Another overlap: http://bbc.in/1fZ6oNz “A team of 18 cyclists is set to tow a baby grand piano up Cragg Vale – the longest continuous ascent in England.” featuring a new composition by composer Dave Nelson.
Preface: Last week, I presented the paper, “From Copland to Weezer: Variations on a Shaker Theme” at the SWPCA conference in Albuquerque, NM. Below, I’ve modified the presentation to fit the format of a blog (somewhat), focusing on Cuomo’s use of Simple Gifts and apparent homage to Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring. The embedded Prezi contains […]
At USC, my professors required every composition major to write Program Notes to accompany all of our performed works. Inevitably, grumpy students responded with, “but I want my music to speak for itself!” Whether their indignation stemmed from a genuine desire to communicate with an audience solely by musical means, or it came from a […]
Preface: Sadly, it isn’t News that the vast majority of concert halls in the U.S. are still playing the same old pieces. It isn’t shocking to see an all-Mozart program or a night of Beethoven and Brahms. Early 20th century music is becoming more acceptable (but mostly just the late Romanticists). For instance, Stravinsky’s Le […]
I don’t get it. This coming January, 2014 the Charleston Symphony Orchestra is offering a single “themed” concert as part of their season: “Go back in time once again with this season’s Time Machine. The theme is composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky as a visionary, dreamer, and traveler. Join the CSO as we take you on […]
Over the last few months, we have been preparing for our inaugural Treefalls concert here in the upstate of South Carolina. The community has been wonderfully supportive, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the amount of positive feedback regarding contemporary chamber music. The fact that so many are passionate about the project, are actively and […]
Below is the abstract for a paper I’ll be presenting at the 2014 Southwest Popular/American Culture Association conference in Albuquerque, NM. Over the next few months, portions of the paper will be posted on this site as well. From Copland to Weezer: Variations on a Shaker Theme Simple Gifts has been arranged for a wide […]
Call for Scores: ONe Treefalls is looking for new works written by local composers for double bass to be premiered and professionally recorded at our May 30, 2014 concert in Spartanburg, SC. Eligible Composers: between the ages of 23 and 38 resident* of North Carolina or South Carolina About the Piece: 10 minutes or less […]
Musical Humor and Beethoven’s Symphonic Scherzi is a study of the historical importance of musical humor, exemplified by the lasting effects of Beethoven’s compositional choices. In toying with expectations derived from established Classical Period models, Beethoven helped change formal and structural traditions. This change is apparent in the decisions made by future composers who emulated […]
Recently on PezCyclingNews.com, Dr. Stephen Cheung posted a short a study of the benefits of music on cycling. He began by pointing out: Music is an elemental and integral form of human expression… And since the advent of portable music devices, they have increasingly become a part of the athlete’s wardrobe. So while we do […]
Frankly, I like to listen to music… on and off the bike. I’ve been a musician and avid cyclist for the majority of my life, and the two have gone hand-in-hand all along the way. I’ve learned a lot about mixing the two; sometimes the easy way, and sometimes the hard way. Below, I’m going […]
I tore open the gift, unwrapping the heavy, box-like object quickly. One glance at the title and I knew what it was – the book I’d asked for for Christmas. Smiling, I thanked my parents. My brothers asked me what it was, and I held it up displaying the title clearly. “Who’s it about,” someone […]
Back working with Nicholas. This summer, we finalized dozens of musical engraving, score reductions, and examples in this massive undertaking. I’m excited – can’t wait to see the the finished book! The Cambridge Wagner Encyclopedia. Ed. Nicholas Vazsonyi. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (completed, forthcoming 2013).
What a pleasure to be a part of the creation of this book! (From the Cambridge website:) “All modern artists have had to market themselves in some way. Richard Wagner may just have done it better than anyone else. In a self-promotional effort that began around 1840 in Paris, and lasted for the remainder of […]
Abstract: Though music is rife with humor, musical humor as a single subject has rarely been discussed in analytical and theoretical terms. This paper discusses the nature of humor and the current theories surrounding it comparing these to music in broad terms. Specific parallels between music and humor are discussed before delving into musical humor […]