Riot in Kassel

Stewart, J. L. (1991). Ernst Krenek: The man and his music. Berkeley: University of California Press.

“As Krenek recalls, when the parts had been distributed, he told the players: ‘Now we are going to play a piece which you will not understand one bit. Whoever thinks he has the theme please play very loud.’ The […]

Krenek Coming Up Next

One Final Post From Cage (For Now): Schönberg, Der grausamer Meister

On one occasion, Schoenberg asked a girl in his class to go to the piano and play the first movement of a Beethoven sonata, which was afterwards to be analyzed. She said, “It is too difficult. I can’t play it.” Schoenberg said, “You’re a pianist, aren’t you?” She said, “Yes.” He said, Then go to […]

A Robe of Orange Flame

On Sunday I went and heard a percussion recital. On it I heard perhaps my favorite piece for solo thunder-sheet ever. (That’s not saying much, it’s the only one I’ve heard). This piece and another that I recently heard called To The Earth by Frederick Rzewski really opened my eyes as to the possibilities of […]

Stockhausen “Studie II”

One of the ways Stockhausen put this piece together with the huge crescendos that go to a climax and then suddenly disappear was to record an attack with a synthesizer & reverb running. He would then record the sample of the attack + reverb playing backwards to get the desired effect.

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Pierre Schaeffer’s Étude Aux Chemins de Fer

Wagner & The NBA

From ESPN:

Even the Mavericks’ eventual victory seemed to me a grim thing hammered out of Teutonic ambition on a dark mountainside. As unsmiling as anything from Wagner, this was the championship Ring Cycle, with Dirk Nowitzki gripped in the irons of Fate, hollow-eyed and mad with fever, hauling Wotan and Brünnhilde and Dwyane Wade […]

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BRB –> Japan

I’ll be in Japan for 2.5 weeks. Even though I haven’t posted in like a month anyways, I wouldn’t expect anything soon. I am trying to write an essay about some current movements in contemporary classical that I believe to be a little craven. More on that later though, for now, enjoy this picture.

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From Reflections on Schoenberg:

Everything in art is uncertain and it is this very uncertainty, this very open-endedness, which is the real spur to invention and the creation of order, clarity, and inevitability. The mistake would be to believe, and continue to believe, that a prescriptive approach can remove the uncertainty of composing or that, […]