David Wolfson : Dual citizenship in the “classical” music world and the world of musical theatre

David Wolfson is a composer, music director, arranger, pianist and copyist who lives in New York City. He graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 1985, and in that same year was the first recipient of the newly established Darius Milhaud Award and won the Bascom Little Fund’s Musical Theatre Composition Competition for his … Continue reading David Wolfson : Dual citizenship in the “classical” music world and the world of musical theatre

Sarah Kirkland Snider : Unremembered

Except from a longer interview that appeared in New Music Box Molly Sheridan: It seems as if no writer can resist pointing out how you mix pop and classical elements in your work, and clearly there are reasons for this—from instrumentation to vocal style to the artists you work with. The tone of shock that … Continue reading Sarah Kirkland Snider : Unremembered

Today I sing of Othmar Schoeck

Othmar Schoeck (1 September 1886 – 8 March 1957) was a Swiss composer and conductor. He was known mainly for his considerable output of art songs and song cycles, though he also wrote a number of operas, notably his one-act Penthesilea, which was premiered in Dresden in 1927 and revived at the Lucerne Festival in … Continue reading Today I sing of Othmar Schoeck

Listening : Britten Song Cycles for Tenor

Because of Benjamin Britten's long personal and professional partnership with the great tenor Peter Pears, for whom he wrote all his vocal music, Britten wrote three song cycles for the tenor voice: Les Illuminations, op 18; Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, op. 31 (1943); and Nocturne, op. 60 (1958).  These works span much of … Continue reading Listening : Britten Song Cycles for Tenor