Posting has been sparse thanks to the day job, family duties, and attempts to compose. But here are a few items:
– Mindy Wagner‘s Trombone Concerto is out on Bridge Records. This is an important release of music that truly deserves to be much more widely known. I hope to write more about this release soon.
– Do the Math has posted what adds up to a small book on Bud Powell, with many transcriptions and plenty of commentary.
– Guitarist Dan Lippel plays Davidovksy, Carter, Dai Fujikura, Richard BelCastro and more at Delaware County Community College in Media, PA on Sunday, October 2 at 3:00
– Curtis Opera Theater is presenting Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot by Peter Maxwell Davies with soprano Anna Davidson in the title role. It has been a while since I saw the superb Christine Schadeberg do the piece, but I recall it as quite a tour de force. A dramatic cantata of Handel completes the evening. Performances are October 6 through the 9th at 7:30 at the Curtis Institute.
– The only Pulitzer Prize winning composer to perform with both Miles Davis and Toscanini has written his autobiography, coming out next month.
– Chopin and Liszt star in the webcomic Hark, a Vagrant. (Perhaps a companion to Strauss and Mahler at the movies.)
Orpheus has a nice site on their New Brandenburg commissions – all six of which, including works by Hartke, Moravec, Theofanidis, Melinda Wagner, Maxwell Davies, and Kernis, will be heard at Carnegie on May 6.