It’s the end of our second day in Minnesota, and in my exhausted state all I can think is, “These other composers are really nice.”
The media keeps running stories about the death of the compact disc; these are the same sages who killed off the LP, as well as all of classical music, a few years back.
It used to be that composers were not taken seriously if they chose to do commercial work; now the pendulum has swung and it is the professorial types who are getting the stones thrown at them.
Nine composers traveled to Minneapolis where this week they will participate in the Minnesota Orchestra’s Composer Institute; composer/pianist Missy Mazzoli has graciously offered to take us along with her.
Concerts, festivals, classes, lessons—any opportunity for us to assemble is fertile soil for us to plant and cultivate the seeds of contempt.
It’s a short work week here at NewMusicBox, but before we go give thanks, eat our turkey, and take a nap while mom does all those dishes, I thought I’d share just a few news items that have come across my desk this week.
Too many people make excuses for not listening as well as for not making their voices heard.
I’ve yet to hear anyone actually go on record and identify available work that’s suitable for educating young students; for me, some shining examples are the pieces collected in Bartok’s Mikrokosmos.
In which we prepare for a day without music.
Music notation software promotes conformity, producing soulless manuscripts devoid of any personality.