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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 […]

Publishing, Self-Publishing, and the Internet

A panel held during the Women’s Philharmonic‘s “Composing A Career” SymposiumThe New School for Social Research, NYCSaturday, November 6, 1999—2:30-3:30 p.m. Fran Richard : Vice President of Concert Music, ASCAP Ralph Jackson : Assistant Vice President, Classical Music Administration, BMI Linda Golding : President, Boosey & Hawkes Jennifer Higdon : Self-Published Composer Frank J. Oteri […]

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 […]

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 […]