James LeggPhoto courtesy Michael Torke Composer James Legg died suddenly on November 20, 2000. Mr. Legg began his training in music composition at the Juilliard School of Music while still a teenager and went on to receive a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and an M.A. from Duke University where […]
David Gompper When you ask about the dominant musical style of today, I think it depends upon whom you ask. My music students might name the latest pop group, probably a mixture of rap and rave but never the corporate-owned boy-bands. If I narrowed the question and steered it toward contemporary art music, they might […]
Martin Bresnick, David Gompper, P.Q. Phan, and Marilyn Shrude respond.
Despite our relatively short history as a nation, the United States boasts an artistic landscape that is arguable the most culturally diverse in the world.
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 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, […]
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 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. […]
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 […]
After intensive periods of performance, recording and teaching, my ears sometimes tell me they need a rest from music.