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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 […]

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 […]

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” […]