David Cameron, Musical Muse?
An odd little tune the outgoing British prime minister sang in front of No. 10 Downing St. has inspired a bit of analysis — and a rash of arrangements and tributes.
Wed, 13 Jul 2016 14:18:00 -0400
Song For A Pony And A Blue-Eyed Girl
Henryk Górecki's rather simple arrangement of a folk song from the Kurpie region of northeast Poland holds power beyond its purpose.
Wed, 06 Jul 2016 09:03:00 -0400
Kip Winger Explores His Classical Side
You might remember the hair band Winger and its MTV hit "Seventeen." The band's namesake, bassist Kip Winger, has another side: classical composer.
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 08:32:00 -0400
The Generalization Generation
When we elevate a certain kind of craft and its formal concerns above all else, this kind of gatekeeping doesn’t just hurt young composers, it also shuts out other potential voices, marginalized voices, voices that could bring new life to new music. It is completely inimical to the spirit of creativity that should animate and drive us.
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 12:30:42 +0000
Chamber Music America Announces $483,000 in Grants for New Works
CMA will distribute a total of $483,100 to 21 ensembles for the creation of new works. A total of $272,000 was awarded to nine jazz ensembles through the New Jazz Works program. Plus twelve grants totaling $211,100 have been awarded through the Classical Commissioning program.
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 17:49:13 +0000
Better Know a Composer: Disambiguation Edition
Was that Jefferson Friedman or Jason Freeman or Joshua Fried? Did you mean Hahn Rowe or Huang Ruo? Did I really just say Larry Polansky when I meant Paul Lansky?
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:26:03 +0000
Memories of Milton
We have all, at one time or another, had to come to terms with Milton Babbitt's music, with his ideas about music, and with the place he helped define for composers. Anyone who can make us question the way forward so profoundly is helping us become ourselves, whether we like it or not. Even people who—to put it kindly—were not fond of Milton owe him a debt of gratitude.
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:33:44 +0000
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