Morton Feldman’s anti-opera ‘Neither’, a collaboration with Samuel Beckett

The Rome Opera commissioned Morton Feldman to write an opera in 1977. In the same year, the composer collaborated with Irish writer Samuel Beckett, and Neither was completed and premiered. However, it is not an opera in the traditional sense of the word. Feldman and Beckett had first met in 1976 in Berlin, where the latter was directing … Continue reading Morton Feldman’s anti-opera ‘Neither’, a collaboration with Samuel Beckett

Scott Joplin : King of Ragtime

Scott Joplin, the "King of Ragtime" music, was born near Linden, Texas on November 24, 1868. He moved with his family to Texarkana at the age of about seven. Even at this early age, Joplin demonstrated his extraordinary talent for music. Encouraged by his parents, he was already proficient on the banjo, and was beginning … Continue reading Scott Joplin : King of Ragtime

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

New Voice: Matthew Ricketts

Matthew Ricketts describes a recent work ~ A recent work is Women Well Met (2013) for vocal sextet, premiered last November by the uncannily gifted Ekmeles Ensemble. The text (by Lauren J. Rogener) concerns different portraits and sculptures of women at the Metropolitan Museum, incidentally one of my favorite places here in New York City.   BIOGRAPHY … Continue reading New Voice: Matthew Ricketts

Composer Profile: Liza Lim

  Website | Soundcloud Liza Lim’s compositions are marked by visceral energy and vibrant colour and often explore ritual forms and performance aesthetics from Asian and Australian Aboriginal cultural sources
. Some recurring themes in her work include ‘hiddenness and revelation’, ‘violence and meditation’ and ecstatic transformation. Recent projects have been based on the Sufi verse … Continue reading Composer Profile: Liza Lim