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Stravinsky on the DL?

Lew Whittington | Posted 10.20.2013 | Books
Lew Whittington

Robery Craft has written several books on composer, Igor Stravinsky's life and work, and he has even more to disclose, controversially it turns out, in Stravinsky: Discoveries and Memories.

The Sound of Young Composers

Jack Meyer | Posted 10.05.2013 | New York
Jack Meyer

I found myself moved by the unique power of each composition, the superb skill of the performers, and, above all else, the freshness and talent of each emerging composer.

Top 10 Operas That Make Me Proud to Be an American

Justin Moss | Posted 09.02.2013 | Arts
Justin Moss

Originally brought to America through tours presenting traditional European operas, to the vaudeville interpretation, and the simultaneous development of jazz, blues, and musical theater, opera in America has searched for its own identity.

Q&A With Breaking Bad's Composer Extraordinaire, Dave Porter

Xaque Gruber | Posted 08.11.2013 | TV
Xaque Gruber

What a thrill to get to talk to one of my favorite composers on television today - Dave Porter from AMC's Emmy winning, Breaking Bad, for which he has deservedly won an ASCAP Award.

Carter Is Dead

Daniel Asia | Posted 06.25.2013 | Arts
Daniel Asia

Carter's death has brought about a number of hagiographic articles confirming his stature as one of the greatest American composers of the latter half of the 20th century. He finds approval and embraces from some of our finest conductors and performers.

The Impossible's Tapestry of Music and Sound Is Among 2012's Best

Xaque Gruber | Posted 03.08.2013 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

'Tis the season for awards nominations, and rightfully, The Impossible made the grade for its leading lady, Naomi Watts -- but a crucial element of movie making that stirs the audience's soul but all too often goes unmentioned is sound and score.

A Shift in the World's Cultural Capital?

Johnny M. Poon | Posted 01.01.2013 | Arts
Johnny M. Poon

A funny thing has happened in recent years. With the U.S. in a recession, the question is whether changing tides will see more cultural influence emanating from the East. In many ways, Hong Kong has epitomizes the changes in global arts and culture.

The Procrastination Habits of Great Composers

Glenn Winters | Posted 10.14.2012 | Arts
Glenn Winters

What might have taken the place of "random internet surfing" before computers were invented?

World Premiere Of Beckett's 'Ghost Plays'

The Huffington Post | Hallie Sekoff | Posted 08.14.2012 | Arts

For 10 nights in September, three of Samuel Beckett’s compelling “ghost plays” will be paired with original compositions by contemporary compose...

A Short Tour Through Marvin Hamlisch's Unreal Career

The Huffington Post | Hallie Sekoff | Posted 08.07.2012 | Home

Acclaimed American composer Marvin Hamlisch died on Monday at the age of 68. Hamlisch was widely celebrated for his film and Broadway scores--earning ...

Project: Song Blog #4 -- OR -- Being a Composer in the City That Never Sleeps

Carmel Dean | Posted 08.12.2012 | Home
Carmel Dean

Quite often it is the energy and life of the city that inspires me to write, but sometimes it's just too hard to invent a new melody when "Oh Danny Boy" on the bagpipes is the only thing you're hearing.

The Awfulness of Classical Music Explained

Richard Dare | Posted 07.29.2012 | Home
Richard Dare

At classical music concerts, there are a great many "clap here, not there" cloak-and-dagger protocols to abide by. if I could clap when clapping felt needed, laugh when it was funny, what would that be like?

The 'Jocks' Of The Music World

2012-05-22-ICIFYOULISTEN2.jpg | Posted 05.24.2012 | Home

By Andrew Lee Originally published on I Care If You Listen I am not a governess who treats the composer like a child and tells him what he should ...

Simon Shaheen Performs Tribute To Arab Spring

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Massara | Posted 04.09.2012 | Arts

Simon Shaheen is a Palestinian composer and musician who has done more for bringing Arab music to the West than perhaps any other individual in recent...

Choreography and Music: Alexandra Beller and Robert Poss

Johnny Nevin | Posted 06.03.2012 | Home
Johnny Nevin

"Other Stories" is the most recent project in Beller and Poss' multi-year collaboration, but beyond the noteworthy news of an important new work, there lies another narrative.

Subversive Reverence: Timothy Andres Re-Imagines Mozart's "Coronation" Concerto

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 05.21.2012 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

Composer and pianist Timothy Andres's take on the subject of demigods in art is far removed from conventional Romanticism: "We like to imagine that our artists have this kind of divine inspiration. I think if they say they do, they're probably having you on," says Andres.

German Composer Heiner Goebbels Wins Ibsen Prize

AP | Posted 03.20.2012 | Arts

OSLO, Norway -- German composer and music director Heiner Goebbels has won the International Ibsen Award for creating new insights in theater that hav...

Pharrell And Hans Zimmer To Collaborate For Oscars

Posted 12.12.2011 | Arts

The Academy Awards has seen some odd pairings (remember the awkward co-hosting team of Anne Hathaway and James Franco?), but perhaps this year's music...

Who Is The Greatest Classical Composer Of All Time?

nytimes.com | ANTHONY TOMMASINI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

YOU know that a new year has truly arrived when critics stop issuing all those lists of the best films, books, plays, recordings and whatever of the y...

ASCAP AND MUSIC UNITES PARTNER TO PRESENT ASCAP'S NIGHT SCHOOL

Michelle Edgar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michelle Edgar

Music Unites is joining with ASCAP tomorrow night to present "ASCAP's Night School: Publishing 101" the first in a series of four workshop panels deve...

World Premiere by Peter Golub at Chamber Music Palisades

Rodney Punt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Rodney Punt

As might be expected from his theatrical background, Golub favors atmospheric, accessible music, apparent in an evocative new score receiving its world premiere

The International Street Cannibals' Spicy Chamber Music

Peter Christian Hall | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Peter Christian Hall

I was expecting something unpredictable early in 2007, when I made my way to Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn to watch the iconoclastic classical musicians and composers known as the International Street Cannibals mix it up with some young boxers.

Annie Gosfield in Concert -- The Industrial Age Goes Avant-Garde

Rodney Punt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Rodney Punt

One hears the scraping of steel surfaces in the quartet's micro-tuned strings, the heaving, irregular start of massive engines in sputtering drum riffs, and the sonic echoes of a warehouse.

How to Kill Classical Music?: Discuss It to Death on the Radio

Lennard Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Lennard Davis

It's Saturday morning, and I've got the radio tuned to a classical music station. I want to hear Vivaldi or Mozart or Bach, and instead I am hearing two wonks discussing the minutiae of musical performance.

Leonard Bernstein: "Charismatic, Pompous -- and a Great Father'

Ginny Dougary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ginny Dougary

It's hard for a child, of whatever age, to see his or her parent through the eyes of the world and it becomes clear that Nina Bernstein has pretty conflicted views of her father.