View From the West: New Choral Music – There’s Not Much to Sing About

Dean SuzukiPhoto by Ryan Suzuki I have been thinking for some time about the state of the contemporary repertoire in choral music, and the problems encountered in getting new work commissioned, written, and performed. This past May there was a great deal of discussion of choral music in NewMusicBox. While many who contributed to or […]

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 […]