View From the East: Abstract Atonality

Greg Sandow A while ago I annoyed some readers by comparing atonal music to abstract art. I’d thought that the comparison was a cliché in conversations about 20th-century culture, but the readers I annoyed didn’t see it that way. They thought I’d called atonal music a dirty name, as if I’d said atonal music was […]

Dirty Dozens: A HyperHistory of Serialism

James Reel Originally, Retrograded, Inverted, and Retrograded & InvertedSerial permutations by Amanda MacBlane A fad diet called serialism swept the American academy some 40 years ago. It promised to shed the fat of Romanticism, loosen the gristle of Futurism, tone the flab of Impressionism. Serialism was scientific, developed and refined by the leading minds of […]

Not Just for Breakfast Anymore?

Frank J. OteriPhoto by Melissa Richard As a high school student, my favorite subject after music was probably math. So, as soon as I learned about serial music and its mathematical underpinnings, I was intrigued. I spent the better part of my senior year mulling over the 12-tone score of Alban Berg’s Lulu and when […]

Milton Babbitt: A Discussion in 12 Parts

Milton Babbitt Photo courtesty Milton Babbitt At the Juilliard School of Music October 16, 2001—3:00-5:00 p.m. Videotaped and Transcribed by Amanda MacBlane Conservatories, New Music, and that term “Classical Music” The Lure of Technology Responding to Attacks on Serialism Rap Music Popular Standards On People’s Attachments to Music The Economics of New Music Baseball and […]

48-hour Work Scheduled for Internet Performance

Left to right William Duckworth, Jon Child, Nora FarrellPhoto courtesy Monroe Street Over 100 artists and composers are lined up to perform live as part of a 48-hour continuous webcast, the crowning moment thus far of composer William Duckworth‘s Cathedral 2001 project. This festival of music on the Internet, which will run November 30 through […]

All-Star Cast to Bring Copland/Hemingway Work to Life for Benefit Concert

Poster for Nick Adams Paul Newman, Meryl Streep, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts, Morgan Freeman, Brian Dennehy, Robert DeNiro, Alec Baldwin, Joanne Woodward, Gwyneth Paltrow, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and James Naughton will join creative forces for a benefit presentation reviving The World of Nick Adams, a forgotten 1957 work featuring incidental music by Aaron Copland. The […]

New Airline Rules Could Relegate Instruments to Cargo

Don’t want your instrument in cargo? Start considering alternate means of transportation. The recent tightening of security at airports across the nation has musicians worried that they may no longer be able to carry fragile instruments into the plane with them. Airlines have long made their own ambiguous rules regarding passengers traveling with instruments. Sales […]