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To Repeat or Not in Symphonic Form

April 18, 2013 | Tags:

Recently the topic of whether to take repeat or not in symphonic form was discussed on the conductor’s list-serve from the League of American Orchestras. The original question arose with Brahms symphonies. Here is my reply. While some of this looks technical, it is really mostly about trying to find out how the music breathes and occupies time and space. I hope you find it interesting.

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The Power of Small

April 17, 2013

One upside to the country’s downturn: I’m feeling that people, for the first time in a long while, are examining our assumptions about our current culture so characterized and driven by “the market”. This shift gives us a welcomed chance to refocus our attentions on the individuality of the artistic experience. During this previous period of hyper-market-driven expansion, we in the art world have spent a lot of effort and thought on groups: demographics, niches, market share –terms strikingly unindividual and impersonal. Ironically, the dialogues and practices resulting from this kind of thinking often are tinged with almost socialist-realist goals – mass appeal, understandable and predictable storylines, and so on.

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Op-Ed: The Arts Link Students’ Hearts and Minds

May 20, 2008 | Tags:

Baltimore Sun

Reprinted with permission from the Baltimore Sun

Last week, I attended the “Sing and String” concert at Roland Park Elementary/Middle School. The energy in the room was extraordinary. As a conductor and parent, I was immensely proud of our music programs. It is not coincidental that so many of the students advancing to the most rigorous academic programs are also linchpins of their school’s music programs. But dwelling excessively on this correlation severely limits the value of the arts and their potential place in our lives. Anecdotes about the link between the arts and intellectual achievement are legion. It is no secret that Einstein was an avid amateur violinist. Somewhat less well-known: When Werner Heisenberg had his epiphany for the Uncertainty Principle while at a conference, across the courtyard from his hotel room, a violinist was playing the Bach “Chaconne.” The arts, however, represent far more than mere steroids for academic achievement and socialization. Thought and learning require an outlet. Scientists have shown that a person deprived of dreaming, even with sufficient sleep-hours logged, will go insane. The arts provide a waking dream, if you will.

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