A look at the rarest of rara aves in the annals of double-threat composers: successful composers who sustain wholly separate, successful careers as artists in other forms.
There are dangerous addictions lurking in the world of classical music, and I’m not talking about that business with Liszt and the crystal meth.
Only now, 16 years later, is the irony fully apparent—that the technology that created a Goliath music industry also has served as the stone that threatens to topple it.
Will the new Sweeney Todd movie be a tepid Disneyization of the original?
Writing music is not about meeting statewide criteria of competence.
There’s really no appropriate music to go along with the fourth Thursday of November’s annual gobble fest but there still are plenty of interesting possibilities.
I’m exploring an interesting psychosomatic illness—rapid heartbeat, dizziness, confusion, and even hallucinations in the face of too much beautiful art.
Last weekend I helped judge scores for the upcoming Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts here in Minneapolis. I can’t guarantee that my findings are universal, but in any case it was a tremendously enlightening couple of hours.
I’ve been in Paris and Prague, on “vacation” from the AAR, visiting friends and exploring cities that I don’t know very well, hoping that may spark a measure or two of music that needs to get written soon.
What’s really interesting about Facebook from a new music-minded perspective is how many people involved with new music are there.