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 […]

No Progress in Foison Plagiarism Case

Whose music is this?Photo by Melissa Richard On June 7, 2001, Philip Kennicott, writing for the Washington Post, reported that the Capitol Hill Chorale had discovered their American premiere of Tristan Foison‘s Requiem Mass had not only not been the work’s first US performance, but wasn’t the Atlanta-based composer’s work at all. An audience member […]

Universal Partners with Double M to Present New Music

Classical music publisher Universal Edition has partnered with the artist management firm Double M Arts and Events to support, publish, and present the works of contemporary composers that stretch conventional publishing and performance boundaries. UE President Robert Thompson explains that traditionally, publishing has been limited to what was printable. That seems reasonable until you consider […]

Composer Jon Magnussen Appointed Artist-in-Residence

Artist-in-Residence for the Institute for Advanced Study, Jon MagnussenPhoto Courtesy of Jon Mag Jon Magnussen has been appointed Artist-in-Residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. As such, he will lead the annual concert series, introduce new works, and present lectures on new music. Established in 1994, Institute Director Phillip Griffiths explains […]

Philadelphia Music Project Awards $794,000 in Grants

The Pottstown Symphony Orchestra will collaborate with the Landis and Co. Theatre of Magic The Philadelphia Music Project has awarded 18 grants totaling $794,000 this year to support area music projects. The awards range from $5,000 to $80,000 and seek to “engender excellence in performance, creativity in programming and provide recipients with the means to […]

ASCAP Year 2001 Chorus and Orchestra Awards for Adventurous Programming

Gerard Schwartz and Frances Richard present an award to Sandra Madden, general manager of the Colora The Awards for Adventurous Programming, offered annually for the past 44 years by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, have once again been awarded to American choruses and orchestras demonstrating an “exceptional commitment to contemporary composers.” The […]

How to preserve the legacy of important American composers after they die Virginia Bortin, Secretary, the Elinor Remick Warren (1900-1991) Society

Elinor Remick Warren in 1961Photo courtesy The Elinor Remick Warren Society Elinor Remick Warren, one of 20th century America’s most important neo-Romantic composers and one of the most significant women in her field, was born in Los Angeles in 1900 and died there in 1991, leaving more than 200 published compositions for solo voice, chorus, […]

The MP3 Phenomena and Innovative Music

Reprinted with the permission of Judy Dunaway. All rights reserved. (The following paper was presented at the Institut für Neue Musik und Musikerziehung in Darmstadt, Germany on April 9, 2001. Since then, many of the topics discussed have undergone considerable changes (most notably the corporate assimilation of MP3.com and Napster), and certainly more changes will […]

How to preserve the legacy of important American composers after they die Roswell Rudd, Friend and Student of Herbie Nichols (1919-1963)

Roswell RuddPhoto by Verna Gillis Herbie’s father, mother, brother and sister’s family were all alive when he died in 1963, but he died intestate. In a Billie Holiday book, there was a very nice keyboard arrangement of "Lady Sings The Blues" which sounds a lot like Herbie. Only someone with his hands could play it. […]