Celebrate John Adams

And, no, I am not talking about John Adams, the composer of gargantuan inanities such as the opera The Death of Klinghoffer. I am going to write about the other composer named John Adams, more accurately, John Luther Adams: born January 23, 1953; an American composer whose music is inspired by nature, especially the landscapes … Continue reading Celebrate John Adams

Was John Cage the greatest composer of the 20th century?

Who was the greatest composer of the 20th century?  This was the question asked recently on a popular Classical Music forum.  Many names were put forward: Bartok, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, my choice was Cage, but even some argued for Mahler. This raises the question how could a composer that died in 1911 be considered the greatest … Continue reading Was John Cage the greatest composer of the 20th century?

Overview : Pelléas et Mélisande

Debussy had planned on writing an opera for some time prior to Pelléas et Mélisande.  Much earlier he had remarked,  "For a long time I had been striving to write music for the theatre, but the form in which I wanted it to be was so unusual that after several attempts I had given up … Continue reading Overview : Pelléas et Mélisande

focus : early music

I really enjoy listening to music from the 13th-15th centuries.  This has been an interest of mine for almost as long as my love of music.  And I am told that often people who enjoy contemporary classical music also enjoy early music, and not much in between.  While that is not entirely true for me, … Continue reading focus : early music