Soundtracks: April 2000

This month’s edition of SoundTracks spans a greater chronology that ever before. Perhaps it’s fitting that in the end of the first year of NewMusicBox, there would be so wide a range. Now that we’re in the 21st Century (pace to the 2001 apostates), of course, it is now possible to have recordings of American […]

Hyphenated Composers

Like many other composers throughout our history, I have been a composer for most of my life but have always had other occupations as sources of income.

Meredith Monk: Composer First

Although she is active as a vocalist, dancer, director, choreographer, and filmmaker, Meredith Monk explains that she considers herself first and foremost a composer.

American Music’s “Elder Statespeople” Comment on the Future of Music George Rochberg

George RochbergPhoto courtesy Theodore Presser Company “Res Severa Verum Gaudium.” (“Serious things [bring] true joy.”) The past is in every present, hence in every future. “Eternity is in love with the products of Time.” (Blake) Surfaces keep changing, never substrata. The 18th/19th centuries’ in-gatherers all loved Res Severa. Their reward, Verum Gaudium, The Beautiful. Surfaces […]

American Music’s “Elder Statespeople” Comment on the Future of Music Henry Brant

Henry BrantPhoto by Kathy Wilkowski, courtesy of Henry Brant What is happening in music may be compared to the current degradation of the natural world environment. Most music today emerges from loudspeakers, rather than from acoustically natural sources. In the United States, public interest is largely confined to commercial popular music. Genuine indigenous music worldwide […]

It’s About Time

Matthew TierneyPhoto by Melissa Richard When musics from all cultures of the world are considered, rhythm stands out as most essential. Unfortunately, rhythm, despite its musical importance, has been less studied than melody and harmony, the history of Western music being primarily a history of pitch. This neglect has been especially unusual because with music […]

Soundtracks: March 2000

If there’s anything that the 26 new CDs featured in SoundTracks this month have in common it’s their inability to be pigeonholed. Taken together, they are proof of how far ranging American music is. While it seems ironic that the most futuristic sounding music that came across our desks this month were discs collecting early […]