A significant number of the seminal American composers have staked their artistic claims on some constructed paradigm of “naturalness”: Cage’s randomness, Oliveros’s breathing, Reich’s natural processes, Partch’s natural scale, Branca’s rock vernacular stripped down to its basic strum. Most natural of all: banging on the piano keyboard, so beloved of Ives, Cowell, Varèse, Young, Garland.
Frank J. OteriPhoto by Melissa Richard In the past six months, the concept of patriotism has been a dominant theme in conversations all over this country and around the world. Ironically, creative originality is rarely among the enumerations of what it means to be an American. From my vantage point, that seems to be what […]
Judith Sainte Croix“The impulse to create and the structure and substance of the music, then, are all intrinsically connected. How one gesture follows another, or how pitches are selected, all originates from one place within…” Skip La Plante“It seems kind of weird that a society that teaches maxims like “know thyself!” finds it strange when […]
Leo OrnsteinPhoto Courtesy OHAM Leo and Pauline Ornstein speak with Vivian PerlisFrom the Archives of OHAM (Oral History, American Music) at Yale UniversitySierra Mobile Park, Texas November 19 and 20, 1977 The Elusiveness of Inspiration Today’s Compositional Tower of Babel The Independent Life of Musical Compositions On Serialism, Experimentalism and the Study of Composition On […]
An interview with the author of New York Is Now!: The New Wave of Free Jazz
Copland House Residencies; Glass To Keynote Opera Conference 2002; Music Library Association 2002 Awards & Elections.
Copyright attorney, music industry veteran, and AMC board member Jim Kendrick has been named acting president of European American Music Distributors Limited Liability Corporation (EAMDLLC) , formerly European American Music Distibutors Corporation (EAMDC). The restructuring follows the unexpected death of longtime European American Music head Ronald Freed on February 20. One of the company’s founding […]
Normand LockwoodPhoto Courtesy the American Music Research Center, University of Colorado at Boulder Normand Lockwood (1906-2002) died of pneumonia on Saturday, March 9th, ten days shy of his 96th birthday, at Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver. Although he had been in declining health for the past three years, he continued composing as a way of […]