American Original : Harry Partch (June 24, 1901 – September 3, 1974)

"I am not an instrument-maker, but a philosophical music-man seduced into carpentry." American composer Harry Partch (1901-1974) had a musical vision for which 12-toned instruments were not enough. His objection to the standard western classical scale wasn’t so much along the philosophical lines of Schoenberg and other early 20th-century atonalists; he was mainly frustrated by … Continue reading American Original : Harry Partch (June 24, 1901 – September 3, 1974)

Scott Miller : high adventure avant garde music of the best sort

Scott Miller is a composer of electroacoustic, orchestral, chamber, choral and multimedia works described as ‘high adventure avant garde music of the best sort’ (Classical-Modern Music Review) and 'inspir[ing] real hope & optimism for the future of electroacoustic music.' (5against4.com). Known for his interactive electroacoustic chamber music and experimental performance pieces, Miller has twice been named a … Continue reading Scott Miller : high adventure avant garde music of the best sort

Terry Riley : Requiem for Adam

Terrence Mitchell "Terry" Riley is an American composer and performing musician associated with the minimalist school of Western classical music, of which he was a pioneer. His work is deeply influenced by both jazz and Indian classical music.  Requiem for Adam is a studio album by the Kronos Quartet. The music was composed by Terry Riley, commissioned … Continue reading Terry Riley : Requiem for Adam

At last, Lukas Foss : Complete Symphonies

Released last month by the  Boston Modern Orchestra Project, this 2 disc recording collects all of the symphonies by Lukas Foss.  Even if these were not good performances - they  are - this would be a valuable recording since Foss's symphonies have been unjustly neglected. Mr. Foss was, from the start of his composing career, considered an … Continue reading At last, Lukas Foss : Complete Symphonies

The Pleasure Dome of Charles Tomlinson Griffes

Charles Tomlinson Griffes (born Elmira, NY, 17 Sept 1884; died New York, 8 April 1920). American composer. His earliest musical studies were piano lessons with his sister Katharine. In about 1899 he began to study the piano with Mary Selena Broughton, who taught at Elmira College and who had a profound influence on his personal … Continue reading The Pleasure Dome of Charles Tomlinson Griffes