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When I talk about this being notes from a walking tour of music, I really do mean it. I really see this space as a place to share the various and sundry things I find, discover, learn and experience in my own journeys through music.

One thing that I like to use this for is when I find new or interesting online resources. Today, thanks to Alex Ross’ The Rest is Noisesite I’ve found a new website, NewMusicBox. Turns out, NewMusicBox is celebrating their ten year anniversary. As they say on their “About” page, they’re “to the music of American composers and improvisers and their champions”.

I’m just now starting to look at the site and it looks promising. Given how hard the classical music space is in general these days (and American composition space in particular) it’s great to find another new resource. Even better to find out they’ve been able to make it ten years. Here’s wishing them another ten.

Ute Lemper Online

I’m a huge Ute Lemper fan. I actually didn’t so much “discover” her as I “realized” who she was. When I was in college, I bought the Threepenny Opera on CD. A couple of years later, I saw Peter Greenaway’s Prospero’s Books, fell in love with Michael Nyman’s music for the film and picked up the soundtrack now sadly out of print). After a bit, I realized that someone named Ute Lemper sang on both of these. After I discovered another Nyman album, Michael Nyman: Songbook (also sadly out of print), with her singing, I was hooked and have been avidly following her ever since.

I’m proud to say I have every album of hers I’ve been able to lay hands on (the Ute Lemper playlist has 196 items right now) and she’s easily one of the main people I want to see perform live in my lifetime.

So, it’s quite the thrill for me to find that Ute Lemper is on Twitter now. It also looks like she’s got an official channel now on YouTube.

Of course, this Ute Lemper online moment is made a true social networking Trifecta because I found out about these through her Facebook page.


What Makes it Great: Steve Reich

In honor of his wining the Pulitzer, Rob Kapilow’s dedicated an episode of “What Makes it Great” to Steve Reich’s Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ.

As always, Kapilow provides a good, accessible explanation that can serve as a good starting point for those who aren’t familiar with Reich and minimalism, or for those who are familiar but maybe never really “got” it in the past.

Steve Reich Wins Pulitzer

This just in from NPR: Steve Reich has won the Pulitzer for his piexce Double Sextet.

The timing of this is quite apropos for me, as I just finished Ross’ thoughts on Reich in his book “The Rest is Noise”. I think Ross’ comments on his site speak for many: Finally.

Perhaps we’re seeing some reconciliation between music criticism and music listening? Maybe that dichotomy between music that is aesthetically praised and what people actually listen to is starting to lessen?

It remains to be seen.