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A multi-media publication from New Music USA.
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In WTC 9/11, Steve Reich follows the repetitions and cyclical structures of minimalist and post-minimalist music, but applies a heavy editorial hand to his sources and their setting to construct an unambiguous emotional and affective narrative. Tim Rutherford-Johnson concludes his examination of memorial music with a piece that creates a sort of minimalist realism rather than an abstract space for contemplation. http://bit.ly/2oMgY5a
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According to Emily Doolittle, not all women become mothers, but all women may find themselves affected by anti-mother bias. She explains how composers who are mothers intentionally and unintentionally get written out of new music. http://bit.ly/2q6SN6s
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Congratulations to Claire Chase, who has won the 2017 Avery Fisher Prize. The honor includes a monetary award of $100,000 and a marble plaque in David Geffen Hall.

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Are you allowed to plagiarize your own music? Dale Trumbore concludes her provocative series of posts with a look at how a composer's style becomes distinctive not only because certain ideas are present in many of their compositions, but because that composer has made compelling artistic choices deliberately and repeatedly across their body of work. Rather than imitating old ideas or forcefully repurposing them into new pieces, we can view a creative lifetime as a chance to create our own musical vocabulary. http://bit.ly/2p9nghm
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Tim Rutherford-Johnson continues his examination of memorial music with a deep dive into Michael Gordon’s "The Sad Park": "a rare portrait of doubt, anger, anguish, and bafflement that stands apart from the calming tone of official memorial style." http://bit.ly/2oNVYOM
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Practitioners of serious music have often neglected to take their physical selves seriously. But in new music today, a focus on the body as performing subject is gaining momentum. Ready or not, Jessica Aszodi digs into The New Discipline. http://bit.ly/2pAGtLs
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Looking to have a full-time composing career but questioning how to best establish yourself? Dale Trumbore demonstrates how she embraced the work she was "best" at while leaving room for her career and her music to evolve. http://bit.ly/2ohmcH2
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Whether he was playing his own innovative compositions or finding new ideas in a timeless standard, you could always clearly hear the big sound of Arthur Blythe (1940-2017). Listen to some of his most treasured recordings while reading a tribute by his friend and longtime collaborator Oliver Lake. http://bit.ly/2oHetoK
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Congratulations to the inaugural class of Blackbird Creative Lab musicians! Thirty early-career composers and performers have been chosen to receive fellowships to the newly launched two-week summer training program taking place in Ojai, California, this June. http://bit.ly/2ovNAUf
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If one were looking for an official “monument” among musical responses to 9/11, one might expect to find it in John Adams’s "On the Transmigration of Souls." Tim Rutherford-Johnson explores the power behind its construction--the adaptation of minimalist tropes to create a neutral space that can record without moralizing. http://bit.ly/2o8W4Ob
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