On The Mark: The State of Digital Music Engraving

Steven PowellPhoto design by Melissa Richard In the beginning, when Ugh came up with a tune that the lovely Ugga found irresistible, his only method of preserving his musical masterpiece for future Uggies involved a sharp rock and a flat surface. As the results of this method proved to be difficult to transportóas well as […]

See Hear!

Frank J. OteriPhoto by Melissa Richard All my life I have had a love-hate relationship with music notation. Of all the art forms (from sculpture to literature to dance), music is the only one that sates the ears rather than the eyes. (Would that there were highly developed art forms that deeply provoked the intellect […]

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 […]