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Dan Kreider gives us another essay – this one about the essence of rhythm: it’s essential that we transmit the essence of the indicated rhythm – not merely the mathematically correct moment for the musical events. The details of rhythmic units are usually easily identified and altered to convey the meaning behind their construction. Of […]
Jennifer Howard, from The Chronicle of Higher Education, alerted me to this discussion regarding how technology intersects with the scholarly aspects of music making: The ‘content focus’ is a set of editorial projects that implement digital technology in different scholarly disciplines: specifically literary and cultural studies, history, classics, archaeology, and music. While the technical features […]
ChoralNet member Robert Eaton sent me a link to this website following my blog post yesterday on the iPad. forScore, an upcoming app for the iPad, describes itself this way: forScore was designed as a way to take thousands of pages of score with you on the go. With innovative features like the audible […]
I didn’t know that I was going to buy the iPad when I entered the Apple store – I told myself I was going to “look.” Something took hold of me about 10 seconds after I walked in and I knew that I would be purchasing the device. I love it. It is more […]
Minnesota Public Radio features an item on a St. Olaf Choir performance of music by Abbie Burt Benitis. The audience sat silently, transfixed by the beauty and creativity of the piece and granted the composer a prolonged ovation. At intermission she was besieged by admirers. Abbie is the grand-niece of Christmas-carol composer Alfred Burt.
Dan Kreider has another thoughtful blog post up, this one daring to go into communication with the audience: Simply put, art is perception. Although many 20th-century composers adopted the mantra of Milton Babbitt (“Who cares if you listen?”) and often ignored their audience completely, the inescapable fact remains that the essence of art is not […]
I have a friend who sings in a women’s choir, and after their conductor/den mother died of breast cancer, they got in a new conductor who has, shall we say, an XY chromosome. I have commented that that must have changed the family feel of the group somehow, but my friend has always denied that. […]