Kyle Gann

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  • 10 years ago

    Music moves through repetition. Through music repetition moves. Repetition moves music through. Through repetition moves music. It's easier in notes than in words, but permutation is one of the ways in which time-based art can create variety withi...

  • 10 years ago

    In his 1954 biography of Charles Ives, Henry Cowell told the world that Ives's largest score, his Universe Symphony, was an incomplete and unfinishable torso. In 1986, bassoonist and founder-director of the American Festival of Microtonal Music Jo...

  • 11 years ago

    Anybody seen the line between classical music and pop lately? I can't seem to locate it. In the '80s, composers and incipient rock stars played in each other's spaces and stole from each other, the composers adding backbeats and the guitar bangers...

  • 11 years ago

    Recently a young composer, analyzing a post-minimalist piece by William Duckworth, asked me what the piece meant. There are plausible narratives for a Shostakovich symphony, but we haven't yet collectively teased out what post-minimalist music say...

  • 11 years ago

    Eric Richards is the same age as La Monte Young and Steve Reich, but until his January 21 retrospective at Lotus Music & Dance, he was no more than a name to me. His underground reputation now turns out to be such that I am chagrined, connoisseur ...

  • 11 years ago

    I have long predicted that the orchestra will someday be replaced by the acoustic chamber ensemble augmented by electronics. The way my luck with predictions runs, that probably means my great-great-grandchildren will have season tickets to the NY...


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