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Music is Hard 60: Organizations

This week:
What are our various professional organizations good for? What are they good (and bad) for? How can we be better members of our professional organizations? How can we make our organizations better? Bonus: Dave shares a personal beef.

On a side note, this will be our final episode of Music is Hard. We’ve had a great time making these. Thanks to everyone who listened. Look for some new shows from SoundNotionTV soon.

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Music Is Hard 59: Accessibility

This week:
What does it mean for music to be “accessible”? Why are we seeing a resurgence of accessible music? What do composers owe performers? What do performers and composers owe audiences?

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Music is Hard 57: Size

This week:
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”?

Links:
Timothy Rutherford-Johnson: Mittwoch—the Reviews”

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Music is Hard 56: Compliments

This week:
As musicians, we both love and loathe going to performances by our friends and colleagues. What do you say to performers and composers after a performance? How do you take compliments and criticism from your audience?

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Music is Hard 54: Reviews

This week:
Zachary Woolfe’s extremely negative New York Times review of Charlie Siem’s recital at Le Poisson Rouge got us thinking about the nature and value of reviews. What are they worth to us as performers, composers, and fans of classical music? How can we as journalist-wannabes do them better?

Link:
Zachary Woolfe: “Impeccably Dressed, With His Violin at the Ready”

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