Dan Albertson

Dan Albertson, (“he”), born betwixt a quarter and a third of a century ago and once from small-town Michigan yet now settled further to the Midwest, is biographically reticent, a man of few passions and perhaps, per Musil, a man lacking in qualities. No training in any particular field, but seems closest to belonging in the realm of musicology. He both delights in, and is dismayed at, his lack of institutional affiliation. He is the founder and director of the Living Composers Project, though his own interest has turned decidedly against contemporary music in recent years and towards the Baroque and Renaissance. Thank you, Sir Roger. Contemporary music is too often “garbage,” he believes, though with obvious exceptions. He is the author of critical articles for American and European publications and has edited four volumes of Contemporary Music Review, on composers Helmut Lachenmann, Earle Brown and Aldo Clementi. As a poet, he has collaborated with several composers but tends to write poems as gifts — sometimes welcomed. As translator, he works regularly with Cybele Records in Düsseldorf. He enjoys walks, jogs, swims and paintings, but not all at once.

Descending

A representation of a composer on the verge of brilliance, this recording is essential and, for now, the only option.

Descending

A representation of a composer on the verge of brilliance, this recording is essential and, for now, the only option.

Musica somnambulistica

Late Feldman is an experience at any tempo.

Musica somnambulistica

Late Feldman is an experience at any tempo.

Snapshots:
Serenity, Perturbed – Aribert Reimann

Nacht-Räume is neither song nor song-cycle. Indeed, it is mostly not a vocal composition at all.

Snapshots:
Serenity, Perturbed – Aribert Reimann

Nacht-Räume is neither song nor song-cycle. Indeed, it is mostly not a vocal composition at all.

Eight Beacons

My enthusiasm for the new in music has faded in recent years… I therefore take this opportunity to give some attention to eight composers 40 and under.

Eight Beacons

My enthusiasm for the new in music has faded in recent years… I therefore take this opportunity to give some attention to eight composers 40 and under.

Musica geriatrica

I call out these orchestras for their ineptitude. I call them out for pandering, for being complacent and for providing a disservice rather than enrichment to the cultural life of their respective cities.

Musica geriatrica

I call out these orchestras for their ineptitude. I call them out for pandering, for being complacent and for providing a disservice rather than enrichment to the cultural life of their respective cities.

Not an Encomium for Pierre Boulez

Pierre Boulez, the maître, will turn 90 next month. This occasion engenders a poem and a brief acknowledgment of conflicted thoughts.

Not an Encomium for Pierre Boulez

Pierre Boulez, the maître, will turn 90 next month. This occasion engenders a poem and a brief acknowledgment of conflicted thoughts.

Of Ephemera

Critics and the artists that they cover are allies in having an inflated estimation of their own worth. Perhaps the former have been deluded into thinking that the act of reviewing, reflexive instead of creative, is of inherent heft.

Of Ephemera

Critics and the artists that they cover are allies in having an inflated estimation of their own worth. Perhaps the former have been deluded into thinking that the act of reviewing, reflexive instead of creative, is of inherent heft.

Of Light through the Clouds

The Rands Concerto is, contrary to its title, much more a series of interactions between piano and different sections of the orchestra.

Of Light through the Clouds

The Rands Concerto is, contrary to its title, much more a series of interactions between piano and different sections of the orchestra.

Sweet Blandishment

In music, as in all aspects of life, one must take the good with the bad.

Sweet Blandishment

In music, as in all aspects of life, one must take the good with the bad.

Snapshots: Miroslav Srnka

Piano concertos are experiencing a surge – and not merely from populist corners of the musical spectrum.

Snapshots: Miroslav Srnka

Piano concertos are experiencing a surge – and not merely from populist corners of the musical spectrum.