In the August issue, David Aaron Carpenter discusses his new recording of Brahms's Clarinet Quintet in B minor, to be published on the Ondine label in the autumn of 2013.
Archive – July 2013
As director of choral activities at Princeton University, Gabriel Crouch spends more of his time working with, technically, ‘amateur’ choirs than he does with professional groups. He is the founder, director and member of the professional early music group Gallicantus, as well as the choir Tenebrae, and was a member of the King’s Singers for almost a decade before moving to America, but this is a balance he chooses, and one he finds musically far more nourishing.
So Percussion recently unveiled "neither Anvil nor Pulley," a work for laptop/percussion quartet and turntable by Dan Trueman. Mixing turntables, microphones, video game controllers, drums and laptops, among other tools, the piece is an exploration of what it means to be a musician in the digital age. The recording is available exclusively via digital download.
On Monday, Anatoly Iksanov, the besieged general director of the Bolshoi Theatre, was forced to resign. It has been speculated in Moscow that his departure was hastened by Yuri Grigorovich, the octogenarian éminence grise of the Russian dance scene, who had not to this point got involved. The intervention was long overdue, in the opinion of Iksanov’s harshest critics, who have compared his tenure to a plague in the land.
Scott Burnham, the Scheide Professor of Music History, will speak on "Mozart's Grace" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 15, and Steven Mackey, professor of music and a Grammy Award-winning composer, will speak on "Performance Affects Music," about his sonata for violin and piano, at 4:30 p.m. on July 16, as part of the Golandsky Institute Summer Symposium, a weeklong piano conference. Both lectures will take place in McCormick Hall, Room 101.
The concert had begun in darkness too. For Lainie Fefferman’s “Big Breath,” there was one trumpeter in each corner of the room. One by one, they switched on lamps, illuminating their music stands as they shot out volleys of fast notes that crisscrossed in space, forming a fanfare. From the rear balcony, an unseen ensemble of low brass instruments added chords like puffed-up clouds.