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Who-cares-about-the-Super-Bowl-now Monday

Doubtless legions of Sequenza21 fans are crestfallen this morning. Being people of superior intellect, you were all hoping for a New England / New Orleans Super Bowl. Now we get the Bears and the Colts. In any case, Prince is the halftime show this year. Can you guess what young composer went on the record […]

Steve’s click picks #13

Philippe Kocher (b. 1973 — Switzerland) Philippe Kocher studied piano, electroacoustic music and musicology in Zurich and more recently music theory and composition with Detlev Müller-Siemens at the Musikakademie Basel, where he graduated in June 2004. He spent the academic year 2004-05 in London at the Royal Academy of Music, where he was at the […]

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy

Hey – don’t worry if you don’t have a great date to go to the movies with tonight: just stay home and tune in to modernism’s official goofball, Mauricio Kagel. UbuWeb is featuring a bunch of his films made between 1965 and 1983 all packed onto one zany page. These films are apparently rarely screened […]

Buchwald and Me

The picture was taken about 11 am on November 22, 1963 in the newsroom of The Parthenon, the student newspaper of Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va.  The young man, barely recognizable to me today as a former version of myself, is interviewing Art Buchwald, his hero, for the paper.  A half hour later Buchwald was on his way to the […]

On Thursday, the Ogre erwartet devastating commentary.

Right now — just maybe — on Contemporary Classical Internet Radio, there might be the broadcast premiere of a string piece by Arnold Schoenberg. Is this the big moment? Find out here. (Thank Glenn Freeman.) Speaking of Arnie: yesterday I lugged a bigass score of Erwartung on the 2 train from Brooklyn College all the […]

Last Night in L.A.: Blue-orange chords

The description in the title is how Messiaen described a section of the piano part in the second movement of his great “Quartet for the End of Time” (1941).  Last night’s Philharmonic chamber concert in Disney Hall came as close as I can imagine to enabling me to see sounds.  It was a gorgeous performance […]

Cold Wednesday Miscellany

Robert Ashley’s latest opera, Concrete, deals with the secrets of ordinary people who are accompanied by Ableton Live. It opens tonight. Steve Smith had a substantive piece in the Times a few days ago. Lawrence Dillon likes the cold; go over and read some CD reviews; and I’m feeling beamy these days. Or should I? […]

Lost and Found

Jerry sent me a box load of CDs for review under the agreement that I will choose lesser-known composers. So a new column called “Lost and Found” is born, and will (hopefully) be an every-other week installment. American Women: Modern Voices in Piano Music (self-published) Nancy Boston, piano In American Women: Modern Voices in Piano […]

But what I really want to do is compose!

Anyone who’s dabbled even casually with the music world knows it’s full of heartbreak, exhilaration, passion, and drama. A profession overstuffed with possibilities for storytellers in all media, it’s a wonder to me why more film directors, novelists, and playwrights don’t take the plunge. But appearing today in bookstores across the fruited plain is Overture […]

Equality of the composing sexes

Five minutes before Elisabeth Lutyens appeared live on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Start the Week’ in 1979 she threatened to denounce Russell Harty as a ‘homosexual interviewer’ if he mentioned the phrase ‘lady composer'; thankfully Harty avoided using the words when the programme was on air. Lutyens was a larger than life personality who pioneered serial techniques in […]