Americana Arcana: What is the Most-Performed American Classical Music?

Bradley BambargerPhoto by Melissa Richard There is no doubt that American composers have come a long way since Dvorák admonished them to stop mimicking Europe and come up with a distinctly native form of expression. Yet determining just who are the most popularly successful (i.e., the most frequently performed) American composers on their home soil […]

John Adams: In The Center Of American Music

John AdamsPhoto by Christine AlicinoCourtesy Nonesuch Records Just three days after completing the score for El Niño, a 110-minute "Christmas oratorio" for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, John Adams invites NewMusicBox editor Frank J. Oteri to his home in Berkeley CA to talk about his newest work and how it fits in with his compositional aesthetics, […]

Soundtrack: January 2001

While we wait to see if “Dubya” manages to unite Donkey and Elephant, we will have to content ourselves with music in which there is some kind of tentative “coalition” between styles. Two discs jumped out at me as superlative examples of such blending: Mark Kuss’s chamber music, on Gasparo, and Martin Bresnick’s two-volume Opere […]

Augusta Read Thomas signs with G. Schirmer

Augusta Read ThomasPhoto by Jerome de Perlinghi G. Schirmer, Inc. has announced the signing of Augusta Read Thomas to an exclusive five-year composer contract, in which the company will represent the music formerly in Thomas’s own company ART Musings, as well as her future compositions. “We are thrilled to welcome Augusta Read Thomas to G. […]

What is the dominant musical style of today and what will be the dominant musical style of tomorrow? Martin Bresnick

Martin BresnickPhoto courtesy ASCAP Concert music today is influenced by such a wide and powerful range of sources – audio technology, computers and the Internet, popular, folk and world music, conceptual art, film and theatre, among others – that it is impossible to isolate a single dominant style. Despite, or perhaps because of that pluralism […]

Ways of Listening

After intensive periods of performance, recording and teaching, my ears sometimes tell me they need a rest from music.

American Composers Forum Announces Composers Commissioning Program Winners

Photo of Hollis TaylorPhoto credit Carol Yarrow The American Composers Forum has announced the results of the 2000 Composers Commissioning Program (CCP), which is funded by the Jerome Foundation. The CCP, now in its 21st year, supports the production of new musical works by emerging composers. It seeks to boost the careers of younger composers […]

Library of Congress Acquires Nicolas Slonimsky Collection

Nicolas SlonimskyPhoto courtesy of Electra Yourke The Library of Congress has acquired a large archive of the works of the important American conductor, composer, musicologist and lexicographer Nicolas Slonimsky (1894-1995). The papers, which comprise both printed and manuscript music, programs, writings, correspondence, a large musicians’ biographical file, recordings, and materials in other formats were given […]

American Composer’s Orchestra Names Music Director Designate

Steven SloanePhoto credit Stas Rzeznik 42-year-old American conductor Steven Sloane has been named Music Director Designate of American Composers Orchestra. Mr. Sloane begins his artistic planning duties with ACO effective immediately, and will make his Carnegie Hall debut with the orchestra in March 2002. He will become Music Director beginning with the 2002-03 season, succeeding […]