Managing Editor Grant Chu Covell works in the Boston area for a global technology company that made hardware which Xenakis and Babbitt used to good effect. His music reviews have appeared in EAR Magazine and InMusic, and he was the publisher of The Periodic Journal of Bibliography (1990-95). A short article on a work for piano and tape is in the Csound Magazine. His instrumental and electroacoustic music has been performed in the U.S. and abroad, and he has shared too many CDs of his music with family and friends (one work was recorded in a refrigerator). Two electroacoustic works have appeared in commercial compilations: Presence III and The Door Project. A recent CD can be found here. A long departed family dog’s name was taken from a character in Wagner’s Ring.
Grant Chu Covell
An enormous stack of string quartet releases beckons. I’ll try for concision rather than rumination in this first of several posts.
Suppose you’re writing an opera and want it to run at the Metropolitan Opera. For best results, make it minimal with a political subject.
Despite a US sojourn which included scoring a few Disney films, Dessau remains obscure outside of East Germany, his home from 1948 until his death in 1979.
It has been a wonderful year for Forqueray: Two fresh releases paved the way for a desperately desired reissue.
The open minded will set aside Voudouris’ opaque titles and impenetrable notes and discover four works whose concrète techniques confound associations.
First heard ages ago in concert, Hartke’s violin duo Oh Them Rats is Mean in My Kitchen (1985) made a lasting impression
The late 18th-century American musical experience during the Washington, J. Adams and Jefferson presidencies would have included medleys alternating popular tunes and Continental fare.
I tackled this brick as if it were a detective novel, wondering how it would all end.
I’ve been dipping into this fluent sampler between more difficult stuff, enjoying Halffter’s compact brightness and Santinelli’s flair and execution.