a result, very little of my time is spent addressing the ocean of conductor/producers in the world who “might” use my music. I’m more aware of what’s close at hand, of the subtle currents that […]

Self-Published Composers Explain What They Do and Why Jennifer Higdon

Jennifer Higdonphoto by Patented Photos I basically do everything that an established publishing house does: I take orders from customers, print scores and parts, do the binding, mail the music, do the billing, report performances to ASCAP, and negotiate contracts for commissions. The duplication of music is not that difficult – any copy place can […]