American Academy Arts and Letters Statement in Response to the Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine

Statement in Response to the Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine

George Crumb 1929 – 2022

Lorca wrote La muerte entra y sale de la taberna (“Death walks in and out of the tavern”), which George Crumb set in Madrigals, Book II.  This has been a big year of loss among composers whose work influenced me.  (I will write about Louis Andriessen, who died in the summer, soon.) George Crumb’s death is particularly read more »

Bridge Records Releases “The Music of Stephen Jaffe, Vol. IV”

      The link above will get patrons to a hard copy.  The following link will get patrons to digital copies. https://bridgerecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-music-of-stephen-jaffe-vol-4

Trio for Viola, Clarinet and Piano

The 21st Century Consort, among my wonderful collaborators, will introduce TRIO, for viola, clarinet and piano (“aka “Washington Trio”) as part of the Consort’s series in Washington on Sunday, February 5, 2022 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. http://www.21stcenturyconsort.org/index.php/in_season#19670.  The performers are Paul Cigan, clarinet, Daniel Foster, viola, and Lisa Emmenheiser-Sarratt, piano.  The Trio was commissioned by read more »

Pandemic Collaborators: String Quartet No. 3 (“A Tapestry”)-Ciompi Quartet, and Four Pieces Quasi Sonata–Electric Earth Concerts

In nice video renditions, two beautiful performances of my chamber music were presented virtually during the pandemic year.  The Ciompi Quartet revisited String Quartet No. 3 (“A Tapestry”), and Jonathan Bagg and Mimi Solomon, under the guise of New Hampshire’s Electric Earth Concerts, performed Four Pieces Quasi Sonata for viola and piano.  I am very grateful these musicians read more »

Urging My Colleagues to Tell Gov. Cooper to Veto HB 324

Dear Governor Cooper: as an educator with more than 40 years experience teaching at Duke University, I am offended by HB 324, and I am writing to you to ask for your veto of this scornful and unwise legislation. The proponents of the bill say that it would protect students from being shamed. Nobody would read more »

James Primosch (1956-2021)

Very sorry to hear of the loss of my friend and colleague, Jim Primosch.  I am very saddened to hear of his death, and send condolences to his family and to musical colleagues, especially in the Philadelphia area. I am a mourner at his funeral, and an admirer. Cinder We needed fire to make the read more »

Still Life With Blue: feature by the Durham Symphony’s Music Director

Some volunteers are charmed. In May 2012, I composed something of a volunteer. William Curry, the Durham Symphony’s conductor came in at the end of the month, just as I was playing it through, and said “I want that piece”. To make a long story short, in 2013, Still Life With Blue became the first movement of a three read more »

Yellow Barn

In June 2020 I was invited to speak about the late Mario Davidovsky’s series of  Synchronisms for instruments or instrumental ensembles with electronics.  Together with Seth Knopp, Director of Yellow Barn, and Curtis Macomber, violinist and faculty member, my presentation and the conversation that followed introduced a new generation of performers about the background which read more »

Diane Moser

I was very sad to hear of the passing of our colleague Diane Moser.  What a superb, courageous, musical intelligence she brought to everything she put her hands to.  And with such courage and friendship for fellow musicians and students.  Diane was a colleague at the Vermont College of the Fine Arts.  One of her read more »