Elliott Carter: Celebrating a Long Life of Music

| December 11, 2012

On November 5th of this year, the classical music world lost one of its giants. Elliott Carter would have celebrated his 104th birthday today, most likely by attending a concert or composing a new piece.

Elliott Carter

Born in New York City …

The Sounds of Summer: Music at the Movies – Part II

| July 5, 2012

A continuation of the discussion of the value of cinematic soundtracks to the world of both serious music and to music education…

Each year, as Hollywood offers the movie-going community an array of new film scores to appreciate, publishers of …

The Sounds of Summer: Music at the Movies-Part I

| June 20, 2012

Summer has hardly begun, but the summer movie season is already in full swing.  Every year, a parade of blockbuster films compete with each other for the millions of dollars moviegoers will spend in search of a journey into the magic …

The Ahn Trio: A Powerful Force in the Music World

| February 8, 2011

A few months ago I came across a program on PBS called On Canvas: The Ahn Trio which presented a live performance from Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.  Three young ladies, Angella, Lucia, and Maria, are sisters who were …

A Sonata and Software Virtuoso

| September 21, 2010

Robert Taub

Robert Taub

World-renowned pianist and Beethoven expert Robert Taub has replaced his piano sonatas with software… at least for now!  A few years back, Robert had an idea to create a software platform that musicians could use use as a

A Different Role

| July 23, 2010

Recently I met with one of my former professors, a terrific mentor and now colleague.  Addressing him by his first name is a bit surreal after many years of sitting in his classroom.  The purpose of the meeting began rather …

A New Spectrum of Performance

| April 28, 2010

When we think of classical music we conjure sounds of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Ravel, Wagner, and Copland, among others.  But it’s no secret that with that love of the classics often comes a noticeable hesitation to embrace contemporary classical music,  …