How Good Is Your Ear? (Part 2)

The stronger your ear, the more liberated your musical imagination. That’s how Beethoven could compose after deafness. His ear—outer, and then inner—was spectacular.

Anyone Got a Corkscrew?

We have Adorno to thank for that great image of new music as messages in a bottle. What he failed to mention was that said SOSes to the world are stopped by unremovable corks.

If You’ve Got the Time

Pundits periodically profess that some composers write too much music. Is such a claim valid? And if it is, how much is too much? Is it also possible to not write enough?