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2001 Stories by Kyle Gann

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  • Composer, Interrupted

    published December 25, 2001

    Fifty years later, everyone's agreed on one thing: She never should have quit composing. And people are angry about it. For Ruth Crawford... More >>

  • Quartet 4 the Beginning of Time

    published December 4, 2001

    He's lived many years in Manhattan—part of the time in the same building where the Gershwin brothers once wrote musicals—but Jerome... More >>

  • Hear Me Talkin’ to Ya

    published November 20, 2001

    Musical evenings rarely come as weird and wacky these days as did the October 25 Interpretations concert at Merkin Hall. We had opera without... More >>

  • Musico-Collateral Damage

    published October 30, 2001

    The Vietnam War left subtle traces on American music, but did not interrupt it or change its direction. Desert Storm had even less impact. But the... More >>

  • The Uptowners Among Us

    published October 9, 2001

    I haven't written much about composers of a generation younger than mine, and I feel bad about it. I've sometimes gone to their concerts without... More >>

  • Down But Not Out

    published September 25, 2001

    I'll never forget my first trip on the New York subway, in 1981. I saw a sign that referred to the WTC, and my mental screen froze. Why in the... More >>

  • We Will, We Will Nonpop You

    published September 11, 2001

    MONTPELIER—Well, I've finally been to Woodstock. It was the Ought One festival in Montpelier, Vermont, billed as "the Woodstock of... More >>

  • Everybody Plays

    published August 28, 2001

    Janice Giteck wrote an orchestra piece recently and showed it to a friend who's an Uptown, academic-type composer. The friend said, "It looks like... More >>

  • Departing From Recipe

    published August 7, 2001

    It is an article of faith among us new-music types that music should appeal to large audiences, and not only to experts and cognoscenti. We get a... More >>

  • Music Afraid to Be Heard

    published July 24, 2001

    Of all the composers in Europe, few would have been more interesting for the Lincoln Center Festival to bring in than Salvatore Sciarrino. He was... More >>

  • Jumping the Groove

    published July 10, 2001

    The day minimalism was born, inertia became a problem again. It had last been one in the 18th century. Bach and Handel, once they started a... More >>

  • Dueling With Symphonies

    published June 26, 2001

    In the late 1970s, Glenn Branca and Jeffrey Lohn invited Rhys Chatham to play bass with their band, Theoretical Girls, for a couple of gigs.... More >>

  • East Village Buddha

    published June 5, 2001

    In 1973, a 22-year-old punk rocker named Elodie Lauten saw an ad in The Village Voice seeking musicians for a women's rock band. She went... More >>

  • Skimmed Cream

    published May 22, 2001

    Since almost two years have elapsed since my last guide, there's no way to encompass the stacks of new discs rising like diminutive office... More >>

  • Credo in Unum Tonum

    published April 17, 2001

    It's odd, isn't it, that we so easily identify a certain type of music as "spiritual." Spiritual music is slow, or at least slowly changing, yet... More >>

  • Shades of Pretty

    published April 3, 2001

    One night many years ago, following a certain number of judgment-impairing libations, I and a friend of mine—who will probably be relieved to... More >>

  • Quite by Chants

    published March 20, 2001

    LONDON—My long-held image of Europe is that of a continent endlessly spellbound by the Darmstadt composers who became famous during... More >>

  • A Tale of Two Cities

    published March 6, 2001

    Seattle composer Janice Giteck has written about ritual as the essence of a musical performance, ritual defined as "people coming together... More >>

  • Women on the Verge

    published February 20, 2001

    So septuagenarian Lorin Maazel is chosen as the next conductor of the New York Philharmonic. Pierre Boulez, now 74, becomes Carnegie Hall's "new"... More >>

  • Mistaken Memories

    published February 6, 2001

    I ran into my old friend Al Niente at Tony Conrad's January 18 gig at Tonic. Conrad was droning away raspily on his violin, seeking out obscure... More >>

  • Songs of the Open Road

    published January 23, 2001

    I attended "Musical Intersections: Toronto 2000," the millennial mega-musicology conference in that city a few weeks ago. Less exciting than... More >>

  • Death Wish

    published January 9, 2001

    During the election campaign, George W. Bush—darling of the NRA and oil companies—referred time and time again to Al Gore as "the... More >>

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