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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 […]

Commissioning Consortia: Banding Together in the Name of New Music

Russell Peck What’s the only thing better than a performance of a new piece by an American composer? Two performances. And even better – two performances by two different ensembles. How about up to three performances by forty ensembles? That’s what’s happening with Russell Peck’s timpani concerto, Harmonic Rhythm, commissioned by a consortium of more […]

Masterprize Semi-Finalist: Pierre Jalbert

Pierre Jalbertphoto by Louise J. Greenfield Pierre Jalbert‘s In Aeternam was commissioned by the California Symphony and was premiered and recorded by them in May 2000 under the direction of Barry Jekowsky. In Aeternam was written as a memorial to Jalbert’s niece, who died at birth. For the composer’s excellent notes on the piece, click […]

New Music and DVD-Audio: A Marriage Built to Last?

Immersion DVD [Author's note: When I first got my hands on Immersion, the new DVD-Audio from the Colorado-based Starkland, I was disappointed to find that there was no accompanying movie. After I missed the mark in last month’s SoundTracks column, Steve Smith, the classical music columnist at Billboard, was kind enough to drag me over […]