Tag Archives: Michael Colgrass

Music is Hard 57: Size

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This week, we are inspired by the recent premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s gargantuan Mittwoch aus Licht. Why did it take so long to be premiered? How do we think about works that flirt with the border between “impossible” and “really, really hard”?

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Timothy Rutherford-Johnson: Mittwoch—the Reviews”

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Music is Hard 31: Trivia

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We agree that musicians have a responsibility to know certain details about the music we make, but how much can we reasonably expect of audiences? Should they know or care about the same trivia that musicians do? Tim wins arguments on the blog of a Pulitzer-winning composer (hint: not Dave).

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Michael Colgrass: Can Classical Music Match the Power of Movies (comments)

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SoundNotion 24: Weak Metaphor

Topics include Rob Deemer’s book project, Jeremy Denk and David Lang talk baseball the value of originality (whatever that is), the future of (batonless) orchestras, a new book of graphic notation, new music-rowboat style, and American experimental music.


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