How does using music notation software affect your music?

Mary Ellen Childs“I love using notational software when I write traditionally notated instrumental pieces. However, I also write a lot of music that can’t be notated in any standard notation, mainly because movement is an integral part of my music…” Gloria Coates“Personally, I find it easier to compose the old fashioned way—with paper and pen—and […]

George Crumb: Jumping Off The Page to Become Sound

George CrumbPhoto by Sabine Matthes, courtesy C.F. Peters Corporation Frank J. Oteri in conversation with George Crumb at his home in Media, PA Friday, July 12, 2002—Noon Filmed and Transcribed by Amanda MacBlane The Goal of Music Notation Working with Performers Striving for Simplicity The Working Process Theatricality and Setting Text Tradition and Factionalism The […]

Continental Harmony Composers Meet America

Seeking: composers open to new experiences, new people, and new communities. Pay varies, travel required, but inspiration guaranteed. It almost sounds like an ad for the Peace Corps, but when the American Composers Forum put out the call for composers willing to create music in a new community, many rose to the occasion. Now a […]

OBITUARY: ‘New York school’ composer Earle Brown, 75

Earle BrownPhoto by Jack Mitchell Earle Brown, a major force in contemporary music since the early 1950s, died on July 2, 2002, after a long illness. A leading composer of the American avant-garde for more than fifty years, Brown was associated with the experimental composers John Cage, Morton Feldman, and Christian Wolff who, with Brown, […]