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The Power of Recurrence: Further Thoughts on Form

I recently had the pleasure of seeing a live performance of Mario Davidovsky’s Synchronisms No. 10 for guitar and tape. Davidovsky is an Argentine-born composer who has spent most of his career in the US, especially at Columbia and Harvard universities. 970 more words


Watch: Nicholas Cook: The Imaginary African: Music, Race, Identity

Presented to the Faculty of Music Colloquium, 20th January 2016

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912), now forgotten but in his time an outstandingly successful British composer, was the illegitimate child of a West African medical student and an English mother. 124 more words


"New" Music and New Music

I have eluded before that I hate elitism in music and in arts in general. I hate the idea that atonal, minimalism, etc, are for “smart” people only. 523 more words


Manuel Ponce

Watercolors on paper 9″ x 12″

Manuel María Ponce Cuéllar (8 December 1882 – 24 April 1948) was a Mexican composer active in the 20th century. 105 more words


Debussy and 20th Century Music

Most musicians view Debussy as one of the pioneers of 20th century music.  His ideas about modal music, chord spacings, timbre in music, new approaches to musical form and his strong interest in extended harmony indicate his break with the Romantics.   18 more words

20th Century Music

Contemporary Music

How can contemporary techniques as found in 20th century music be used to reinforce and energize video content on global climate change.  Be specific.  Include your article citation.  6 more words

20th Century Music

H is for Toshio Hosokawa

I’m doing the A-Z April Challenge again. This year, I’m going to look only for composers born the same year as I was: 1955.

Today is H, and my choice is Toshio Hosokawa… 26 more words