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, […]

John Duffy: The Composer as Statesman

John Duffy Wednesday, October 22, 2003—12-2 p.m. at the American Music Center Videotaped by Randy NordschowTranscribed by Jonathan Murphy A Composer From the Bronx Respecting America’s Many Classical Musics Role Models and Mentors Writing for the Theater Meet The Composer Working in the Music Industry as a Composer Duffy’s Issue-Oriented Music

Boosey & Hawkes Goes Private

This just in. Boosey & Hawkes has announced that HgCapital, a leading European private equity investor, has acquired 100 percent of the issued share capital of Boosey & Hawkes plc, concluding a two-year sale process. The deal, says B&H, “will take the international group from public to private and will ensure the continued independence of […]

Celebrating All that Jazz: NEA Honors Jazz Masters

(L to R) Jim Hall, Herbie Hancock, Luther Henderson, Nancy Wilson, Chico Hamilton, and Nat HentoffAll photos used courtesy the NEA Jazz. Whatever sound or image it conjures up, it’s a kind of national art form, the one we claim as distinctly our own, particularly American. But as a society we don’t often devote much […]

OBITUARY: Composer Michael Kamen, 55

Michael Kamen Grammy-winning composer Michael Kamen died Tuesday from a heart attack at his home in London, according to his Web site. He was 55. Born in New York City on April 15, 1948, Kamen trained at the Juilliard School and formed the rock-classical fusion band New York Rock and Roll Ensemble in the late […]

Slatkin Honored with Medal of Arts

Leonard SlatkinPhoto courtesy of the National Symphony Orchestra Conductor and noted champion of American music Leonard Slatkin is among the 2003 Medal of Arts Recipients announced by President George W. Bush. Slatkin and the nine other honorees were presented with the medals by the President and First Lady Laura Bush in an Oval Office ceremony […]