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This month I was simply fascinated by the diverse sources of inspiration that drove composers and musicians to commit so much work to 41 new recordings of American music.

News In Brief 11/27/02

Jazz at Lincoln Center 7th Annual Awards Gala & Benefit Concert held at Lincoln Center; Paul Sperry’s American Encores

Osenberg leaves Qualiton; New PR Venture Ahead

David Osenberg Last Monday, Qualiton parted ways with David Osenberg, who served as the distributor’s National Director of Publicity and Promotions and Director of Classical Labels. The shift has industry watchers anticipating the next move each will make. For Qualiton’s part, National Sales Manager Angela Cuciniello assures that the position has not been eliminated and […]

Festival of Philadelphia: Celebrating Hometown Composers

The Colorado Quartet Think Philadelphia. You probably see the Liberty Bell or Benjamin Franklin, but you should also be hearing great music. Alright, now you’re hearing the Philadelphia Orchestra. But what about the music of Crumb, Wolpe, Shapey, and Barber? Though you might not know it, these and many other great 20th-century composers have connections […]

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, […]