OBITUARY: Rudolph Bubalo (1927-2004)

Rudolph Bubalo Composer Rudolph Bubalo died on January 24, 2004. Starting off his career as a jazz pianist, the Duluth-born Bubalo eventually settled in Cleveland where he served for many years as a professor of music and the director of the electronic/computer music studios at Cleveland State University. A leading figure in electro-acoustical and computer […]

Can You Excerpt New Music? The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Tries

Over the past several weeks, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center has been throwing itself a little party under the banner “Sound Investment—35 Years of Premieres.” The four-concert series was intended as a way to swiftly honor a history of some 123 commissions by presenting highlights of 43 of those works. What might not […]

46th Annual GRAMMY Composer Highlights

LISTEN to a RealAudio except of Casa Guidi The GRAMMY Awards were presented last night during the 46th Annual glitz fest held in Los Angeles. The industry party honored scores of artists and musicians on and off the camera. Once again, awards for classical music and jazz were held prior to the evening event, although […]

International Association for Jazz Education’s 31st Annual Conference Recap

ASCAP’s Fran Richard presents Fred Sturm with his ASCAP/ IAJE Commissioning award in the established composer category. The Gotham Jazz Orchestra performed his composition, “Abstraktes Bild.” The International Association for Jazz Education‘s 31st Annual Conference was held in New York City on January 21-24, 2004. The event attracted jazz performers, educators, journalists, and theorists and […]

Fanfare for the Uncommon Practice

I wonder if a discussion of a contemporary common practice will in not too many more years seem rather quaint and curious. The discussion of this on these pages is quite wonderful, and I think assists our self-knowledge both as individuals and as a community, but I tend to think it is a discussion whose […]

Do you think there is a new common practice in contemporary music? Petr Kotik

Petr Kotik There is no “common practice” in today’s music composition. A “common practice” needs a homogenous environment, which in our time doesn’t exist even within a restricted locality. Many composers use (or imitate, to be more accurate) various styles and have always done so. The style(s) one imitates can only come from the past […]