Barbara Benary On Orchestrating for the Gamelan I began playing Javanese gamelan in graduate school at Wesleyan University in the late ’60s, and about a half dozen years later began adapting my indeterminate and process type pieces for the instruments. Soon after I began composing new pieces specifically for those instruments. My first instinct as […]
As American orchestras perform an increasing number of premieres each season, it is all the more difficult to obtain that elusive second performance. A major roadblock toward that goal is the frequent inability of composers—and their publishers and agents—to secure recordings of concert performances for use in promoting new works.
Eight composers, including Barbara Benary, Glenn Branca, Meyer Kupferman, and Maria Schneider, reveal their approaches.
Opportunities for composers to hear a piece of their work performed by a professional orchestra are few and far between in today’s world of powerful unions, warhorse repertoire, and reluctant conductors, which is why the American Composers Orchestra‘s Whitaker New Music Readings are so appealing to emerging composers. Each year, up to eight composers are […]
Gold Medalist Ned RoremPhoto by Jeffrey Herman [On May 21, 2003, at the annual Ceremonial of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, composer Ned Rorem was awarded the Academy’s Gold Medal, its highest honor. The Gold Medal, awarded in recognition of an entire body of work, is given in alternate years to members in […]