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Personal Anecdotes About the Founders of the American Music Center Patrick Hardish, Composer; Co-Director, Composers Concordance

Patrick Hardishphoto by Barry CohenCourtesy of Patrick Hardish Otto Luening was a great mentor and influence as well as being a close personal friend. He was important to my development as a composer and on the progress of our organization, the Composers Concordance. I got to know Otto in July 1980 at Bennington College where […]

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! […]

Personal Anecdotes About the Founders of the American Music Center

Personal Anecdotes About the Founders of the American Music Center Samuel AdlerComposer; Professor Emeritus, Eastman School of Music; Professor of Composition, The Juilliard School“…I handed Hanson’s letter to Copland who opened it immediately. His face brightened, and yet there were tears in his eyes as he read the letter…” John DuffyComposer; Founder and Former Executive […]

The 60th Anniversary of the American Music Center

Frank J. OteriPhoto by Melissa Richard November is an important month here at the American Music Center. Sixty years ago this month, the dreams of Aaron Copland, Howard Hanson, Otto Luening, Quincy Porter, Marion Bauer and Harrison Kerr became a reality and the American Music Center was born. To celebrate the occasion, we have brought […]

Soundtracks: November 1999

There are over 60 American composers featured in this month’s round-up of new recordings, which is a wonderful way to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the American Music Center this month! And, as always, the range of composers shows an astonishing array of diversity. Perhaps the most momentous release this month is the long-awaiting 10-CD […]

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 […]