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Making Jazz "Legit"

Jazz has been taking its shots lately. In a recent post for the webzine New Music Box, titled “In Defense of Jazz,” Patrick Zimmerli documents a whole litany of recent popular insults to jazz from sources as diverse as… 1,128 more words


Modern Choral Work

I have listened to and sung quite a few of John Rutter’s works, so for this part of my research I listened to two composers I wasn’t previously familiar with. 230 more words

Research & Reflection

New Complexity

Brian Ferneyhough: Mnemosyne (1986)

This piece by the British composer is written for bass flute and electronics, and I was able to follow along with the score  150 more words

Research & Reflection

Points of "Arrival"

Two or three weeks ago, now, I went to see the Science Fiction movie, Arrival. It’s definitely a movie worth seeing – insightful, intelligent, and surprisingly emotional. 883 more words



I have already listened to some of Steve Reich’s music (see my earlier blog post), so for this part of my research I focused on two composers I was less familiar with. 302 more words

Research & Reflection

CORNELIUS CARDEW :: TREATISE, performed by the Cardew Trio, maskfest, 1.12.2010

Treatise is a musical composition by British composer Cornelius Cardew (1936-1981). Treatise is a graphic musical score comprising 193 pages of lines, symbols, and various geometric or abstract shapes that eschew conventional musical notation. 244 more words


Holy Minimalism

John Tavener: The Lamb

This is a very eerie sounding carol.  The simple opening phrase in G major is sung in unison; this is then repeated but now with a new melody sung at the same time creating a chilling augmented Eb triad, and with a brief dissonance just before the two parts come to rest together on G.   402 more words

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