Why Is Your Music Neo-Romantic, Rick? Part 2

Some time ago I wrote about how I came to start composing new music unexpectedly, using tonal, classical modes (just notes). I didn’t go into how I feel about normal new music, avante garde …

Why We Play the Old Stuff EVERY Year

I was responding on Greg Sandow’s blog to why the classical industry largely continues to play the standard repertoire each year.  We musicians of that industry can no longer take for granted …

Why Is Your Music Neo-Romantic, Rick?

I only began composing in 1999, about 5 years after I started transcribing symphonic music for my mixed octet CutTime Players (CTP). It started when I had this extremely vivid waking …

Getting Real with Classical Music Part 1

I often write in blog comments about the need for musicians to assume the lead making classical music (esp. symphonic music) truly accessible. By saying truly, I mean going beyond the …