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Speaking of Pulitzers, look who just got one!

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Hilary Hahn!

Well… Kinda.

Actually it was Jennifer Higdon who won the Pulitzer for a violin concerto written for Hilary Hahn. Most folks have never heard of this composer, but if you followed the links from my earlier post about Hilary, you may have stumbled upon her interviews with this now Pulitzer Prize winning composer.  It’s almost like I broke a story!  Kinda.

Maybe this video will get more than 3000 views now that she’s won a Pulitzer. Or maybe the piece will sit in limbo for ten years…

OK.  Now I gotta stop writing about Hilary Hahn.  I’m starting to sound like some sort of fan boy or something. I mean, it’s not like I’m writing a bunch of violin music, secretly hoping that she’ll champion it or anything. Nope. Not like that at all.

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Where often is heard…

I have to admit, before I started actively doing this composition thing, I was pretty naive about the whole endeavor. This is gonna sound pretty stupid and potentially a bit arrogant, but I figured that since you never heard much about new music or new operas, not many were being written, or at least notContinue Reading

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  1. Thanks Brian.

    Just as I was ready to abandon my pursuit of attempting (and failing) to sell out writing for TV and return to new opera/music theatre writing, composing and performing, I get this reminder of the reason why I stopped trying to make new work.

    Maybe I’ll just give give massages a dollar a minute on the Venice Boardwalk and become one of the crazies there. Or I’ll hole up in some desert cave like Harry Partch and build my own instruments to play for myself as I completely retreat for society.

    Way to start a Monday morning.



  2. Todd Schurk says:

    You may think it “corny” Brian,but I think Sousa was right about recorded (canned)music sir. With recorded music so readily available and mass produced,music performance in home (the piano in the parlor)became a thing of the past. And I think folks just got less serious about what they wanted to hear,play, or go listen to. Real listening to music that might make your brain work a bit was replaced by mindless 3 chord repetitiveness. I don’t know,but it just seems most people don’t have the time or inclination to dig any deeper than what pop culture bombards them with. Not everybody mind you,but more and more all the time.Having almost no music in schools certainly doesn’t help.But listening habits sure have changed in the last 100+ years more than any other time. And that pretty much coincides with the birth of the gramophone. It’s hard enough to get people in the seats for established opera or symphonic works,let alone new ones. They would rather spend $ on an Ipad or Guitar Hero. Sad,really sad.

  3. Brian Rosen says:

    Yay! Crushing dreams! EXACTLY what I set out to do when I started a blog.

    Todd…I’m not quite as bearish on the effects of recording technology on musical expression. There’s music being made out of those channels that is remarkably sophisticated. They don’t use the same harmonic language of a Mozart or Brahms, but I adore the soundscapes of the Books or Radiohead, or the insane glitch rhythms of the Venetian Snares or Aphex Twin.

    Or to paraphrase a line from one of our favorite shows:

    “Rubbish! Artistic snobbory! Idioteque is a perfectly magical tune. Anyone should be proud to have written it!”

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