With the announcement of seventeen new commissions, Meet The Composer’s COMMISSIONING MUSIC/USA 2002 program continues to demonstrate the organization’s dedication to the creation of new and adventurous works of American Music. Since the inception of the commissioning program 14 years ago, MTC has had a hand in the creation and performance of more than 700 […]
For all those worried about the recording future of new American music, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music hopes to offer a bit of encouragement. The foundation has awarded grants totaling $600,000 to performing ensembles, presenters, and recording companies across America through its 2002 Recording Program. Thirty-seven organizations have received support for new releases and […]
Greg Sandow 1. Piracy is a bad word… It brings me images of ships that fly the skull and crossbones. They’ll capture us, steal our stuff, make us walk the plank. They’re a threat, not just to life and limb, but to legitimate commerce. (Although, if you want to get historical, some of that commerce, […]
Dean SuzukiPhoto by Ryan Suzuki What happened to the practice of improvisation? It had been, to varying degrees, an integral part of the Western classical tradition for centuries, but sometime in the 19th century it fell by the wayside. Picking up the pieces has been difficult and problematic at best, or not even on the […]
Lenore von SteinPhoto by Jim Graham I just heard a panel discussion at the Village Vanguard about the state of jazz–there were three jazz critics and three jazz academics on the panel. One critic, Gary Giddins, said he doesn’t waste his space writing about things he doesn’t like. He also said that jazz writing shouldn’t […]
Thea MusgravePhoto Provided Courtesy of G. Schirmer, Inc. Though America now claims her as its own, British-born composer Thea Musgrave will travel to London later this month to receive the honorary title of Commander of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth II. Honored to receive such recognition but laughing over the gravity of the title, […]
Adding another twist to the webcasting royalty rate debate, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has rejected the Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel’s suggested rate structure.