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American Innovations in Electronic Musical Instruments

Joseph A. Paradisophoto by Rich Fletcher The desire for musical expression runs deeply across human culture; although specific styles can vary, music is generally considered a universal language. It is tempting to surmise that one of the earliest applications of human toolmaking, after hunting, shelter, defense, and general survival, was probably to create expressive sound, […]

Describe your best and worst memories of premiere performances

John Corigliano“The best premiere I can remember is that of my Clarinet Concerto with Leonard Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic and Stanley Drucker as the soloist…” Tim Page“…I’d choose the first performance of the orchestral version of Reich’s Tehillim in 1981 as the “worst” premiere.” Laurel Ann Maurer“I premiered [Meyer Kupferman's] work “Chaconne Sonata” […]

The Orchestra in Contemporary American Musical Life

Frank J. OteriPhoto by Melissa Richard Is the orchestra a viable contemporary American institution? That’s a question that’s been on a lot of people’s minds both within and outside the orchestral music community as well as within the new music community which all too frequently has been treated like an opposition political party. There are […]

How American Are American Orchestras?

Andrew J. Druckenbrodphoto by Allison Schlesinger The twentieth century will be viewed as a time in which composers expanded the range and possibilities of musical language and sound. But also as a period that saw a rift develop between new and old music, especially in the U.S. Here, orchestras delved into the pantheon of dead […]

What do you expect to hear when someone says “American music?”

Chen Yi“I think that all musical works composed in the States AND influenced by American culture are considered American music.” Judith Lang Zaimont“In a very real sense, it is the lifeblood of our country expressed in sound.” Howard Mandel“America’s music is wide and wild, fed by hundreds of old and new musical strains.” David Nicholls“From […]