Would you describe yourself as a neo-romantic? Why (not)? Beth Anderson

Beth AndersonPhoto by Elliotte Rusty Harold Lots of composers never left tonality. Minimalism could be seen as the antidote to serialism or as the reinvention/return of tonality. Certainly Terry Riley‘s In C has a powerful tonality. Cage used to say that all music was tonal since it was made of tones, but he wasn’t defining […]

View From the East: Dog Days Patter

Greg Sandow It’s August, the dog days, and I’m going on vacation the day after I write this. Very tempting just to comment more on things my friends and colleagues (not to mention total strangers) have been saying in the forum on my pages here. I confess I go two ways about that. On one […]

Would you describe yourself as a neo-romantic? Why (not)? Bruce Adolphe

Bruce AdolphePhoto by Christian Steiner Are the emotionally charged harmonic progressions in a Gesualdo madrigal tonal? Are Debussy‘s whole-tone passages or Benjamin Britten‘s mixture of fourths and clusters tonal? Like so many common terms in music, tonality is a terribly abused word, almost as misunderstood as the phrase Classical Music. It is a matter of […]