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Music is written in order to transcend the visual and verbal boundaries of rhetoric, but how this is achieved is a point of contention for many composers, musicians and scholars.

Masterprize Lists Finalists; Winner to be Decided on October 10

Masterprize, London’s international composer prize, has announced the 2001 competition’s five finalists. Founded by John McLaren in collaboration with BBC Radio 3, EMI, the London Symphony Orchestra, and BBC Music Magazine, the competition is designed to spotlight symphonic works with the potential to enter the standard orchestral repertoire while involving audiences worldwide in the development […]

ASCAP Year 2001 Chorus and Orchestra Awards for Adventurous Programming

Gerard Schwartz and Frances Richard present an award to Sandra Madden, general manager of the Colora The Awards for Adventurous Programming, offered annually for the past 44 years by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, have once again been awarded to American choruses and orchestras demonstrating an “exceptional commitment to contemporary composers.” The […]

Philadelphia Music Project Awards $794,000 in Grants

The Pottstown Symphony Orchestra will collaborate with the Landis and Co. Theatre of Magic The Philadelphia Music Project has awarded 18 grants totaling $794,000 this year to support area music projects. The awards range from $5,000 to $80,000 and seek to “engender excellence in performance, creativity in programming and provide recipients with the means to […]

Composer Jon Magnussen Appointed Artist-in-Residence

Artist-in-Residence for the Institute for Advanced Study, Jon MagnussenPhoto Courtesy of Jon Mag Jon Magnussen has been appointed Artist-in-Residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. As such, he will lead the annual concert series, introduce new works, and present lectures on new music. Established in 1994, Institute Director Phillip Griffiths explains […]

Universal Partners with Double M to Present New Music

Classical music publisher Universal Edition has partnered with the artist management firm Double M Arts and Events to support, publish, and present the works of contemporary composers that stretch conventional publishing and performance boundaries. UE President Robert Thompson explains that traditionally, publishing has been limited to what was printable. That seems reasonable until you consider […]

No Progress in Foison Plagiarism Case

Whose music is this?Photo by Melissa Richard On June 7, 2001, Philip Kennicott, writing for the Washington Post, reported that the Capitol Hill Chorale had discovered their American premiere of Tristan Foison‘s Requiem Mass had not only not been the work’s first US performance, but wasn’t the Atlanta-based composer’s work at all. An audience member […]

Free Scores Made Available Online By Composer

Pianist and composer Frederic Rzewski American pianist and composer Rzewski and pianist Jenny Lin have teamed up to distribute his music free to anyone who is interested in it. That’s right, free. The composer got the idea after reading an article that used the term “copyleft” to refer to a category of software that could […]

Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute Calls for Scores

Composer Aaron Jay KernisPhoto by Daniel Voigt courtesy of G. Schirmer, Inc. Under the guidance of composer Aaron Jay Kernis, up to nine composers will have their orchestral works read by the Minnesota Orchestra and participate in a six-day immersion into the workings of the American symphony orchestra. The orchestra has partnered with the American […]

Composer Dorothy Cadzow Hokanson, 84

Dorothy Cadzow Hokanson Composer Dorothy Cadzow Hokanson, 84, died June 26, 2001, in Seattle after being ill four-years with multiple systems atrophy. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, on August 9, 1916, Hokanson began her musical studies at the piano with her mother. She later took up the violin before devoting herself to composition. Hokanson graduated from […]