audience Archive

My “Ada­gio for String Quar­tet” was per­formed in Sep­tem­ber, 2011 at Barge­mu­sic, a pres­ti­gious per­for­mance venue in New York City. The per­form­ers were the superb young string ensem­ble, PUBLI­Quar­tet —...

Video of PUBLIQuartet’s “Adagio” performance at Bargemusic

My “Ada­gio for String Quar­tet” was per­formed in Sep­tem­ber, 2011 at Barge­mu­sic, a pres­ti­gious per­for­mance venue in New York City. The per­form­ers were the superb young string ensem­ble, PUBLIQuartet —…

Amer­i­can com­poser Lee Hoiby passed away in late March. Since I had pre­vi­ously posted a great quote by him and am a fan of his vocal works, his obit­u­ary in...

Another Lee Hoiby quote

Amer­i­can com­poser Lee Hoiby passed away in late March. Since I had pre­vi­ously posted a great quote by him and am a fan of his vocal works, his obit­u­ary in…

To recap Part 1 of my reac­tions to the film Black Swan, I posed the ques­tion of: …how to rec­tify our train­ing with our wild-card pen­chant for cre­ativ­ity? Artists any­where will...

Black Swan’s composition lesson Part 2

To recap Part 1 of my reac­tions to the film Black Swan, I posed the ques­tion of: …how to rec­tify our train­ing with our wild-card pen­chant for cre­ativ­ity? Artists any­where will…

The Kennedy Cen­ter Hon­ors were broad­cast on tv recently. This year the hon­orees were Bill T. Jones, Oprah Win­frey, Jerry Her­man, Merle Hag­gard, and Paul McCart­ney. (Notice that three of...

Renée Fleming wants to rock and roll

The Kennedy Cen­ter Hon­ors were broad­cast on tv recently. This year the hon­orees were Bill T. Jones, Oprah Win­frey, Jerry Her­man, Merle Hag­gard, and Paul McCart­ney. (Notice that three of…

Sometimes, when I start a new piece, within the first few measures or so, I'll stop and ask myself, "What do I want out of this piece?"

First Question

Some­times, when I start a new piece, within the first few mea­sures or so, I’ll stop and ask myself, “What do I want out of this piece?”

Have you spent time brows­ing around ASCAP’s web­site? Some inter­est­ing things buried there. For instance, here’s Murphy’s Laws of Song­writ­ing, includ­ing this bit about aim­ing your songs espe­cially to an...

The song as a (gendered) script

Have you spent time brows­ing around ASCAP’s web­site? Some inter­est­ing things buried there. For instance, here’s Murphy’s Laws of Song­writ­ing, includ­ing this bit about aim­ing your songs espe­cially to an…

I’m a lit­tle late in post­ing a recap, but bet­ter late than never! On Feb­ru­ary 23, 2010, Sofia Dim­itrova, accom­pa­nied by Tamara Cashour (not pic­tured) per­formed “When Time is Over”...

When Time is Over” presented by NYCC

I’m a lit­tle late in post­ing a recap, but bet­ter late than never! On Feb­ru­ary 23, 2010, Sofia Dim­itrova, accom­pa­nied by Tamara Cashour (not pic­tured) per­formed “When Time is Over”…

Bob Dylan has an inter­view on his web­site in which he has some inter­est­ing things to say about audi­ences and styles. About the craft of cre­at­ing music, for instance, he says:...

Bob Dylan on audiences

Bob Dylan has an inter­view on his web­site in which he has some inter­est­ing things to say about audi­ences and styles. About the craft of cre­at­ing music, for instance, he says:…

It’s not a show I usu­ally watch, but I hap­pened across some­thing called Hell’s Kitchen on tele­vi­sion the other night. For the unini­ti­ated, it’s a real­ity TV show in which...

What Chefs Can Teach Composers

It’s not a show I usu­ally watch, but I hap­pened across some­thing called Hell’s Kitchen on tele­vi­sion the other night. For the unini­ti­ated, it’s a real­ity TV show in which…

Music is such an abstract, can’t-put-your-hands-on-it art form. I’m always find­ing it use­ful to com­pare music to visual arts. I recently came across this web­site which is a humor­ous attempt...

Something for Hitchcock Fans

Music is such an abstract, can’t-put-your-hands-on-it art form. I’m always find­ing it use­ful to com­pare music to visual arts. I recently came across this web­site which is a humor­ous attempt…

I’ve been a fan of Prince since back in 1982, when his album 1999 came out. It’s no secret that pop music has suf­fered com­mer­cially in the last few years...

Prince Shows the Way?

I’ve been a fan of Prince since back in 1982, when his album 1999 came out. It’s no secret that pop music has suf­fered com­mer­cially in the last few years…

For those of us con­cerned about form and archi­tec­ture, here’s a great quote about Beethoven, cour­tesy Bernard Hol­land in the 2/23/07 New York Times: Beethoven was the Clas­si­cal era‚Äôs psy­cho­log­i­cal archi­tect....

A Beethoven Thought

For those of us con­cerned about form and archi­tec­ture, here’s a great quote about Beethoven, cour­tesy Bernard Hol­land in the 2/23/07 New York Times: Beethoven was the Clas­si­cal era‚Äôs psy­cho­log­i­cal architect.…

Here’s some­thing I’ve been won­der­ing about lately. As you develop your own style, is it good to be aware of it? For instance, I know that I like to write...

Considering style

Here’s some­thing I’ve been won­der­ing about lately. As you develop your own style, is it good to be aware of it? For instance, I know that I like to write…

Part of the busi­ness of being a com­poser is draw­ing some atten­tion to your music. (Or per­haps draw some atten­tion to your­self!) And if you are a com­poser doing busi­ness...

Give Something for Free

Part of the busi­ness of being a com­poser is draw­ing some atten­tion to your music. (Or per­haps draw some atten­tion to your­self!) And if you are a com­poser doing business…

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