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Personal Anecdotes About the Founders of the American Music Center Vivian Perlis, Director, Oral History of American Music, Yale University

Vivian Perlisphoto by NewMusicBox While working with Aaron Copland’s papers that were filed in the basement of his house in Peekskill, New York, I came upon six assignment books for Rubin Goldmark, the celebrated composition teacher in Manhattan. Copland was astonished to see things he had not looked at for over sixty years. “Holy Moses! […]

What role, if any, do you think technology will play in the composition and performance of your music in the next 25 years?

Morton Subotnick“More and more I am ONLY using a computer…” William Duckworth“…some of us are already beginning to develop new virtual instruments and to conceive of ways to facilitate live performances on line…” Pamela Z“Each time I have introduced a new tool into my arsenal, it has resulted in new ideas and added new colors […]

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, […]

What role, if any, do you think technology will play in the composition and performance of your music in the next 25 years?

William DuckworthPhoto by Paula Court Music at the end of the 20th century is on the cusp of a major technological revolution. Unlike previous advances in technology, which centered on new sounds created with new electronic instruments, the next advance will focus on the internet. With the storage and retrieval of music well underway on […]

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 […]