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.

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.

Why Mahler Should Rest

Even before the recent spate of double celebrations, marking 150 years since his birth and 100 years since his death, Gustav Mahler had gained celebrity far beyond his achievements, which are large in scope, yet shallow in musical integrity.

Why Mahler Should Rest

Even before the recent spate of double celebrations, marking 150 years since his birth and 100 years since his death, Gustav Mahler had gained celebrity far beyond his achievements, which are large in scope, yet shallow in musical integrity.

Passion, Passion

The version here is mostly 1724, much more so than Haller, though the inclusion of the duet Himmel reiße, Welt erbebe was an adroit choice.

Passion, Passion

The version here is mostly 1724, much more so than Haller, though the inclusion of the duet Himmel reiße, Welt erbebe was an adroit choice.