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Library of Congress Acquires Nicolas Slonimsky Collection

Nicolas SlonimskyPhoto courtesy of Electra Yourke The Library of Congress has acquired a large archive of the works of the important American conductor, composer, musicologist and lexicographer Nicolas Slonimsky (1894-1995). The papers, which comprise both printed and manuscript music, programs, writings, correspondence, a large musicians’ biographical file, recordings, and materials in other formats were given […]

American Composers Forum Announces Composers Commissioning Program Winners

Photo of Hollis TaylorPhoto credit Carol Yarrow The American Composers Forum has announced the results of the 2000 Composers Commissioning Program (CCP), which is funded by the Jerome Foundation. The CCP, now in its 21st year, supports the production of new musical works by emerging composers. It seeks to boost the careers of younger composers […]

Soundtracks: December 2000

Many musicians and hard-core music lovers will swear to you that they never ever listen to music “in the background” while they work. Only some of them are lying. For me, music in the background generally has the same tantalizing effect as the smell of food coming from the kitchen — I just have to […]

Presser Company Releasing Historic Archives

The Presser Archive After 51 years in Bryn Mawr, the Theodore Presser Company will move its entire operations to nearby King of Prussia in January. The present facility houses historical archives of the Oliver Ditson Company and The John Church Company, as well as Presser and newer companies including Merion, Mercury, and Elkan-Vogel. In preparing […]

American Pitches Series Makes its Broadcast Debut

Joanna Lee, photo credit Kitty Katz Joanna Lee, lecturer in the Music Department at the University of Hong Kong, has launched a series of nine weekly broadcasts over RTHK (Radio Television Hong Kong) called American Pitches. The programs will serves as “a showcase of music that is uniquely American.” Lee explained that she wants to […]

Pauline Oliveros receives Lifetime Achievement Award from San Francisco Bay Guardian

The Goldie Award The San Francisco Bay Guardian, the Bay Area‘s largest alternative newsweekly, has honored Pauline Oliveros with a Lifetime Achievement Award, as part of their 12th annual “Goldies” awards program. Each year, the Bay Guardian arts editorial staff selects multiple “Outstanding Local Discovery Award” winners for the “challenge and inspiration provided by their […]

Composer Herbert Brün Dies at 82

Herbert BrünPhoto credit Yehuda Yannay Herbert Brün, a pioneer in applying computers and electronics to the composition of music, died on November 6 in Urbana, Illinois. He was recognized within and beyond the field of music as an eloquent and original thinker, a contributor of ideas relating to composition and systems theory, language, thought, performance, […]

Jeanne Lee, Jazz Singer Who Embraced Avant-Garde, Dies at 61

Jeanne LeePhoto courtesy Naima Hazleton Jeanne Lee, one of the great jazz singers and composers in the avant-garde tradition, an author, and a teacher of singing, died on October 25, 2000, in Tijuana, Mexico. She was 61.The cause was cancer, said her daughter Naima Hazelton. Born in New York City in 1939, Lee graduated from […]

Philadelphia Audience Picks Centennial Competition Winner

Kevin BeaversPhoto by Lorin Burgess At the intermission of the October 5th Philadelphia Orchestra concert, after hearing three recent compositions by young American men, audience members completed ballots to help choose the winning work in the Orchestra’s Centennial Composition Competition. The winning piece, Sinfonia by Kevin Beavers, was performed again in Philadelphia on October 6 […]

FastTrack elects officers and establishes Paris headquarters

In July, 2000, the Chief Executive Officers of five leading copyright organizations agreed to a new partnership called FastTrack. Together, these five organizations represent approximately 38 percent of the global collections for musical works, or more than $1.6 billion USD annually. In September, the FastTrack Board of Directors, meeting in Santiago prior to the opening […]