Today is about where history of music is, and where it should be. Let me know what you think! COMMENT BELOW!!
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1) I can tell you are using a Mac! Keep at it.
2) Loose the glasses… please. I can’t see your eyes too well because of the glare. (Glare was one of the reasons I wear contacts now).
3) I would love to hear some more music history. I sometimes kick myself for not even getting a minor in music. My degree in Aerospace Engineering isn’t as helpful as my music skills are right now. (When I get some more free time, I’m about to review HS music theory (Thanks Dr. Russell!), but I’m going to leave out that 12 tone grid. 🙂 )
4) BACH and all the others must be still studied. Everything has to rely on something. Their works form the basis of everything else.
5) One of the big “new” things in modern classical music is the usage of sampled instruments. I’ve read Eric Whitacre’s mention of film composers using this technique on his blog, and even EW is using it in “Paradise Lost”. However, I have seen first hand that this is not always acceptable to some purists. I speak from the point of view of an (beginning) organist. One of the big things going on in that realm of the musical world is the Pipe Organ vs. electronic or digitally sampled organs (including hybrid instruments). And yet even still Pipe Organs and the many different construction types (trackers, pneumatic, etc). But in the end, Principal voices aside, all the other organ stops are imitating an orchestral instrument in some manner. You can hear Cameron Carpenter discussing some of these things on the Performance Today episode from June 2, 2010.
Somewhere you mentioned Eric Whitacre not getting too much attention. His Virtual Choir performing Lux Aurumque has been getting attention all over the globe lately. (I should probably mention how much I like his chord structures.)
Thanks Brian for your comment and input! I have been wearing contacts for seven years now, and just got glasses to switch to and from. Suggestion noted!
Although Whitacre and his opera are definitely getting attention, especially for his virtual choir that you mentioned, he is far more famous in the vocal world than others. I see that day ending soon though where he’s known as he is now. He is going to be one of the most influential composers of our time. Is there a link to the Performance Today video? I’m definitely interested!
Sorry, its been awhile. This link is from the special features section from the PT website: http://performancetoday.publicradio.org/www_publicradio/tools/media_player/popup.php?name=performance_today/features/2010/06/02/carpenter_20100602_128
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