OBITUARY: Meyer Kupferman, 77

Meyer Kupferman Meyer Kupferman, one of America’s most prolific composers, as well as a highly respected music educator and performer, died on November 26, 2003, at Northern Dutchess Hospital near his home in Rhinebeck, New York. He was 77. His career was marked by many triumphs that included an appearance at the White House during […]

How do you balance working in the music business with composing? Michael Ching

Michael ChingPhoto taken at opening night of Verdi’s Masked Ball last February, the same General/Artistic Director, Opera Memphis Not My Own Private Bayreuth Being a composer and running Opera Memphis is fraught with contradictory impulses. On the one hand, one feels instinctively the desire to explore and support new projects; on the other, survival seems […]

View From the West: Clearing Customs in the Choral Community

Rebecca GiacosiePhoto by Sarah Eglin As of late, “choral music” seems to be getting more attention—as if it were a recently discovered entity that has been quietly hiding on the sidelines of “real” concert music. Composers can be divided into categories of “composer” or “niche composer,” with one of the most common niche designations being […]

View from the East: Learning from Nick Hornby

Greg Sandow Nick Hornby‘s Songbook is the most satisfying book on music I’ve read in a long time. Hornby has an advantage, of course, over most music writers, because he’s a real writer, the kind non-music people read, and in fact a novelist (though it’s not really relevant here, two of his books have been […]

Polyphonic Lives: Composers Working Behind the Scenes in the Music Industry

Jed Distler multitaskingPhoto by Randy Nordschow The great lyricist Johnny Mercer liked to tell the story of how his wife Ginger struck up a conversation with a stranger. Asked what her husband did, Ginger replied that he wrote songs. The stranger replied, “Yes, but what does he do for a living?” Many composers, in fact, […]