His artistic obscurity - relative to the stars of the New York School - had nothing to do with his personality, which was gregarious, funny and stimulating, and everything to do with his music, which was concerned with values of reticence, quietness, faintness, stillness; hardly the sort of thing to make headlines in a world where the avant garde was supposed to
épater and outrage. As Michael Finnissy, one of his most stalwart British advocates, put it, "I don't think Morton Feldman's music is ever going to be that popular." There are lots of reasons for this, and they are all good reasons for listening to the music.
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posted by smcg
on Mar 12, 2013 -
John Cage Unbound, A Living Archive
is a multimedia exhibition created by the New York Public Library documenting their collection of videos
, original notes and manuscripts
of contemporary American composer and music theorist John Cage
(1912-1992). "Cage believed that, following his detailed directions, anyone could make music from any kind of instrument" so the NYPL is asking visitors how they would bring his music to life, by submitting videos of their own interpretations of Cage’s work for possible inclusion in the archive. For more extensive collections of John Cage resources, see: WNYC: A John Cage Web Reliquary
and Josh Rosen's fan page
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posted by zarq
on Apr 17, 2012 -
The great pianist-arranger-composer Clare Fischer
has died. Besides being a mean pianist who even Herbie Hancock called a huge influence, very few could claim the achievements of this man, who worked with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie, the Hi-Los and other jazzmen to Prince, Rufus and Chaka Khan, Paul McCartney, Prince, and so many more.
posted by Seekerofsplendor
on Jan 28, 2012 -
“Our souls are worn down through continuous contact with one another,” Sibelius wrote in his diary. And: “I am building a studio for myself—at least one. Next to me are all the children whose babbling and pranks ruin everything.” But he never did build himself a studio; instead, he relocated his study upstairs and forbade the noise of any instrument while he was in the house. The children had to wait until he had gone for his daily walk to do their music practice. [more inside]
posted by smcg
on Dec 13, 2011 -
Brian Eno - Composers as Gardeners "My topic is the shift from 'architect' to 'gardener', where 'architect' stands for 'someone who carries a full picture of the work before it is made', to 'gardener' standing for 'someone who plants seeds and waits to see exactly what will come up'. I will argue that today's composer are more frequently 'gardeners' than 'architects' and, further, that the 'composer as architect' metaphor was a transitory historical blip."
Brian Eno quoted from Edge.org
posted by ThenCameNow
on Nov 13, 2011 -
What then happens is an unbelievable series of Kafkaesque email threads, out-of-office messages, invented holidays, bizarre threats, secret handshakes. If you’re lucky, and very very persistent, you might end up with a CD of it, along with a note saying that “this never happened” and “don’t tell anybody you have this.”
Nico Muhly on the difficulty of listening to one's own work
posted by villanelles at dawn
on Sep 10, 2011 -
While the self-appointed task of one creative act per day continues to exist, I present the sonic explorations of Clang Jingle Clang
. Highlights of Kerrith Livengood's early morning posts include a Goomba
attack, political musings
, and a fable from Aesop
posted by Bistle
on Jan 14, 2011 -
The “LSER” is a response to longstanding requests from subscription holders for a faster mode of self-ejection from the concert hall...The LSER will be a particularly comforting addition to the concert-going experience for patrons anxious about contemporary music, as in the case next month when music director Alan Gilbert will present “Le Grand Macabre” by the twentieth century master György Ligeti.
NY Philharmonic to install new Speedy Exit Ramp.
via Hell Mouth
, the blog of John Adams
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posted by Lutoslawski
on May 13, 2010 -
- Hundreds of perfectly scanned "classical" music scores (and parts) in PDF. Chose a composer from the pop-up menu in the middle of the page to browse the available works by that composer.
posted by persona non grata
on Sep 21, 2006 -
describes itself as "the free classical music directory," and offers links to 3rd-party-hosted downloadable recordings, sliced and diced by hits
, and more
. There are active fora
. Given the old-school look of the site, I was surprised not to find it in my repost search.
posted by mwhybark
on Feb 13, 2005 -
The Song Is You:
there was a perfect singer
- and I do mean perfect
- it was Ella Fitzgerald
. Her Songbooks
(please scroll down for the listings and samples
) are still - and will always
be - the best collection there is of the great American standards. That is, if you don't mind crying and having the little hairs on the nape of your neck stand up and revolt. And swing
. They'd be the last
objects I'd be willing to part with: they're the mother's milk of
Western popular culture. So imagine my surprise when I found their perfect counterpart on the Web: the best-ever collection of lyrics to the songs of the greatest American composers: Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and Richard Rodgers. Admirably, the compiler has gone way beyond his duty and included wonderful standards (quite a few unknown to me) that even Ella never got around to singing. Thank you, Todd
. And God bless you, Sir!
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Sep 22, 2003 -
I've always loved Bernard Herrmann's music (symphonic or film) but I didn't know until this afternoon that he was responsible for the two most recognizable bars of music in the last 30 years: the theme for The Twilight Zone.
posted by realjanetkagan
on Sep 10, 2002 -
Was Richard Rodgers The Greatest American Popular Composer So Far?
2002 is his Centennial. He may be less cool and more bourgeois than the other greats like Harold Arlen
, Irving Berlin
, George Gershwin
, Jerome Kern
, Frank Loesser
, Cole Porter
and Stephen Sondheim
. But even the most cursory look at the long list of the wonderful songs he wrote(try the excellent song search
feature), with Hart
, then Hammerstein
(and some other lyricists, including himself)makes it very difficult to deny there never was - and probably never will be - a more talented and versatile tunesmith. Miles Davis was right. He was
a genius. And yet...[Flash required for the (interesting) intro
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Apr 18, 2002 -