Grant Chu Covell

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.

String Theory 7: 32 Quartets, etc.

Naxos’ third installment of Coates’ quartets delivers what appears to be her most recent quartet.

String Theory 7: 32 Quartets, etc.

Naxos’ third installment of Coates’ quartets delivers what appears to be her most recent quartet.

Piano Factory 8. (D. 840)

In 1825 Schubert abandoned a C major piano sonata. After Schubert died in 1828 his brother Ferdinand gave the manuscript to Schumann who then passed it to first publisher K.F. Whistling. Whistling presumed the sonata was left incomplete because of the composer’s death and erroneously gave it the nickname “Reliquie” (Relic).

Piano Factory 8. (D. 840)

In 1825 Schubert abandoned a C major piano sonata. After Schubert died in 1828 his brother Ferdinand gave the manuscript to Schumann who then passed it to first publisher K.F. Whistling. Whistling presumed the sonata was left incomplete because of the composer’s death and erroneously gave it the nickname “Reliquie” (Relic).

String Theory 6: 27 Quartets, etc.

An enormous stack of string quartet releases beckons. I’ll try for concision rather than rumination in this first of several posts.

String Theory 6: 27 Quartets, etc.

An enormous stack of string quartet releases beckons. I’ll try for concision rather than rumination in this first of several posts.

History Lessons: Nixon and Gandhi visit the MET

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.

History Lessons: Nixon and Gandhi visit the MET

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.

Mostly Symphonies 19.

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.

Mostly Symphonies 19.

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.

Pieces de Clavecin 6: Forqueray Forever

It has been a wonderful year for Forqueray: Two fresh releases paved the way for a desperately desired reissue.

Pieces de Clavecin 6: Forqueray Forever

It has been a wonderful year for Forqueray: Two fresh releases paved the way for a desperately desired reissue.

EA Bucket 13.

The open minded will set aside Voudouris’ opaque titles and impenetrable notes and discover four works whose concrète techniques confound associations.

EA Bucket 13.

The open minded will set aside Voudouris’ opaque titles and impenetrable notes and discover four works whose concrète techniques confound associations.

Munich Streets and Statues

A brief trip put me in Munich just after Oktoberfest.

Munich Streets and Statues

A brief trip put me in Munich just after Oktoberfest.

String Theory 5: Sometimes with Piano

First heard ages ago in concert, Hartke’s violin duo Oh Them Rats is Mean in My Kitchen (1985) made a lasting impression

String Theory 5: Sometimes with Piano

First heard ages ago in concert, Hartke’s violin duo Oh Them Rats is Mean in My Kitchen (1985) made a lasting impression

Mostly Symphonies 18.

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.

Mostly Symphonies 18.

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.