"--the alert guitarist" The New York Times
"--The mirror-paneled recital room provided an apt visual metaphor for how such seemingly modest dimensions can trick the ear into an impression of vaster scale. Guitarist William Anderson brought both technical and expressive virtuosity to his accounts...a quasi-orchestral pallete of coloristic effects...deftly realized by Anderson as he shaped each entry with epigrammatic concentration." ----Thomas May, The Washington Post, reviewing Anderson performance with the Theater Chamber Players
"--Electrifying" New York Times
"--astonishing....astounding arrangements" The New York Times
"--virtuosos in their own right, and together produce chamber music proper...close observance of each other's actions...a very tight performance." Fanfare Magazine, referring to Wm. Anderson & pianist Joan Forsyth
Guide to Anderson sound & video on the Web
Tomorrow, Thursday, October 27
Playing Harold Meltzer's masterpiece *Brion* with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center--
January 31 @ Weill Hall
Unexpected Reunion for singers, guitar orchestra & strings, will receive its first full performance!
Here again, is a work that speaks to my convictions that none of the great profusion of 20th C. techniques have to be connected with tired old 20th C. sounds, despite my great love and devotion to all things 20th Century/Cold War--*when everything clicked.*
My 21st C.-- do everything without resorting to pastiche. Unexpected Reunion begins with phrase from a highly refined bluegrass guitar solo by Tony Rice. Modernist purists will run screaming from the hall! ***Defending modernist purists, while defending myself from same.....***
Recently--October 13 through 16
Fader/Anderson Duo does 5 shows in Vermont, showcasing Damon Ferrante's guitar duo Footbridge.
Harold Meltzer's Brion, with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
of Djuna Barnes settings
William Anderson's Barnes Settings @ Riverside Symphony
------December 2 @ Merkin Hall, 8PM-----
"The world premiere of William Anderson’s scoring of Djuna Barnes verses is a flight of fancy for Riverside Symphony"....TimeOut NY
"Riverside Symphony (Wednesday) This orchestra has long presented ideally balanced programs, and here’s another: There is Grieg, Bartok and Delius, plus a Charles Avison arrangement of Domenico Scarlatti and, not least, the premiere of William Anderson’s “Djuna Barnes Settings,” sung by the contralto Elizabeth Farnum." (Allen)
Cygnus @ Morgan Library
Works by Laura Kaminsky, Errollyn Wallen, Damon Ferrante, Jessie Mongomery
Ezra Pound and George Antheil
solo guitar works by Damon Ferrante, Harold Meltzer, Alper Maral, John McLachlan, Tolga Tuzun, Sinan Ersahin, and others
June 13, 19:30 Chiesa della SS. Annunziata, Avolo (SR)
with Associazione A.L. Mus.
Artistic Director: Maestro Sebastiano Bell'Arte
Solo guitar music by Damon Ferrante and Andrea Schiavo
Nell'Europa del XVII secolo
Ensemble Harmoniosi Concenti
Paola Modicano, canto
Letizia Viniguerra, violino
Angelo Litrico flauto, dritto
Barbara Colombo, viola da gamba
William Anderson, guitar e tiorba
Andrea Schiavo, arciliuto & chitarra barocca
Luca Ambrosio, clavicembalo
Istanbul Guitar Festival
Solo guitar performance with
Mertz *Bardenklange* and *Mazurkas & Polonaises*, Op. 3
Damon Ferrante's *Following the River* (premiere)
Tolga Tuzun's *and they fell....one by one* (premiere)
Alper Maral *and then the waters ebbed and we were left standing, just like that* (premiere)
Harold Meltzer *Doria Pamphili*
Sinan Ersahin *Cancion y Danza*
William Anderson *Grüne Heinrich*
Charles Wuorinen *Hexadactyl*
Friday, March 14, 2014 - 9:00 PMPerformances with Ebb & Flow Arts in Maui on August 8, and Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, Mexico, the next 6 months are devoted to composing *Poe's Mother* --Settings of poems by Djuna Barnes for Vox n Plux--the celebrated soprano Elizabeth Farnum with her two plucked string players, Bill & Oren -- first performance will be October 30 at the Italian...
Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 10:14 AMRecently performed solo in Istanbul, Florence and NYC (Spectrum). New music and early music in Sicily--works by Harold Meltzer, Damon Ferrante, William Anderson, Tolga Tuzun, Sinan Ersahin, and Alper Maral. and they fell one by one by Tolga Tuzun October 16, 2015 Wolpe Fund Concert Venue, TBA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yq1Qw92TySU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5bJdl_R1oQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bACj3OwP1Gs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDuvDUw6xSo New works by Anderson, Dawe, Wyner, Meltzer Just digesting...
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 2:17 PMI am now in Maui for Ebb & Flow Arts, to do works by Charles Wuorninen, Emil Awad, Robert Pollock and William Anderson. I am the token guitarist at Ebb & Flow's Piano Synergy weekend. So grateful to Ebb & Flow, and its director Robert Pollock for this extraordinary effort. Ebb & Flows productions are noteworthy because Pollock ignores cockeyed...
Sunday, December 20, 2015 - 8:26 AMRecording projects---> Emil Awad's *Fouad* Jose Saldana's *Homenaje a Joe Pass* Anderson works: *Afterlight* words by Kirsten Anderson Epicurean Song from The Death of Virgil May 10 Babbitt Centennial Bash featuring Wuorinen's *Cygnus* for tutti Cygnus, with 2 electric guitars Brickle's *Farai un vers* Dawe's *Glass Harmonica* Anderson's *Concertino* Konrad Kaczmarek's -new work tba- Babbitt *Vision & Prayer* w/Elizabeth Farnum...
Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 11:36 AMThe list of big 21st C. issues that Damon Ferrante has solved is impressive: New Complexity Dissonance & and unplayable polyrhythms are not, by themselves, complex. Dissonant music and music with crazy rhythms *can* be complex too. It's neither the dissonance nor the scary rhythms that make it so. If a discreet harmonic universe is to be sustained to Brahmsian...
Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 4:39 PMI do picaresque solo guitar programs all summer long, in the U.S. and Europe. Picaresque? The guitar is a picaresque instrument. Andres Segovia made a comment to Mexican composer Manuel Ponce in a well known letter, praising one of Ponce's works, calling it, "picaresque". Composers joust with musical norms in exactly the same way the picaro (rogue) pushes the limits...
Sunday, February 3, 2013 - 7:09 AMJ a p a n t o u r August, 2013 Rodrigo's Concierto Aramjuez at the Maebashi Concert Hall, Gunma, with Dina Koston's "Set of Three"; Wuorinen's Sonata for Guitar & Piano; Blasphemy (for guitar & piano) by Shoko Suzuki International F e s t i v a l C a m e r a t a 21 Veracruz, Mexico--September...
Friday, May 23, 2014 - 9:00 PMI think of the 3rd structural key, as the one the composer elects, while the 2nd structural key (dominant) is "natural", because it is obvious, built into every structural level. Examples: In Haydn Ab piano sonata, the 3rd structural key is f minor, and every detail from small to large points to f minor, just as, invevitably, the dominant is...
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 9:41 AMMilton Babbitt, a card carrying positivist whose Cold War music was funded by the CIA, wrote somewhere, "if music is to continue to evolve".... A preemptive strike: eugenics was very much in the positivist spirit. The remark doesn't have to be so insidious. You can decide. Babbitt's music evolved, and flowered in the truly transcendental late works. Babbitt furthered Schoenberg's...
Friday, May 15, 2015 - 3:12 PMNon-diatonic Symmetries are a Sometime Thing This is from Damon Ferrante's solo guitar piece, *Following the River*. (work in progress) I am preparing this work for a performance in Istanbul on May 22 of this year (2015). I became familiar with Ferrante's music through his *Footbridge*, for two guitars--a symphony for two guitars, about 30 minutes long. Here's a bit...
Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 9:39 AM----Sibelius!---- Alex Ross and Leon Botstein have found an interesting and useful vantagepoint. It enfolds Bang on a Can, and enlists that effort on its behalf. It is a vantagepoint that works very well with the 50 and over demographic--patrons of the not-youth-music scene. They are up for serious stuff--one doesn't have to be banging on cans to appeal to...
Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 3:57 PMRiverside Symphony December 2 @ Merkin Hall Eight Rhythms/Six Songs Djuna Barnes Settings world premiere for Vox n Plux and String Orchestra featuring soprano Elizabeth Farnum commissioned by the Riverside Symphony celebrating the 100th anniversary of the publication of Barnes first volume of poetry These settings of poems by Djuna Barnes begin with a key sample from her first published...
Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 9:00 PMJohn Cage @ 100! John Cage was the Pre-Raphaelite to end all Pre-Raphaelites. There are remnants of the Pre-Rahapelite movement in New York State, like Narnia, where there are memories of a some past reality, a crazy pre-reality TV world. ---In Manhattan, notably, among much more, there is the Woolworth building and Tudor City. ---In Westchester look at Scarsdale--the little...
Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 12:36 AM"A language and a style are blind forces; a mode of writing is an act of solidarity.”--Roland Barthes in his essay “Writing Degree Zero”. At the moment, there is little solidarity in the act of composing music. Boulez called for it when he said (paraphrasing) everyone has to look into what Schoenberg did. What Boulez meant is terribly clear to...
Friday, December 18, 2015 - 6:27 AMAnderson/Korf Djuna Barnes Settings Co-founder/Artistic Director/Composer-in-Residence of the Riverside Symphony is Anthony Korf. Korf was captivated by my Barnes settings for Vox n Plux--a trio consisting of guitarists Wm. Anderson (me, the composer) & Oren Fader, with the unprecedented, mold-breaking soprano Elizabeth Farnum (who spearheaded the trio, in fact). I now call the Vox n Plux version, the "UrBarnes", found...
Monday, December 21, 2015 - 12:37 PMOctober 16, 2015 Wolpe Fund Concert Leonard Nimoy Thalia @ Symphony Space *Concertino* with new works Dawe, Wyner, Meltzer. My *Concertino* I didn't intend this. It just happened--the Ennio Morricone opening. It's Bill & Oren as R2D2 & 3CPO / the two loners in Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress / various Sergio Leone figures / Quentin Tarrantino, etc.... After Tarrantino, &...
Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 7:56 AMTwo Anderson settings of Djuna Barnes @ the Morgan Library More singing & playing: Con mi morenica Joan Forsyth planted in the audience in Brno---> Elliott Carter's *Shard* This folksong setting is paired with Carter because it derives Carter's beloved all-trichord hexachord through a contrapuntal amalgum of supertonic harmonies. The song doesn't fit my voice very well at all---> Very...
Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 10:35 AMJonathan Dawe's Braggadocio (correctly spelled with two "g"s and one "c".) Brno Guitar Festival, 2011 talking stops at 1:55 (skip it!)
Friday, February 5, 2016 - 4:40 PMBabbitt & Historicism ( work in progress--email comments to me, please, at email@example.com ) In the famous & infamous “Who Cares if You Listen?” article in Stereo Review, Babbitt used the word, “evolve”. His detractors and even some of his admirers pounced on that. In later program notes he spoke of music being “everything it can be”. It can do...
Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 11:56 AMAndrew Imbrie is one of the precious few great American composers, and we have to thank Anthony Korf, George Rothman, Harold Rosenbaum, Riverside Symphony, and the New York Virtuoso Singers for championing Imbrie last night with a performance of a significant portion of *Adam*, for chorus and orchestra. The performance happened at The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, on...
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Monday, February 15, 2016 - 8:05 AMW I L L Y on the W E B a guide to Anderson sound and video on the web Very recently several of the record companies that release Anderson recordings have licensed the recordings with youtube. We're trying now to catalogue what's out there, both tudio recordings and live recordings. If you find anything you like, buy it on...
Monday, February 15, 2016 - 5:39 PMSo charming. Innova recently posted them all on Youtube, where I rediscovered them. Tom Zajac died tragically before his time. He played all the recorder parts here with such fire and conviction. On the Youtube posts, Innova did not mention all the great musicians---> Tom Zajac, recorders Jacqueline Carrasco, violin Joan Forsyth, piano I Raj Bhimani, piano II Wiliiam Anderson,...
