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, […]

Let’s Dance

O body swayed to music, O brightening glance, How can we know the dancer from the dance? —from “Among School Children,” William Butler Yeats Music and dance were perhaps born together. When small children hear music, they move. The impulse of the dance reveals an inner nature of music, and somehow dance brings music closer […]

NewMusicBox asks: Can music for dance stand alone? Barbara White

Photo by Steve Gilbert I rarely expect a dance score to stand alone. In my dance/opera Life in the Castle, the music and dance are extremely interdependent: for example, the singer and the dancer depict aspects of a single character, and the cold, glassy sound of my instrumentation is reflected by mirrored objects in the […]