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. […]

Masterprize Lists Finalists; Winner to be Decided on October 10

Masterprize, London’s international composer prize, has announced the 2001 competition’s five finalists. Founded by John McLaren in collaboration with BBC Radio 3, EMI, the London Symphony Orchestra, and BBC Music Magazine, the competition is designed to spotlight symphonic works with the potential to enter the standard orchestral repertoire while involving audiences worldwide in the development […]

How to preserve the legacy of important American composers after they die Cecile Bazelon, Widow of Irwin Bazelon (1922-1995)

Cecile and Irwin BazelonPhoto courtesy Cecile Bazelon When an American composer dies, too often his music dies with him. I had heard Bud lament this fact many times. An unexpected inheritance from his Aunt Ethabelle in the late ’80s enabled him to continue recording his works. No matter how fast technology changes, with CDs it […]

View from the West: New Music Ensembles, Composers, and Commissions

Dean SuzukiPhoto by Ryan Suzuki Commissions and residencies have been a way of life for composers since time immemorial. Just recently, on the twentieth anniversary of the premiere of Harmonium, the first commissioned work by then Composer-In-Residence John Adams, the San Francisco Symphony announced a long-term commissioning relationship with the composer. Over the next ten […]

View from the East: Kitschometer

Greg Sandow I’ve been listening to a splashy and not very wonderful (though in the end instructive) CD – The Music of Peter Boyer, a collection of orchestral works released this year by Koch. Boyer is an ambitious 31-year-old, who, his press kit says, is "fast becoming one of the most prominent young American composers." […]

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Music is written in order to transcend the visual and verbal boundaries of rhetoric, but how this is achieved is a point of contention for many composers, musicians and scholars.