What role has theory played in your compositions and how important is it for people to know the theory behind the music in order to appreciate it? Thomas DeLio

I have worked extensively as both a composer and theorist throughout my career and see no separation between these two complementary, mutually enriching activities. My work as a theorist has been profoundly influenced by my composition and vice-versa. I view the theorist as one whose role is that of helping to understand the innumerable ways […]

View From The West: What Happened to Contemporary Performing Arts on PBS?

Dean SuzukiPhoto by Ryan Suzuki Something has gone terribly wrong at PBS. I recall a day when one could actually see Peter Greenaway‘s documentary films on John Cage, Meredith Monk, Philip Glass, and Robert Ashley; a documentary on Steve Reich; intermedia and experimental performances, films, and videos on Alive! From Off Center; a significant proportion […]

Edward T. Cone: Not Theory, Practice…

Frank J. Oteri visits the home of Edward T. Cone Wednesday, January 22, 2003—Noon Princeton, NJ Videotaped and Transcribed by Randy Nordschow Composition as Criticism and Criticism as Composition Writing About Music vs. Writing Music How Music is Born and Popular Recognition On Music Theory Is Anything Beyond Analysis? On Performances Is Analysis and Criticism […]