Photo by Walter Zooi Given the large number of composers out there today and the enormous range of their activities, the task of determining who warrants inclusion in the Grove Dictionary is, at best, an inexact science. The Grove is an amazing resource; but I really have no idea how composers are selected in this […]
I view inclusion in the Grove dictionary as a recognition that is, like any other award, valuable only to the extent that it paves the way for you to do your chosen work. Awards are, of course, political and geography/social class dependent. We all know that. If there is an award that could draw attention […]
When I received the letter from the American Music Center inviting me to participate in this discussion, two things immediately occurred to me: 1) The criteria for such decisions as to who should and who should not be included in the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians will inevitably involve some form of quantification: i.e., […]
Dean SuzukiPhoto by Ryan Suzuki The university where I teach, San Francisco State University, is like so many state universities across the nation. The mission of the university is to educate a very large portion of the college age demographic. Not an elite school, either in terms of prestige or finances, the standards for entry […]
Greg Sandow Some of the best new sounds I’ve lately heard are on the soundtrack of Punch-Drunk Love, a marvelous, mostly unpredictable romantic comedy directed by P. T. Anderson, who also did Magnolia. This movie, like Magnolia, is almost an art film in pop-film guise, or maybe the reverse, a pop film in art-film disguise. […]
The two leading English-language reference works on composers of classical music, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, brought out new, vastly expanded editions in 2001. Nearby library shelves are sagging with smaller, more specialized recent books offering information on American composers living and dead. An unprecedented amount […]
Pondering the feasibility of comprehensive inclusion and The Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
Anne LeBaron, Thomas Oboe Lee, Paul Moravec, John Melba, Carla Scaletti, Alvin Singleton, and Frank Ticheli debate.