Grant Chu Covell

Managing Editor Grant Chu Covell works in the Boston area. He once worked for a global technology company that made hardware which Xenakis and Babbitt used to good effect. He was the publisher of the brilliant but forgotten The Periodic Journal of Bibliography (1990-95), and his music reviews have appeared in EAR Magazine and InMusic. His instrumental and electroacoustic music has been performed in the U.S. and abroad, and he has shared many CDs of his music with family and friends (one piece was recorded in a refrigerator). A short article about a composition he wrote for piano and tape can be found in the Csound Magazine. Two electroacoustic works have appeared in commercial compilations: Presence III and The Door Project. A recent CD can be found here, and another is in preparation. A long departed family dog’s name was taken from a character in Wagner’s Ring.

String Theory 26: Some Duos, Duets

The Miller Porfiris Duo offers what appear to be the first complete performance of Fuchs’ overlooked 12 Duets.

String Theory 26: Some Duos, Duets

The Miller Porfiris Duo offers what appear to be the first complete performance of Fuchs’ overlooked 12 Duets.

Innovation in Boston

Three recent concerts in Boston featuring Adès, Ives and Shepherd.

Innovation in Boston

Three recent concerts in Boston featuring Adès, Ives and Shepherd.

Piano Factory 23.

Forsberg offers a program of doubly neglected works. First off, these are all pieces by women composers, and secondly, none of them fits easily into the big styles of the late 19th or early 20th century.

Piano Factory 23.

Forsberg offers a program of doubly neglected works. First off, these are all pieces by women composers, and secondly, none of them fits easily into the big styles of the late 19th or early 20th century.

String Theory 25: 12 Quartets, etc.

Sani has set himself the task of responding to Rothko’s work. Clearly it’s not possible to replicate the canvasses’ images with music, but it is possible to present forms and shapes that reflect Rothko’s expansive vision and bold color fields.

String Theory 25: 12 Quartets, etc.

Sani has set himself the task of responding to Rothko’s work. Clearly it’s not possible to replicate the canvasses’ images with music, but it is possible to present forms and shapes that reflect Rothko’s expansive vision and bold color fields.

String Theory 24: Quartets in Different Intonation (at least 15 of them)

Johnston’s ten string quartets constitute one of the most vital yet obscure series in the latter half of the 20th century.

String Theory 24: Quartets in Different Intonation (at least 15 of them)

Johnston’s ten string quartets constitute one of the most vital yet obscure series in the latter half of the 20th century.

Unsolicited Remarks

Even after bumping into derivatives and less artful followers, Lachenmann’s original acerbic brittleness still delights after a long absence.

Unsolicited Remarks

Even after bumping into derivatives and less artful followers, Lachenmann’s original acerbic brittleness still delights after a long absence.

Mostly Symphonies 32.

It becomes a bit of a game to guess what lies around the corner, like anticipating whether a rogue chef might festoon a sweet dessert with chopped parsley.

Mostly Symphonies 32.

It becomes a bit of a game to guess what lies around the corner, like anticipating whether a rogue chef might festoon a sweet dessert with chopped parsley.

Mostly Symphonies 31.

It is regrettable that late 19th-century American music is routinely ignored, or treated as a provincial curiosity, when entire generations were trained in Europe.

Mostly Symphonies 31.

It is regrettable that late 19th-century American music is routinely ignored, or treated as a provincial curiosity, when entire generations were trained in Europe.

Chion: Études and Essays (EA Bucket 26.)

Brocoli compiles Chion’s earliest pieces. A strict archivist might have sequenced these chronologically, but this order makes a dramatic design.

Chion: Études and Essays (EA Bucket 26.)

Brocoli compiles Chion’s earliest pieces. A strict archivist might have sequenced these chronologically, but this order makes a dramatic design.

Armchair Operas and Amusements 13.

An invigorating program featuring difficult works in the lied tradition.

Armchair Operas and Amusements 13.

An invigorating program featuring difficult works in the lied tradition.

Kurtág: Signs, Messages, but no Games / Armchair Operas and Amusements 12. / Hungarian Holiday 4.

ECM has bundled crackerjack performances of 11 large-scale compositions, most with voices backed by orchestra or large ensembles.

Kurtág: Signs, Messages, but no Games / Armchair Operas and Amusements 12. / Hungarian Holiday 4.

ECM has bundled crackerjack performances of 11 large-scale compositions, most with voices backed by orchestra or large ensembles.

Pièces de Clavecin 11.

Bustijn is perhaps the best or most accessible example we have today of Dutch music in the Baroque era. It is said that Bach possessed a copy of these Suittes.

Pièces de Clavecin 11.

Bustijn is perhaps the best or most accessible example we have today of Dutch music in the Baroque era. It is said that Bach possessed a copy of these Suittes.