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Books, articles, and a blog by the music critic of The New Yorker



Updated: 2017-02-22T02:18:21-05:00

 



Melchior Lechter, Tristan window

2017-02-22T02:18:21-05:00




Kate Soper's Ipsa Dixit

2017-02-20T01:42:34-05:00

Singing Philosophy. The New Yorker, Feb. 27, 2017.



A Bolcom moment

2017-02-17T01:10:05-05:00

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Bookshelf

2017-02-16T00:54:29-05:00

New and recent publications of interest. Bill Alves and Brett Campbell, Lou Harrison: American Musical Maverick (Indiana UP) [available March 2017] Marian Wilson Kimber, The Elocutionists: Women, Music, and the Spoken Word (University of Illinois Press) Pauline Fairclough, Classics for...



Alban Berg Valentine, 2017 edition

2017-02-14T16:57:01-05:00

DRUM MAJOR: Shall I pull your tongue out of your throat and wrap it round your neck? — Wozzeck, Act II Previously: An Alban Berg Valentine, Another Alban Berg Valentine, Yet Another Alban Berg Valentine, Return of Alban Berg Valentine,...

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DRUM MAJOR: Shall I pull your tongue out of your throat and wrap it round your neck?

                — Wozzeck, Act II

Previously: An Alban Berg Valentine, Another Alban Berg Valentine, Yet Another Alban Berg Valentine, Return of Alban Berg Valentine, Nothing says forever like an Alban Berg valentine, Alban Berg Valentine (10th anniversary edition).




The Great Besmirchment

2017-02-08T20:25:09-05:00

Making Art in a Time of Rage, on the New Yorker website.



Threnody to the Victims of Bowling Green

2017-02-10T22:49:58-05:00

Threnody to the Victims of Bowling Green In memory of the fallen heroes of Kellyanne Conway's febrile imagination, I have composed a Threnody to the Victims of Bowling Green, for six independent orchestral groups. Above is the first section, Exordium...



New Haas

2017-02-01T12:42:29-05:00

Written for the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.



Amjad Ali Khan, Jan. 20, 2017

2017-01-30T13:50:44-05:00

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American shame

2017-01-31T00:52:23-05:00

One mark of the dishonor that has fallen on this country in the wake of Donald Trump's morally repugnant, profoundly un-American actions as President is that the brilliant Syrian-born clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh does not know whether he will...