Dan Albertson

Dan Albertson has written for La Folia since 2004. He is active in endeavors that involve language, lexicography, music, musicology, poetry, and translation. He never attended university and savors the liberty of being betwixt and between pigeonholes in life and in music. He is the founder and director of the Living Composers Project since 2000, has contributed to a variety of American and European publications and has edited multiple volumes of the British journal Contemporary Music Review on the composers Helmut Lachenmann, Earle Brown and Aldo Clementi, plus two volumes on modernism and the string quartet. He has been a member of its editorial board since 2014. He collaborates with Cybele Records in Düsseldorf and has contributed notes to various other labels. His poems are often very short and static in nature.

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.

Eastern Kingdom in the Midwest

Here was a concert of music from Vienna that, for once, ignored Beethoven, Mahler and Mozart.

Eastern Kingdom in the Midwest

Here was a concert of music from Vienna that, for once, ignored Beethoven, Mahler and Mozart.

Snapshots – Blur: Shulamit Ran

Shulamit Ran… is a composer of general tonality, or perhaps a general composer of tonality.

Snapshots – Blur: Shulamit Ran

Shulamit Ran… is a composer of general tonality, or perhaps a general composer of tonality.

Snapshots – Grace: Hans Abrahamsen

Having decried the bulk of contemporary music, I take a rare opportunity to indulge in advocacy.

Snapshots – Grace: Hans Abrahamsen

Having decried the bulk of contemporary music, I take a rare opportunity to indulge in advocacy.

Out with the New

For me, the most distressing element of new music is the self-satisfaction of its practitioners.

Out with the New

For me, the most distressing element of new music is the self-satisfaction of its practitioners.

Evolve or Perish

Classical music, if its foes are to be believed, should have been buried already.

Evolve or Perish

Classical music, if its foes are to be believed, should have been buried already.

Americans

Regular readers could divine that American music is anathema to me.

Americans

Regular readers could divine that American music is anathema to me.

Visiting Michigan

Who knew that Michigan could be fun?

Visiting Michigan

Who knew that Michigan could be fun?

Of Pain and Pleasure

In this case, a trio of autumnal concerts, more “pain” is displayed than “pleasure,” but such is the nature of music making in Chicago.

Of Pain and Pleasure

In this case, a trio of autumnal concerts, more “pain” is displayed than “pleasure,” but such is the nature of music making in Chicago.