Alexander Schubert : combining different musical styles with contemporary classical concepts

Alexander Schubert (1979) studied bioinformatics and composition. Schubert’s interest explores cross-genre interfaces between acoustic and electronic music, combining different musical styles (like hardcore, free jazz, popular electronic music, techno) with contemporary classical concepts. Schubert has participated in his youth and early career in the above-mentioned genres both in groups and as a solo artist. Furthermore … Continue reading Alexander Schubert : combining different musical styles with contemporary classical concepts

Remembering Steven Stucky : Gentle yet powerful influence

“One kind of artist is always striving to annihilate the past,” composer Steven Stucky once wrote, “to make the world anew in each new work, and so to triumph over the dead weight of routine. I am the other kind . . . who only sees his way forward by standing on the shoulders of those who … Continue reading Remembering Steven Stucky : Gentle yet powerful influence

Three Birthdays Today : Mississippi Fred McDowell; Jay McShann; Morton Feldman

When Mississippi Fred McDowell proclaimed on one of his last albums, "I do not play no rock & roll," it was less a boast by an aging musician swept aside by the big beat than a mere statement of fact. As a stylist and purveyor of the original Delta blues, he was superb, equal parts Charley … Continue reading Three Birthdays Today : Mississippi Fred McDowell; Jay McShann; Morton Feldman

Francis Poulenc : Born today in 1899

Today is the birthday of French composer Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc, born in 1899. Poulenc has always had a special place in my heart ever since I first heard his music my first year at music school.  Prior to my formal music studies my background had been in jazz and R&B.  While I had a … Continue reading Francis Poulenc : Born today in 1899

Silvestre Revueltas: Mexican composer and conductor born today in 1899

"The music evokes pre-Columbian landscapes and images with a cinematic grandeur, sweep and colorfulness that go beyond the merely picturesque. The suite reaches its climax (in more ways than one) in the fourth section, "Night of Sorcery," featuring no fewer than a dozen percussion instruments--drums, gourds, rasps, even a conch shell--leading a Mayan sacrificial dance. … Continue reading Silvestre Revueltas: Mexican composer and conductor born today in 1899

#ElliottCarter : String Trio (2011)

A German pre-Romantic philosopher, Johann Georg Hamman, held that the sense of music was given to man to make it possible to measure time. The composer Elliott Carter’s fame comes partly from a reconception of time in music that fits the world of today (although there are many other aspects of his music to enjoy). … Continue reading #ElliottCarter : String Trio (2011)

Pet Sound : Doina Rotaru

Born in 1951, composer Doina Rotaru has a B.A. and a M.A in composition at the National University of Music in  Bucharest. She studied here between 1970 and 1975  with Tiberiu Olah.  Since 1996 she has been a professor of composition and, since 2008, the head of the composition department at the same University. She … Continue reading Pet Sound : Doina Rotaru