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SoundNotion 212: Something-in-Something

This week on SoundNotion, Mason Bates and Mark Campbell are writing a Steve Jobs opera, a new weapon emerges in the “Happy Birthday to You” copyright battle and the Met steps toward modernity by doing away with blackface and starting a Roku channel.

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SoundNotion 39: Undefeated

Los Angeles New Music Ensemble music director Christina Giacona joins the panel to discuss the passing of Steve Jobs, the Gramophone Awards (what’s that?), good times in Seattle and Brooklyn, and the perfidy over donor money in the Philadelphia Orchestra.


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Music is Hard 17: Virtuosity (part 2)

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We continue our discussion of virtuosity, this time examining it from a composer’s point of view. How do composers write music that is challenging but not impossible? Should we deliberately try to write hard music? Can composers be virtuosi (5 Italian grammar points!), or is that distinction only for performers? As last week, our discussion of virtuosity was inspired by an eighth blackbird blog post.

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Steve Jobs: 1955 – 2011
“Should Music Sound Hard?” on the eighth blackbird blog

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