Contemporary conduct

The twentieth century, as it progressed, presented serious challenges for the listener. But not only audiences were tested by this complex ‘new  music’; the job of conducting these scores demanded a whole new raft of techniques. There were complicated cross-rhythms: strange new time signatures: There were aleatoric scores with their chance elements, graphic scores that sometimes […]

Finale?

Having made the journey from the (relatively) straightforward major triad to the tonal saturation of the twelve-note chord. From w to w perhaps we can summon up enough courage to wonder about the future of ‘art’ music. The jeremiads about ever decreasing audiences and the consequent financial problems of the music industry notwithstanding, there are […]