While the Music Lasts

…you are the musicWhile the music lasts. —T.S. Eliot, “The Dry Salvages” As composers and performers, our work is to make the music—to be the music while the music lasts. Rightfully, we’re usually concerned with what’s happening in our music right now: How are things going with that new piece we’re working on? Where and […]

Jon Magnussen’s E-mail Correspondence with Molly Sheridan

Molly Sheridan corresponded by email with Magnussen to find out more about his plans for the residency in addition to asking him a few philosophical questions about being a composer. A transcript of that exchange appears here. MOLLY SHERIDAN: The artist-in-residence position at the Institute seems like an amazing opportunity for a composer to both […]

Repertoire submitted by award winning orchestras

San Francisco Symphony John Adams El Niño John Adams The Chairman Dances John Adams Lollapalooza John Adams Shaker Loops John Adams Grand Pianola Music George Benjamin Palimpsest Luciano Berio Requies John Cage Dance/4 Orchestras David Carlson Dreamkeepers: Symphonic Sequences Elliott Carter Two Diversions Elliott Carter Retrouvailles Elliott Carter 90+ Peter Maxwell Davies Cross Lane Fair […]

The MP3 Phenomena and Innovative Music Webliography

Books: Bettig, Ronald V. 1996. Copyrighting Culture: The Political Economy of Intellectual Property. Boulder, CO: Westview Press. Hacker, Scot. 2000. MP3: The Definitive Guide. Sebastopol, CA: O’Reilly & Associates. Hull, Geoffrey P. 1998. The Recording Industry. Boston : Allyn and Bacon. Rathbone, Andy. 1999. MP3 for Dummies. Foster City, CA: IDG Books Worldwide. Focus Groups: […]

Masterprize Finalist: Carter Pann

Carter PannPhoto courtesy of Masterprize Carter Pann may be the youngest of the five Masterprize finalists, but you wouldn’t think it possible after reading through his list of honors. The 28-year-old composer has been recognized with first prizes in the Zoltan Kodaly and Francois d’Albert Concours Internationale de Composition competitions, a concerto commission for clarinetist […]

Masterprize Finalist: Pierre Jalbert

Pierre JalbertPhoto courtesy of Masterprize Pierre Jalbert, currently living in Rome as a recipient of the Rome Prize and Fellowship for 2000-2001, says that his involvement in the Masterprize competition has already had a significant impact on his career. For the semi-finals, the Budapest Symphony recorded the piece and he traveled to Hungary to hear […]

Masterprize Finalist: Anthony Iannaccone

Anthony IannacconePhoto courtesy of Masterprize Anthony Iannaccone confesses that he entered Waiting for Sunrise on the Sound in the Masterprize competition by default. He had intended to submit his faster and more dazzling (and more frequently performed) West End Express, but competition rules concerning the premiere date kept it out of the running. Initially he […]

Composer Dorothy Cadzow Hokanson, 84

Dorothy Cadzow Hokanson Composer Dorothy Cadzow Hokanson, 84, died June 26, 2001, in Seattle after being ill four-years with multiple systems atrophy. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, on August 9, 1916, Hokanson began her musical studies at the piano with her mother. She later took up the violin before devoting herself to composition. Hokanson graduated from […]

Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute Calls for Scores

Composer Aaron Jay KernisPhoto by Daniel Voigt courtesy of G. Schirmer, Inc. Under the guidance of composer Aaron Jay Kernis, up to nine composers will have their orchestral works read by the Minnesota Orchestra and participate in a six-day immersion into the workings of the American symphony orchestra. The orchestra has partnered with the American […]

Free Scores Made Available Online By Composer

Pianist and composer Frederic Rzewski American pianist and composer Rzewski and pianist Jenny Lin have teamed up to distribute his music free to anyone who is interested in it. That’s right, free. The composer got the idea after reading an article that used the term “copyleft” to refer to a category of software that could […]