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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]