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 […]
American Composers Forum announces 2002 Composers Commissioning Program (CCP) awards.
Reading this month’s issue, I wonder how many of you, like me, find resonance with elements of the expatriate sensibility, all the while making your home in the United States. Even as resident citizens, I wonder how many of you feel like exiles to dominant cultural currents, to leading lines of political discourse, or to […]
American writers, composers, and artists have lived abroad for generations but have almost always continued to identify themselves as Americans. Henry James, Ernest Hemingway, Paul Bowles, Gertrude Stein, Gian-Carlo Menotti, Samuel Barber—the list is very long. Although I have now lived outside the continental USA for more than 25 years, and in Austria since 1985, […]
In fall of 1965, during my second year in graduate school at UC Berkeley, I applied for and was awarded an Alfred E. Hertz Traveling Scholarship to go to Germany. Why did I want to go to there? Since getting interested in new music as an undergraduate I had repeatedly encountered the music and writings […]