Articles by Year: La Folia, 2004.

Thinking About Helmut Lachenmann, with Recommended Recordings

Helmut Lachenmann, the German composer born in Stuttgart in 1935, has been at the center of musical debates for nearly four decades and remains there, undaunted, today.

Thinking About Helmut Lachenmann, with Recommended Recordings

Helmut Lachenmann, the German composer born in Stuttgart in 1935, has been at the center of musical debates for nearly four decades and remains there, undaunted, today.

Wagner’s Ring Tones

A bit of non-music blather on the ray-de-oh announced that, globally, the customized cell-phone ring business is a $3.1-billion industry.

Wagner’s Ring Tones

A bit of non-music blather on the ray-de-oh announced that, globally, the customized cell-phone ring business is a $3.1-billion industry.

Transcendentalist Studies: Aimard, Hamelin, Mayer, Mead Tackle Ives’ Concord Sonata

From the year of its publication, the sonata has infuriated as much as it intrigues. Many have attacked the music’s impracticality and presumptuousness. It is, in fact, a monster on the page.

Transcendentalist Studies: Aimard, Hamelin, Mayer, Mead Tackle Ives’ Concord Sonata

From the year of its publication, the sonata has infuriated as much as it intrigues. Many have attacked the music’s impracticality and presumptuousness. It is, in fact, a monster on the page.

Alex Ross Among the Germans

On Alex Ross’ “Ghost Sonata: Adorno and German Music.”

Alex Ross Among the Germans

On Alex Ross’ “Ghost Sonata: Adorno and German Music.”

Notes from the Great Vacuum

These days, recordings provide my musical nourishment, with live music as a special occasion. In CDs I look for near-perfection, something satisfyingly well-done that will sustain my interest on repeated hearings.

Notes from the Great Vacuum

These days, recordings provide my musical nourishment, with live music as a special occasion. In CDs I look for near-perfection, something satisfyingly well-done that will sustain my interest on repeated hearings.

Late-Night Musings on a Late Sonata

Inside Beethoven’s sonata one manages a multifaceted, far-ranging and profound beauty of sound, emotion and idea.

Late-Night Musings on a Late Sonata

Inside Beethoven’s sonata one manages a multifaceted, far-ranging and profound beauty of sound, emotion and idea.

Project Notes, Part 28b

At the edge of a neglected cemetery facing the sea, provide 12 pianists with copies of the European Union’s Constitution transcribed into Morse code.

Project Notes, Part 28b

At the edge of a neglected cemetery facing the sea, provide 12 pianists with copies of the European Union’s Constitution transcribed into Morse code.

Silent Running Audio’s Ohio Class Isolation Platforms

As a matter of personal interest, those aspects of audio that most fascinate have generated the greatest controversy.

Silent Running Audio’s Ohio Class Isolation Platforms

As a matter of personal interest, those aspects of audio that most fascinate have generated the greatest controversy.

Sounds Like Now Festival in NYC

Sounds Like Now Festival in New York City at La Ma Ma E.T.C., from October 14 to 17, 2004.

Sounds Like Now Festival in NYC

Sounds Like Now Festival in New York City at La Ma Ma E.T.C., from October 14 to 17, 2004.

From Other Worlds: Bancquart, Hunt, Schoenberg’s Handwriting, the Vihuela

A trusted friend hands you a strangely colored gemstone. It seems to glow from within — a thing from another solar system.

From Other Worlds: Bancquart, Hunt, Schoenberg’s Handwriting, the Vihuela

A trusted friend hands you a strangely colored gemstone. It seems to glow from within — a thing from another solar system.