Blogs

Class Consciousness

Dubbed “The Generation of ’38,” this year’s Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival is devoted almost exclusively to the music of American composers born in or around the year 1938, but where are Merle Haggard, McCoy Tyner, and Annea Lockwood?

Of Henry Brant, Phil Spector, and 110 in the Shade

Mark this 2007 reality: younger audiences today have only known and experienced theater music piped through live-in-performance loudspeakers. They have no cultural or even physical memory of non-electronically mediated music in the theater.

U Can’t Touch This

Remixing music has been going on for decades, but why haven’t more new music composers gotten into tweaking works by their colleagues?

Wild About Harry

I’m delighted and admittedly a tad envious of Harry Potter’s seemingly vast impact on people; what could we do to effect a similar response for something in the new music scene?

Playing the New Classics

What makes one work better than another is often a matter of programming and the performer’s style and approach to learning a new piece, but it can also be an issue of playability.