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.
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.
Young composers: Stop them before it’s too late!
I have a particular peeve with the popular malapropism of the word “song” to connote any piece of music.
While I concur that “perfect pitch” is a vernacular term, the issue that absolute pitch is wholly genetic, like say, blue eyes, is still a controversial theory in the scientific community.