Why bother? Because, for better or worse, the symphony remains the greatest technical and aesthetic challenge and resulting statement that a serious composer can attempt outside of opera.
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We professional music copyists during the '80s were like monks -- only we were teamsters, too. Seriously, we were. (I still have my old union card.) We were a band of brothers who would run into one another at Associated Music.
Yaddo, in Saratoga Springs, New York, is more than America's most prestigious artist retreat: it is a testament to one couple's determination to transubstantiate loss into works of art.
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