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AAAL Announces 2001 Award Winners

American Academy of Arts and Letters (seal) On February 27, 2001, the American Academy of Arts and Letters announced the seventeen recipients of this year’s awards in music, which total $185,000. The winners were selected by a committee of Academy members: Jack Beeson (chairman), Leslie Bassett, Andrew Imbrie, George Perle, and Ned Rorem. The awards […]

AAAL Announces 2001 Award Winners: Other Winners

James BarryJames Barry is a doctoral student at Florida State University. He earned his Master of Music at the University of Texas at Austin and his Bachelor of Music from the University of South Florida. His principal teachers are Ladislave Kubiak, Dan Welcher, Donald Grantham, Stephen Montague, Mark Schultz, James Lewis, and Paul Reller. Braxton […]

10th Annual ACO/Whitaker New Music Readings

The American Composers Orchestra has announced the winners of the tenth annual Whitaker New Music Reading Sessions. The Readings, made possible by a grant from the Helen F. Whitaker Fund, will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at Masonic Hall in New York City. This event provides an opportunity for up-and-coming composers to experience […]

10th Annual ACO/Whitaker New Music Readings: Joshua Penman

Joshua Penmanphoto by Jennifer Bassetti Yale senior Joshua Penman composed his winning piece As It Is, Infinite between September, 1999 and May 2000. “It marked a break in my style,” he explained in a telephone interview. “I stopped trying to write cute music and decided to write something that I would find beautiful.” Penman has […]

Thomas Buckner Re-Enters the Record Business

Space, Abrams, and Graves CDsdesigned by Matt Schickele New music baritone Thomas Buckner, founder of the legendary 1750 Arch Records, which released more than fifty creative record albums, recently announced the formation of a new label, Mutable Music. Mutable Music will release recordings that promote creative contemporary music. A major focus of the label will […]

10th Annual ACO/Whitaker New Music Readings: Gregory Spears

Gregory Spears started his piece Circle Stories while on a Fulbright grant in Denmark in 2000 and finished it during his first semester in the Master’s program at Yale. Spears describes Circle Stories as “layered,” both vertically and horizontally. The piece is based on a “chorale” of his own invention. He then wrote a short […]

Teldec Launches New Line

Sharon Isbin On February 26, 2001, Teldec announced New Line, a new series dedicated to the music of living composers and to world-premiere recordings of significant 20th century works. The first releases are scheduled for May 2001. On May 15, New Line will release world-premiere recordings of Bang On A Can‘s Lost Objects: A Transmusicart […]

10th Annual ACO/Whitaker New Music Readings: Leonard Lewis

Leonard Lewisphoto by Gary Austin Leonard Lewis describes his Concerto for Orchestra, written to fulfill his dissertation at the University of Texas, as a “crossroads” in his compositional style. Earlier in his compositional career, Lewis was influenced by the diatonic music of Michael Torke; more recently, he found himself interested in the chromatic writing of […]

George Crumb’s Star-Child wins Grammy

George Crumbphoto by Sabine Matthes Congratulations to George Crumb on being honored with a Grammy for Best Classical Contemporary Composition at the 43rd annual presentation of the awards on February 21, 2001. The winning piece, Star-Child, for soprano, antiphonal children’s voices, male speaking choir, bell ringers, and large orchestra, was composed in 1977 and recorded […]

Yehudi Wyner Signs with Associated Music Publishers

Yehudi Wynerphoto by Susan Davenny Wyner Associated Music Publishers, Inc. has announced the signing of Yehudi Wyner to an exclusive five-year agreement in which the company will represent the music formerly self-published by Wyner. “It’s been a long exile, but I feel I’m coming home,” said Wyner after his 10-year absence from Associated Music Publishers. […]