In centuries past, the ONLY way one could become familiar with a composer’s music was to hear it at a live concert. Today, of course, we not only have live concerts but recordings, radio (to an extent), scores, the internet and heaven knows what else. The key question, of course, is which approach is best […]
Joanna Lee, photo credit Kitty Katz Joanna Lee, lecturer in the Music Department at the University of Hong Kong, has launched a series of nine weekly broadcasts over RTHK (Radio Television Hong Kong) called American Pitches. The programs will serves as “a showcase of music that is uniquely American.” Lee explained that she wants to […]
The best way to introduce my music to listeners is ideally in a concert hall, well rehearsed, well performed and to a discriminating audience. Of course this ideal situation seldom happens nowadays when orchestras have budgets (and egomaniac conductors) allowing almost no rehearsal time for a new work. They consider it more necessary to use […]
The Presser Archive After 51 years in Bryn Mawr, the Theodore Presser Company will move its entire operations to nearby King of Prussia in January. The present facility houses historical archives of the Oliver Ditson Company and The John Church Company, as well as Presser and newer companies including Merion, Mercury, and Elkan-Vogel. In preparing […]
Pauline Oliveros Frank J. Oteri meets with Pauline Oliveros at Mills College, Oakland CA Wednesday, November 8, 2000, 8:30 – 10:00 p.m. Transcribed by Lisa Kang Defining a Legacy Rethinking the Canon Texas Role Models and Contemporaries Electronics and Indeterminate Music Collaboration and Improvisation Working with Other Musicians: From Quintet of the Americas to Sonic […]
Many musicians and hard-core music lovers will swear to you that they never ever listen to music “in the background” while they work. Only some of them are lying. For me, music in the background generally has the same tantalizing effect as the smell of food coming from the kitchen — I just have to […]
Miguel Del Aguila“The best way to introduce my music to listeners is ideally in a concert hall, well rehearsed, well performed and to a discriminating audience..” Benjamin Lees“…I suppose the best way of becoming acquainted is to have a score at hand while following the recorded piece…” Augusta Read Thomas“The best possible way for someone […]
Listening is still a woefully underdeveloped sense compared to sight.
Joseph Lanza Whatever happened to supermarket music? There was a time – not very long ago – when one could stroll through the aisles of an A&P or a Safeway while violins, pianos, guitars, harps and trumpets played soft instrumental versions of old standards and current hits. These ceiling serenades offered the musical equivalent to […]
The gift of a song can only be given by the person who made it, or by someone to whom the composer has explicitly “given” the song.