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 […]
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, 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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." […]
How concerned should composers be about the distant future?
Cecile Bazelon“I don’t want conductors or performers saying that the widow is pestering them, so largely I try to rely on publishers and recordings to be effective.” Roswell Rudd“There are no big campaigns that I know of to put Herbie Nichols stage center. I wish there were. But all over the planet you’ll find people […]