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View From the West: Beating Up on Drum Machines

Dean SuzukiPhoto by Ryan Suzuki I hate drum machines. This is purely subjective and I’m sure that there are many whose opinions on the matter, pro and con, are intense and inflamed, but I, for one, hate drum machines. Why is it that some composers are using those annoying drum pads? A number of my […]

Celebrating History: CAP Grants Since 1963

Facts&Figures Number of Grants Awarded: 1774Number of Grantees: 1201 Average Grant: $712.67Adjusted for inflation: $1,237.58 Total amount granted: $1,263,561.12 Adjusted for inflation: $2,195,470.50 Pulitzer Prize winners/CAP recipients: Ellen Taaffe Zwilich Charles Wuorinen Jacob Druckman Elliott Carter Donald Martino Richard Wernick David Del Tredici Roger Sessions Stephen Albert George Perle John Harbison William Bolcom Roger Reynolds […]

Keeping it New: Kronos Taps Du Bois for First Under 30 Commission

Alexandra du Bois Imagine you are an undergrad composer just home from a rehearsal, sick and exhausted, and the answering machine light is blinking. The voice that comes over the speaker belongs to Kronos Quartet founder David Harrington offering you a commission. You might think the medicine was getting to you. For Alexandra du Bois, […]

Playing the same old song? Meet the NewMusicJukebox

Need to find a piece for wind quintet written after 1990? Wishing you knew of a new 15-minute chamber suite to round out that perfect program? For those with a need for new music, the ultimate source has arrived on the Internet. Tomorrow…

News In Brief 10/2/02

CISAC 2002 World Congress meets; Gerber commemorates VOA’s 60th anniversary; Carrillo named ACO’s Van Lier Composer Fellow for 2002; Eight composers to participate in the Minnesota Orchestra’ second Composer Institute.

View From the East: Honest Voice

Greg Sandow Something happened as I got ready to write this column—I thought I got bored with the music I was going to write about. I guess that’s an occupational hazard for critics, since we’re forced to pay attention to all kinds of things, whether we really care about them or not. In this case, […]