A View from a Broadway Producer

I have just heard Audra McDonald on the radio telling me yet again that Broadway producers are attempting to “reduce and eliminate live music on Broadway”—and I find myself “mad as hell, and I can’t take it anymore.” On its face alone the concept is ludicrous; barely scratching its surface it becomes offensive and a […]

Glass and Ran Join the Ranks of the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Shulamit Ran and Philip Glass are the newest composer members of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. They were elected to the Academy in January along with artists Jennifer Bartlett, the late Al Hirschfeld, Yvonne Jacquette and William King, and writers, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and C.K Williams. The eight new members will be inducted at […]

12 Composers Become Part of the Fromm Commissioning Legacy

Twelve men were chosen from 150 applicants to receive commissions from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University. The $10,000 commissions form one of the foundation’s primary programs and aim “to strengthen composition, the vital source of musical culture, and to bring contemporary concert music closer to the public.” The recipients of the 2002 Fromm […]

The Trick of Retreating

“My freedom will be so much greater and more meaningful, the more narrowly I limit my field of action and the more I surround myself with obstacles. Whatever diminishes constraints, diminishes strength. The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one’s self of the chains that shackle the spirit.” —Igor Stravinsky Several years ago […]

What can make or break a residency experience? Scott Winship

Photo by Luba Halicki First and foremost, since we are composers after all, the best things that a residency can offer are time to write and performance opportunities. These, and working with particular teachers, are what I look for out of a residency. Simple, yet vital luxuries that are particularly elusive, especially after one has […]

What can make or break a residency experience? Keeril Makan

The best residency programs provide the all-important combination of time, financial support, work space, and ideally, other interesting artists with whom to interact. Each retreat experience that I have had has been a response to the particular compositional challenge that presented itself at the time. When I spent a year in Helsinki on a Fulbright, […]

Another View on Lou: Lou Harrison—A Personal Publishing Memoir

Don Gillespie with Lou Harrison at Cabrillo, 1982 I have known Lou Harrison both as a personal friend and as a professional colleague in music publishing at C. F. Peters for nearly three decades. Two days before Lou’s death, New York’s Focus Festival (honoring Harrison) had concluded with his rarely heard Elegiac Symphony, devotedly performed […]