Are We Losing Music? Part One: “Sibelius®” (or “Yes, This Is a Screed Against Everyone’s Favorite Notation Software, But Someone Needs to Say It!”)

This gallery contains 8 photos.

At the risk of sounding like so many of those who have come before and been on the wrong side of history (I’m talkin’ ’bout you, guy who said music was dead in the 14th century!), I’m going to come … Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment

AAAL Prize

I am delighted to announce that I am one of the recipients of the 2013 Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters! I am particularly happy to join such wonderful company—not only of the other current … Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment

Listen @ This, Part 3: Pastoralia

As NYC and the entire NE region brace for a major winter storm—one which the media has taken to calling “Nemo,” in a fit of particularly crass commercialism (“If we name it, we can SELL it!”)—I have been reflecting on … Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment

“What kind of music do you write?”

Easily my least favorite question. Most composers get asked it on a routine basis by strangers or loose acquaintances, usually followed by unsolicited advice. “Hey! You should write for movies!” Funny that no one thinks twice about giving unsolicited advice … Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment

Goin’ International

As many of you may know, the Juilliard School is about to go international by planning to open a conservatory in China. In doing so she’ll follow countless others worldwide in a trend that has been going on for decades. … Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment

Listen @ This, Part 2: Hindemith Quartets

There was a kind of “Hindemith Moment” in the 1980s or ’90s—I’m not sure when; I just know I started listening to him around the tail end of it, and that happened to coincide with my musical coming of age. … Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment

ROBERT BAILEY, R.I.P.

Although I was not ever directly one of his students, I am nonetheless saddened by the loss of this wonderful man and musician. Prof. Bailey was one of the cornerstones of Juilliard’s Music History Department. He was also one of … Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment

Snapshot: “A Day in the Life of a Composer,” or “Why I Don’t Write Much Music”

There are no doubt plenty of professionals who can identify with the following statement: “I could get so much done, if only I didn’t have to _________!” At most I produce one or two works per year. That’s not very … Continue reading

More Galleries | 3 Comments

Radio Interview

A few months ago, I gave a radio interview for allclassical.org, along with a friend of mine, the violist Charles Noble. This was back in September, in preparation for a show his quartet did in Portland of my music and … Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment

Sad News from Louisville

To me, one of the saddest aspects of the whole Louisville Orchestra situation is that we might be losing one of the most important institutions in American music in the 20th century. Even a cursory glance at this list of recordings reveals how … Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment