How is that music can deliver us both heavenly and hellish experiences at the same time?
Can you call yourself a composer if no one else does? And why is the performer rather than the composer called the artist in performances and on recordings?
Can you just tell a composer to do an educational project along with a commission and expect success?
Using creativity in everyday life.
With all the different styles of music out there, is new music really the healthy option?
Music is a language in which one cannot lie; is it dishonest, then, to write strictly serial music?
Aside from Michael Jackson’s brushes with the criminal justice system, there is never anything about music on the Times Square news ticker; but maybe that’s okay.
The usual dramatics over politics, Steve Reich, and applauding between movements.
Is new music is too middle-of-the-road for the public at large?
The field of composition is rife with laurel-resters who trade on their earlier work while their standards decline; even composers whose younger successes were relatively modest conform to this model.