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musicnotes.com continues trend toward online publishing

Digital sheet music publisher Musicnotes.com has announced a distribution agreement with Warner Bros and Mel Bay. Warner Bros. Publications handles the imprints of thousands of titles printed by smaller publishing firms like Belwin Mills, Kalmus, Jazz at Lincoln Center and Studio P/R, Inc. Other publishers represented by Musicnotes include Theodore Presser, Boosey & Hawkes, and […]

Millennium Consortium Project means multiple performances of new Zwilich work

Jeffrey Biegel / Ellen Taaffe ZwilichPhoto courtesy Jeffrey Biegel Unlike many premieres, the first performance of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Millennium Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra will certainly not be the last. This is thanks to the Millennium Consortium Project, the brainchild of pianist Jeffrey Biegel, for whom the Fantasy was written, and arts consultant Jeffrey […]

Present Music announces commission

Kamran IncePhoto courtesy European-American Present Music and the Milwaukee Art Museum recently announced the commission of a new work by composer Kamran Ince that will be premiered in May of 2001 at the much-anticipated opening of the Museum’s building expansion. The new structure was designed by internationally-renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. It will provide space […]

Lou Harrison receives Macdowell medal

Lou HarrisonPhoto by Dennis Keeley Composer Lou Harrison was awarded the Edward MacDowell Medal in Peterborough, New Hampshire, on Sunday, August 20. Virgil Thomson, himself a recipient of the Medal in 1977, once said, “It was Mozart‘s boast that he could master any musical style within a week and by the end of that time […]

New Music Connoisseur to honor four at September gala

New Music Connoisseur As part of their Gala 2000 concert, New Music Connoisseur will be honoring four advocates of new music. The concert and awards ceremony, which will be held on September 18th at New York University, will dedicated to the memory of Otto Luening, to mark the one hundredth anniversary of his birth. Joel […]

Theodore Presser Company Enters the Digital Age of Music Publishing

Tom and Arnold BroidoPhoto courtesy of Theodore Presser Co. The Theodore Presser Company recently gave a glimpse of what music publishing in the 21st century will look like. By teaming up with a CD-ROM company called CD Sheet Music, the company recently began publishing sheet music as PDF files on CD-ROM disks. This means that […]

NYFA Awards Fellowships to NY State Artists

New York Foundation for the Arts Artists’ Fellowships, a program of the New York Foundation for the Arts, recently awarded nearly $1.1 million to 167 artists throughout New York State, including eighteen composers. Recipients of the 156 Fellowships of $7,000 each (several collaborations) were chosen from over 4,000 applicants in the categories of architecture/environmental structures, […]

Violinist, Composer Arnold Black Dies at 77

Arnold BlackPhoto courtesy of Ruth Black Arnold Black, a noted violinist and composer, died June 25 at his home in Charlemont, MA. The cause was undetermined, but he had had heart trouble in recent years. He was 77. Arnold Black, a noted violinist and composer, died June 25 at his home in Charlemont, MA. The […]

NYFA Fellows

New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships: Composers List Pheeroan Aklaff Pheeroan Aklaff is a percussionist whose recent compositions are an attempt to develop a cross-cultural synthesis, combining in one work the rhythmic influences of Japanese Haiku and Tanka verses with the melakarta scales of India, and in another, the ryo and ritsu scales of […]

Soundtracks: August 2000

It was not by editorial design, but rather a reflection of the current state of new music in this country, that in a month where NewMusicBox focuses on funding for New Music, almost every recording featured in SoundTracks was either completely DIY or released by a small independent label that received, in varying degrees, some […]