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05.12.10
20th-Century Music
This is an interesting new release. It features four orchestral compositions by Norwegian composer Arvid Kleven. Kleven was flautist in, what is now Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. Largely self taught as composer, Kleven penned the title work “Lotusland” in 1922 when he
02.23.10
20th-Century Music
In this series titled "Composer Dilemmas," I would like to relfect on issues in the process of composition. How deterministic will this piece be, performance-wise? Once 'finished,' does it remain so? How will the scale of the composition, or the forces
02.19.10
20th-Century Music
In this series titled "Composer Dilemmas," I would like to relfect on issues in the process of composition. How deterministic will this piece be, performance-wise? Once 'finished,' does it remain so? How will the scale of the composition, or the forces
01.20.10
20th-Century Music
Yesterday I found this column by composer/writer Greg Sandow, from 2002. It reflects many of my own feelings on the performance of classical music. Here is a link to the original, but I am reposting it for your convenience. New
01.01.10
20th-Century Music
Peregrina (1969) by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau “It’s another way of being creative. Performing music is more a question of serving. But painting is a dialogue from the start. You make only one stroke – and from that moment you are in discussion
11.28.09
20th-Century Music
Recently I discovered the first video below by Richard Lainhart, performing Olivier Messiaen's Oraison for six Ondes Martinot (1937) on a Buchla synthesizer controlled by a Haken Continuum Fingerboard. The Ondes Martinot is an early electronic instrument, a cousin of the
11.14.09
20th-Century Music
Notes on music, by Alex Ross (link) Books and a dormant blog by the music critic of The New Yorker (link) I’ll be honest: I worship the ground that Mr. Ross walks on. I can only aspire to be anywhere near
10.31.09
20th-Century Music
Who is to say what prize hides behind this door—envelope, please! These are websites I follow on a regular basis (I chose not to hyperlink!): Said the Gramophone http://www.saidthegramophone.com/ Synestheteque http://www.johnkannenberg.com/synesthetech/ Post Classic Radio Playlist http://www.kylegann.com/postclassicradio.html#top Furthernoise.org http://www.furthernoise.org/ Gilles Peterson Worldwide
10.04.09
20th-Century Music
picture: www.cathyjamisonfineart.com (music) Chris Watson http://www.chriswatson.net/ Chris Watson is one of the world's leading recorders of wildlife and natural phenomena, and in his album ‘Weather Report’ he edits his field recordings into a filmic narrative. On a personal
09.28.09
20th-Century Music
If there is a recording that really stuck to my mind it is Bernstein’s recording of Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony made almost exactly 50 years ago – in October 1959. This was not only my introduction to Shostakovich’s opus but also to
09.27.09
20th-Century Music
In memoriam: with the death of Alicia de Larrocha, a bright star has been added to the constellation. A wonderful pianist, and one of the greatest of the 20th Century-she was an inspiration for me. I truly idolized her playing. She
09.20.09
20th-Century Music
I would like to start off by paraphrasing Charles Wuorinen, in a lecture at June in Buffalo, 2006: “Since the definitive collapse of tonality in 1909, art music has seen a lot of flailing around which hasn’t amounted to much.” Wuorinen
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