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Music Review: November, by Dennis Johnson

07/25/2014

Buy from: Amazon.com | Amazon UK | iTunes The musical avant-garde has created a number of very long pieces of music. Morton Feldman’s String Quartet No. 2, for example, runs for around six hours; other works by the same composer last from one to four hours. La Monte Young’s Well-Tuned Piano runs around five to […]

Some Modern Classical Recordings to Discover

07/10/2014

In a recent article, I wrote about why I feel that a lot of contemporary classical music is boring. A few comments and emails made me think that, to counter that article, I should present some modern classical music that’s not boring. I admit that I’m not that familiar with enough contemporary music – by […]

Essential Music: Canto Ostinato by Simeon ten Holt

02/07/2014

I’ve long been a fan of minimalist music, and I’ve written a fair amount about that sub-genre here. There are some key works in minimalism: Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians, Philip Glass’s Einstein on the Beach, Terry Riley’s In C (Amazon.com, Amazon UK) and many others. But there’s one that remains a cult work, […]

John Cage and Morton Feldman in Conversation, 1967

08/30/2012

Listening to a recent recording of Morton Feldman’s For John Cage today (on this new recording of his Works for violin and piano, I searched on the web for some information about Feldman and Cage, and found these very fascinating recordings of the two of them in conversation, recorded for WBAI in 1967, and available […]

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