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08.02.09
20th-Century Music
This month in Classical and Experimental Music (as well as related genres and subgenres), I would like to focus on “quiet music.” William Cosgreve wrote the oft-misquoted line “music has charms to soothe the savage breast,” and many people have taken
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
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
08.19.09
20th-Century Music
‘I Leap Through the Sky With Stars’(1994) is based on a Zen poem by the Buddhist poet, Dogen (1200-1253), who was the founder of the Sōtō branch of Zen Buddhism in Japan. Four and fifty years I’ve hung
06.13.09
20th-Century Music
This is an interview from Tom Service of The Guardian, Thursday 28 August 2008 http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2008/aug/28/classicalmusicandopera2 He is one of the world's greatest musicians. But has Pierre Boulez mellowed with age? Not at all, finds Tom Service, as he watches the
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
08.10.09
20th-Century Music
Hello readers, Last week I started a theme for August on "quiet music." Here's a quick summary of the related posts so far: (note: each line links to the referred blog entry) My intro blog post, which includes a cool
08.10.09
20th-Century Music
Note: Click on the composers' names to go to their web page. Morton Feldman has often been lumped together with other "friends/followers" of John Cage, but his importance and influence is becoming increasingly recognized. He was a pioneer in using
09.14.09
20th-Century Music
I was made spellbound by Tania Mouraud’s work La Fabrique, which was part of the Power Plant’s ‘Universal Code’ exhibition this summer. It’s a good sign when a work of art transfixes you; re-engaging you with the face behind the
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
06.13.09
20th-Century Music
Vox Balenae (Latin for “Voice of the Whale”), for electric flute, electric cello, and amplified piano, is quintessential George Crumb. It is theatrical – the composer requests that the players wear half masks and perform under blue lights. It has extended
06.09.09
20th-Century Music
Here’s a challenge for those of you that like to make connections across artistic disciplines. I have come up with names of artists/important figures that share certain things in common. Find the missing link, and I will post the answers progressively
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