Unrestful Laurels

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.

Accounting For Taste

Could defining some new words describing music’s secret ingredients lead to a deeper understanding of how music affects us?

Unable to Escape Schoenberg

Even when I’m reading fiction, I can’t escape music: in Vikram Seth’s novel, The Golden Gate, the music of Schoenberg is anathema to the protagonist.

Parent vs. Teacher

Combining one’s work with one’s family life can be a very tricky business, especially if it means deciding to teach your own child music.