Sunday, July 26, 2015 - 12:17 AMI must offer my experience to correct for some omissions and inaccuracies in Taruskin's discussion of Babbitt. --I am grateful for his making the distinction with regard to Boulez. Boulez used his techniques to be a rebel. I would add that, particularly with Le Marteau sans Maitre, he used fancy techniques to sound exotic. (Elsewhere I will discuss some aspects...
Monday, February 15, 2016 - 9:19 PMJonathan Dawe *Sirens* countertenor Mark Rimple, with William Anderson, guitar & James Hogg, viola Innova recently licensed all of their recordings with Youtube. Here are the links's to *Sirens*----> First Fantasie Ballade Second Fantasie Ground Mark Rimple is an early music guy as well as a composer, and we're hoping that the early music people fall in love with this...
Monday, July 27, 2015 - 4:39 AMI've mentioned that Taruskin is guilty of creating a grand narrative that is just as high flyin' Hegelian as that which Schoenberg perpetrated. Taruskin's grand narrative is that Western Music evaporated into hyper literality (at the expense of orality) in a reductio ad absurdam. Reactions to my first statements about Taruskin suggested that I was being too apologetic. True in...
Monday, July 27, 2015 - 7:09 PMI have been offering some recent mini-narratives--> 1--Babbitt's late blooming diatonicism 2--21st C. composers de-coupling techniques from the sounds associated with them. I wish to compare these with other mini-narratives. The last movement of Brahms’s op. 114 was a mind-blowing surprise to me. I was taught that Schoenberg’s 12-tone thing was a Hegelian ego trip. After hearing and noting what...
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 12:16 PMJOTTINGS Blair McMillen is on the left; then Jed Distler; in front of Jed is the back of Lisa Moore's head?; then Joan Forsyth; in front of Joan to the right is Sandra Sprecher. July 28, 7PM @ Spectrum I am delighted to report of a lovely evening at Spectrum last night. 24 pianists were asked to perform a prelude...
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 7:01 PMDecember 2 @ Merkin Hall Eight Rhytms/6 Songs Djuna Barnes Settings George Rothman, conductor featuring vocalist Elizabeth Farnum and Oren Fader, guitar & Dan Lippel, mandolin, guitar, theorbo Tickets---> Riverside Symphony Webite These songs define my 21 C. I sometimes call it, "post-maximalist" other times, "hyper-minimalist". Most important is that Djuana Barnes & I are perfect for each other. Setting...
Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 2:28 PMWolpe Fund Concert The Wolpe Fund was created last year by Zaidee Parkinson & Alanna Stone. For that first round, I composed a set of poems by the great unsung American hero, Djuna Barnes. That cycle is now expanded and tranformed into an orchestral work that will be performed by the Riverside Symphony on December 8. This year, the Wolpe...
Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 9:11 AMThe poetics of inversion plays into Babbitt problems. The big Babbitt problem is the misconception that it should be heard like free improv. The big problem here is that when you really are hearing, there's no doubt that it's anything but free improv. Nevertheless, even a battle hardened Babbitt veteran can come to an unfamilar Babbitt work and not only...
Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 6:11 PMhttps://soundcloud.com/wanderso-1/eight-rhythms-djuna-barnes-settings Death: Mastering the trope trumps the fear thereof, for a time..... [[ #carreerism. ]] //////////// The Chinese landscape poets put the birth of tragedy into negative relief. [[ #nietzsche ]] //////// Fads are rendered moot when we adopt a diachronic stance. When we adopt a diachronic stance, *anything goes*. People do adopt the diachronic stance, for example, when a...
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 9:00 PMOr.... Love and Death, American Style Someone has to point out the parallels between Brokeback Mountain and Tennesee William's Suddenly Last Summer. Plug: Speaking of Wuorinen's upcoming opera, *Brokeback Mountain*-- The Anderson/Fader Guitar Duo, aka, the Cygnus Guitarists -- will soon release Wuorinen's sterling little guitar duo, *Dodecadactyl* on Furious Artisans Records. It would make us very happy to see...
