Knowing Your Limitations

Why would a “classically trained” composer, complete with a Ph.D. and a list of works and performances that many of us would envy, need help writing music for young wind players and percussionists?

The Friday Informer: How Hip Do Ya Wanna Be?

We’re playing a little PowerBook, drooling over Elliott Carter as cover boy, financing 365 days of composition, and marking the death of Mozart’s last contemporary. All of these and more this week in the new music news you can use.

Too Much of a Good Thing?

By hermetically sealing off a single composer’s work when we present single-composer concerts, are we somehow losing a contextual framework for listening to it?

Rethinking Music for Airports

Why not tap composers to specifically create these aural pacifiers, rather than compromise music not designed to be presented in such a context? What about a sonic environment designed to gently transition the ears from the constant din of whirring airplane engines to the comparative peace and quiet of the terminal?

Making the Grade

Welcome, Colin Holter, a first-year grad student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who will be blogging on grad school issues. You can read him here each Wednesday.

Before the Beginning

While the notion of a premiere occuring on a specific date and geographical venue in history is comforting to musicologists and folks who compile best of the year or best of the nation lists, it presents a somewhat incomplete picture of how creative works evolve and manifest themselves.