Forget the abstractness of music—aren’t I trying to express ideas and emotions that we all have?
From a country that produced such world-class writers as Joyce, Yeats, and Beckett and that is so intensely musical in its folk culture, why has there never been a “great” Irish classical composer?
Try this at home. Then, try and get arrested (for the good of your career!).
What tricks or techniques do you have to get the creative juices flowing and that compositional ball rolling?
You know, this might sound almost too simplistic, but perhaps simply keeping busy is the key to a successful career as a composer—not to mention being a good musical citizen as well.
Anyone can reject European influence, but how is it possible to write music as new and fresh as, say, Harry Partch or Charles Ives without developing equally bizarre sets of reference points?
Exploring Naples with visual artists allowed me to see things I would have easily missed on my own.
A physical recording is a reminder of the when-ness of something; it provides historical context and a portal into the mindset of another time.
Who can afford to be a practitioner of that most labor-intensive, under-compensated, high-overhead of art forms, art music composition, unless you live in music-crazed Finland.
There’s a a new music betting pool for that?