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 9:08 AMHilton Kramer Many of us happen to share his predudices. I don't pay attention to installations, performance art, Judy Chicago, Whitney Museum, etc. It's all just so much noise to me. Where I differ-- I concede that there is overwhealmingly powerful psychology behind the art I don't like. Yet that doesn't make me care about it any more. Another point--...
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 11:27 AMWhat Beckett Taught Me About Dina Koston's Music The recent Koston celebrations at the Library of Congress provoked some very positive and warm responses to Koston's muisc. I was delighted to find that. I was sad, but not so surprised to find that the praise was not unanimous. Koston's *Distant Intervals* was presented as a musical reflection of Beckett's Ohio...
Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 10:33 AMISCM World Music Days Wrocław, Poland October 2014 At the ISCM General Assembly, a slide show was presented by Max Yin, Executive Director of the Beijing Modern Music Festival (BMMF). There in that slide show, I was amazed to see a remarkable representation of a broad range of American composers—clear evidence of interest in the US scene. Thank you, BMMF!...
Monday, May 25, 2015 - 9:04 AMLecture at Vildiz Technical University Alper Maral, composer and musicologist, collaborator, and friend, asked me to give a talk at his University. We agreed that I would talk about 21st C. Music and the Guitar. We also agreed that I am a Babbitt guy, and that I might explain what he was all about. I am quickly trying to record...
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 10:23 AM--Musical resonances with Noether's Theorem-- Emmy Noether's theorem was summaraized nicely by Natalie Angier in today's Science Times-- "What the revolutionary theorem says, in cartoon essence, is the following: Wherever you find some sort of symmetry in nature, some predictability or homogeneity of parts, you’ll find lurking in the background a corresponding conservation — of momentum, electric charge, energy or...
Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 9:03 PMAb nou cor Music of Frank Brickle is the title of my most recent CD with Cygnus. Released by Furious Artisans --> http://furiousartisans.com/catalog/ab-nou-cor-music-of-frank-brickle On Facebook Brickle & I go back over 20 years, and I've been a great fan throughout. I started out admiring the way he would have lovely, prolonged moments of diatonic (good old-fashioned tonal) harmony in his...
Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 4:50 PM*Our Bad Habits* Modernism was motivated to a great degree by a disgust with inauthenticity-- ideals, images, values that survived longer than they should have survived, becoming bad habits. The cases of England and Austria have certain affinities, despite the fact that England went the other way, while Austria clung to the old order. This is seen in the affinity...
Saturday, September 22, 2012 - 7:16 AMSounding Beckett www.soundingbeckett.com Sounding Beckett Press & Reviews “Sounding Beckett” is directed by Joy Zinoman, the founding artistic director of the Studio Theater in Washington (she stepped down in 2010), who chose the plays and has staged them with a glamorous starkness and a clear respect for the works’ purity. They alternate with original musical compositions that they inspired, performed...
Monday, March 26, 2012 - 6:46 AMSuperarrays This is a report of my latest discussions and thoughts about superarrays, following a meeting with theorists and composers at the CUNY Graduate Center, which is now a great hotbed of Babbitt study, with Joe Straus, Jeff Nichols, Zach Bernstein and Daniel Colson all there at the same time. Joe presides there as the seasoned Babbitt scholar, Zach and...
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 8:07 AMA monthly posting of non-pop songs of pop-music proportions. ....you enter a Staabuks ... ...and you are blasted with something unexpected.... --non-pop that pushes against artsong --or non-pop songs that push against WAM --not much more than 4 minutes in length --not much much less than 2 minutes in length Please send links to your Parallel Musical Universe songs for...
Sunday, April 15, 2012 - 3:31 AMCygnus and friends gave a Kreisler celebration at the Library of Congress on February 3 of this year. The Library cleverly paired a living American composer--Haorld Meltzer--with Kreisler. The Library had Meltzer write a new work for violin and piano, Kreisleriana, a McKim Fund commission. Charles T. Downey describes the event here--> http://ionarts.blogspot.com/2012/02/cygnus-ensemble-at-loc.html I appreciate the good fight that Mr....