In addition to juggling several compositions, a dance/music concert series in Austin, keeping a radio show moving forward and enduring the grueling experience of buying a house for the first time, I’ve begun the enormous task of taking over the composition department at SUNY-Fredonia. The fact that they’ve given me the keys to a healthy and thriving department is an exciting one, and one of my primary goals is to make sure the students get as much exposure to ideas and resources outside of the university as possible, which of course will include Sequenza21!
To that end, I’ve got a couple of questions for the collective wisdom (I have my own opinions but I’d love to get your input):
- What texts (dealing with composition) would you feel to be important for a young composer to be exposed to? (I already have Ann McCutchan’s The Muse That Sings and Kyle Gann’s American Music in the Twentieth Century and Music Downtown on my list, for example…)
- My duties will include being the faculty advisor for the student-run Ethos New Music Society, which is quite active in the community. Every year they put on a week-long festival and next year their festival will be on electronics in music. One of our jobs is to come up with works that the faculty and students will perform during the week in several concerts (large ensembles, chamber ensembles, voices, solos, take your pick). My question to you…what are your favorite works (new or old) that utilize acoustic instruments with electronics?
Thanks in advance!