Many musicians and hard-core music lovers will swear to you that they never ever listen to music “in the background” while they work. Only some of them are lying. For me, music in the background generally has the same tantalizing effect as the smell of food coming from the kitchen — I just have to […]
Miguel Del Aguila“The best way to introduce my music to listeners is ideally in a concert hall, well rehearsed, well performed and to a discriminating audience..” Benjamin Lees“…I suppose the best way of becoming acquainted is to have a score at hand while following the recorded piece…” Augusta Read Thomas“The best possible way for someone […]
Listening is still a woefully underdeveloped sense compared to sight.
Joseph Lanza Whatever happened to supermarket music? There was a time – not very long ago – when one could stroll through the aisles of an A&P or a Safeway while violins, pianos, guitars, harps and trumpets played soft instrumental versions of old standards and current hits. These ceiling serenades offered the musical equivalent to […]
The gift of a song can only be given by the person who made it, or by someone to whom the composer has explicitly “given” the song.
Photo by Melissa Richard Beginning on November 22, 2000, the New York State Council on the Arts, in partnership with the American Music Center, will begin Webcasting concerts on NewMusicBox. The concerts will be broadcast from a variety of locations throughout New York. Each concert will be featured on NewMusicBox for one month, and will […]
Photo by Melinda Wilson The American Society of Composer, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has introduced the Junior ASCAP Members or J.A.M. Created to support and nurture the talents of high school music students, ASCAP J.A.M. hopes to educate them, as well, on the value of music and the importance of intellectual property rights. Phil Crosland, […]
In July, 2000, the Chief Executive Officers of five leading copyright organizations agreed to a new partnership called FastTrack. Together, these five organizations represent approximately 38 percent of the global collections for musical works, or more than $1.6 billion USD annually. In September, the FastTrack Board of Directors, meeting in Santiago prior to the opening […]
Kevin BeaversPhoto by Lorin Burgess At the intermission of the October 5th Philadelphia Orchestra concert, after hearing three recent compositions by young American men, audience members completed ballots to help choose the winning work in the Orchestra’s Centennial Composition Competition. The winning piece, Sinfonia by Kevin Beavers, was performed again in Philadelphia on October 6 […]
Photo by Marion Gold The Copland House is inaugurating a new series called The Composer’s Hour. The series is presented for Copland Society members and is hosted by Artistic Director Michael Boriskin. Each program features an prominent composer speaking about creativity and writing music, introducing one of his or her major works, and discussing its […]