Grant Us Peace

Like every other American out there, I’m goin to be selfish and rant about stuff that affects me, me, me. So here’s a few things that would help make grants, commissions, and residencies better suited to composers’ needs.

Fab Prefab

Analogous compositional plans have been used since the Middle Ages, but will the arrival of new media finally spawn new ways for composers to approach their materials, overshadowing more traditional methods.

Making Time

To my thinking, the painter Brice Marden (who is currently the subject of a major MoMA retrospective) shares a lot of aesthetic common ground with composers as diverse as David Borden, Gloria Coates, Alvin Curran, Frederic Rzewski, and Charles Wuorinen; yet I doubt there’d be lines around the block to attend a concert assembling any of their lives’ work.

Old Acquaintance Not Forgot

I guess it’s time for me to throw out all of my books and free up several walls, but I’m already way behind my purging the walls from CDs and LPs I allegedly should have emptied in previous resolution cycles.

Ring in the New

Since the old year is ending and a new year is about to begin, it seems an ideal time to voice a concern about how we parse old and new.