View From the East: Rose-colored Glasses

Greg Sandow I want to say a few things about a brave and sweet—but probably mistaken—book by Allen Shawn, called Arnold Schoenberg’s Journey. And as I start to write, I realize I’m obsessed, at least a little, with the whole atonal thing. That started for me late in the ‘60s, when I decided I’d be […]

A Feat Beyond Certainty: American Composer-Choreographer Relationships

The Feet of Jennifer DunningPhoto by Melissa Richard The relationship of composer to choreographer had its certainties late in the 19th century. Ballet told stories. Both composer and choreographer had only to tell those stories of enchanted maidens, death-dealing vampires, and hapless princes with dependable dance rhythms and sufficient atmosphere. There were the Salieris, among […]

Out of Step

Frank J. OteriPhoto by Melissa Richard For most people, here and around the world, now and throughout history, music is primarily a soundtrack to accompany other activities: recreational, devotional, etc. Concentrated listening to music, to the exclusion of all other sensory stimuli, has always been and will probably always continue to be a rarified experience. […]

NewMusicBox asks: Can music for dance stand alone?

Guy Klucevsek“Just about all the music I have written for dance (over 25 scores) can stand alone as concert music; and the brunt of the repertoire that I play in concert, both solo and with chamber groups and bands, is music that I originally composed for dance…” Paul Dresher“I feel a great freedom to use […]

Merce Cunningham: Moved by the Music of Our Time

Merce Cunningham New York, NY – April 17, 2002On the roof of the Cunningham Studios Filmed and Transcribed by Amanda MacBlane The Meaning of Dance Life Forms Dance Independent From Music Chance Operations Training Dance on Film and Motion Capture Computer Technology Newness in Dance vs. Newness in Music Suite for Five in Space and […]

CAP Awards $30,200 in Support of Premiere Performances

Twenty-one composers have been awarded grants totaling $30,200 to support the production of materials for a premiere performance of their work under the auspices of the American Music Center‘s Margaret Fairbank Jory Copying Assistance Program (CAP). In total this year, the AMC has awarded over $85,000 directly to composers across the nation. “The Copying Assistance […]