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Commemoration Music: Narrating 9/11

Thu, 2017-04-27 04:24
In WTC 9/11, Steve Reich follows the repetitions and cyclical structures of minimalist and post-minimalist music, but applies a heavy editorial hand to his sources and their setting to construct an unambiguous emotional and affective narrative. Tim Rutherford-Johnson concludes his examination of memorial music with a piece that creates a sort of minimalist realism rather than an abstract space for contemplation.

Composing and Motherhood

Wed, 2017-04-26 04:00
Though my commitment to composing is as strong as ever, I’m starting to understand some of the ways that composers who are mothers intentionally and unintentionally get written out of new music.

Self-Plagiarism and the Evolution of Style

Mon, 2017-04-24 04:59
A composer's style becomes distinctive not only because certain ideas are present in many of their compositions, but because that composer has made compelling artistic choices deliberately and repeatedly across their body of work. Rather than imitating old ideas or forcefully repurposing them into new pieces, we can view a creative lifetime as a chance to create our own musical vocabulary.

Commemoration Music: Working Out What’s Going On

Thu, 2017-04-20 04:45
Tim Rutherford-Johnson continues his examination of memorial music with a deep dive into Michael Gordon’s The Sad Park: "a rare portrait of doubt, anger, anguish, and bafflement that stands apart from the calming tone of official memorial style."

Undisciplined Music

Wed, 2017-04-19 04:10
Practitioners of serious music have often neglected to take their physical selves seriously. But in new music today, a focus on the body as performing subject is gaining momentum. Ready or not, Jessica Aszodi digs into The New Discipline.

On Being a “Choral Composer”

Mon, 2017-04-17 04:22
I'd urge any other composer contemplating a full-time composing career to ask the same questions I considered: What work do you most enjoy doing? What work of yours have others already recognized as excellent? What medium or mediums stand out as the best fit for the ideas you feel compelled to express in your music?

The Big Man with the Big Sound–Remembering Arthur Blythe (1940-2017)

Fri, 2017-04-14 08:03
Big Arthur Blythe, the big man, with the big sound. That’s the way I will always remember him: big sound / big heart / big laughs / big personality.

30 Fellows Selected for Inaugural Blackbird Creative Lab

Thu, 2017-04-13 09:11
Thirty early-career musicians have been chosen to receive fellowships to the Blackbird Creative Lab, a newly launched two-week summer training program taking place Ojai, California, this June.

Commemoration Music: Commemorating 9/11

Thu, 2017-04-13 04:09
If one were looking for an official “monument” among musical responses to 9/11, one might expect to find it in John Adams’s On the Transmigration of Souls.

Your Computer is Listening. Are you?

Wed, 2017-04-12 04:00
Due to the rate of growth and development of A.I. technology, #resistanceisfutile. Which is to say that computer-composed music is here, and the conversation needs to change.

Du Yun Awarded 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Music

Mon, 2017-04-10 11:58
Angel's Bone by Du Yun has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music.

Bringing a Residency Home

Mon, 2017-04-10 04:38
The time at a residency feels sacred, and for that brief period, your life is centered around the pursuit of creativity.

Twenty Seasons of Cutting Edge Concerts

Fri, 2017-04-07 05:00
The challenges of producing, organizing, maintaining, and funding the Cutting Edge Concerts are great. However, the rewards are equally great: bringing new music to new audiences; providing a platform for composers to hear their music performed by outstanding musicians, and providing musicians interested in new music the opportunity to work with composers.

Commemoration Music: Memorials and Monuments

Thu, 2017-04-06 04:00
While the “memory mania” seen in public art may not have overtaken music, it is clear that musicians have been similarly fascinated with memory and commemoration over the last twenty years or so. What might these works say about how we articulate and understand the difficult emotions associated with traumatic loss?

Speak Now: How Classical Music Got Me Woke

Wed, 2017-04-05 04:06
Ashley Jackson's research and writing have focused on how 20th-century African-American artists and composers navigated a sharply segregated society through their cultural practice. "It is to their artistic bravery that I look," she says, "when thinking about how to use music and words as my own voice in today’s wave of social and political activism."

Living a Long-Form Life

Mon, 2017-04-03 04:20
We don’t need to imagine that one big performance or one big award will be responsible for making our entire career. Instead, we can ask ourselves what we’ll try to achieve over the course of a creative lifetime.

Martha Mooke: Walls, Windows, and Doors

Sat, 2017-04-01 06:30
In any given week, Martha Mooke could be performing a solo concert on her electric five-string viola, playing in a symphony or Broadway pit orchestra, touring either with a famous rock musician or one of her own improvisational groups, and/or giving educational clinics to young string players on how to find their musical voice.

Smooth Sailing: Remembering Francis Thorne (1922-2017)

Fri, 2017-03-31 08:30
When asked to write a memorial essay about F—a.k.a. FT, Franny, or Fran to me and his many friends and acquaintances—I initially refused for fear that my memory would forsake me. But it didn’t take long for me to relent.

Support Systems

Thu, 2017-03-30 08:00
Art exists within the context of the life and beliefs of the artist who created it, and everyone who helped to shape that person’s life and beliefs.

ASCAP Announces 2017 Morton Gould Young Composer Award Recipients

Thu, 2017-03-30 05:00
Details for the 19 winners of the 2017 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards and, wherever possible, complete recordings of the award winning musical compositions.

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