Thomas Buckner Re-Enters the Record Business

Space, Abrams, and Graves CDsdesigned by Matt Schickele New music baritone Thomas Buckner, founder of the legendary 1750 Arch Records, which released more than fifty creative record albums, recently announced the formation of a new label, Mutable Music. Mutable Music will release recordings that promote creative contemporary music. A major focus of the label will […]

10th Annual ACO/Whitaker New Music Readings

The American Composers Orchestra has announced the winners of the tenth annual Whitaker New Music Reading Sessions. The Readings, made possible by a grant from the Helen F. Whitaker Fund, will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at Masonic Hall in New York City. This event provides an opportunity for up-and-coming composers to experience […]

In your opinion, what is the difference between opera and musical theater? Jack Beeson, Composer

Jack BeesonPhoto by Dietrich Dettmann, courtesy Boosey & Hawkes Surrounded by Columbia composers, faculty and students, Stephen Sondheim was asked, “Since a couple of your musicals have been performed in opera houses, why don’t you write a real opera?” Answer: “Because I don’t like their audiences.” Then he asked, “Why don’t you write musicals, Jack?” […]

AAAL Announces 2001 Award Winners

American Academy of Arts and Letters (seal) On February 27, 2001, the American Academy of Arts and Letters announced the seventeen recipients of this year’s awards in music, which total $185,000. The winners were selected by a committee of Academy members: Jack Beeson (chairman), Leslie Bassett, Andrew Imbrie, George Perle, and Ned Rorem. The awards […]

Soundtracks: April 2001

The relationship between music and theater has always been controversial – and productive. On one end of the spectrum are pieces in which text is obviously or completely dominant. Though there are no solely text-based pieces in this month’s new discs — if you want one, try Randy Hostetler’s Happily Ever After, featured in the […]

In your opinion, what is the difference between opera and musical theater?

Stephen Sondheim“…opera is musical theater that takes place in an opera house in front of an opera audience…” Jack Beeson“…In musicals, all the words…are to be understood. Opera audiences…are awed when…they understand an English libretto, and forget to watch the supertitles…” Philip Glass“…Basically, I don’t care what you call it…” Elizabeth Swados“I don’t think those […]

Robert Ashley: You Can’t Call It Anything Else But Opera

Robert Ashley at his home in New York City March 13, 2001, 1:00pm Transcribed by Julia Lu Filmed by Jenny Undercofler Download the Entire Transcript [52K Acrobat PDF] FRANK J. OTERI: I’ve been following your music for over 20 years and am a huge fan of your work which is often hard to describe to […]