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Romeo Cascarino, Maurice Wright

On the first Saturday of the month Jack Moore and I host Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection on WRTI 90.1 FM in Philadelphia and on the all-classical webstream at wrti.org. We also broadcast encore presentations of the entire Discoveries series (now eight years...

It’s our fault

Is orchestral music a style? My answer would have been a quick No, as neither is trumpet music a style, or vocal music. But I had to stop and wonder, since the issue came up on Kyle Gann’s illuminating blog PostClassic. He recounts the tale of a composer who had a new...

Fun!

Yes, I was correctly quoted in the Inquirer; that’s what I said about the Asphalt Orchestra at 30th Street Station, brought to Philadelphia by Bang on a Can and others. You can read about it here. Hearing Mingus, Zappa, and Björk played by a marching band of piccolo,...

Harmonia Early Music Podcast

Just getting to it now, but on 13 June 2009 Harmonia Early Music on Indiana University’s WFIU featured bits of Vespers, along with the fascinating VSPRS by Fabrizio Cassol. It’s all on their Podcast, hosted by Bernard Gordillo. You can find it...

What, me struggle?

In the Broad Street Review, Beeri Moalem wrote about “one struggling young composer’s attempt to make some sense of” where the sweep of music history has brought us, and how a composer can offer anything meaningful in view of the plethora of styles. Dan Coren, one of...