Author Archives: Everette Minchew

Happy Birthday, Mr. Babbitt.

Today the father of serialism turns 90. I had the pleasure of meeting him a few years ago at Milsaps College in Jackson, MS during a two day Babbitt-palooza of concerts and lectures. He was a very nice man, but … Continue reading

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An Unintended Series – Report #1 from Integrales 2006

Two or three years ago, I composed a work for solo alto saxophone titled, Figment. Later the same year, I composed a work for solo violin which I named Figment No. 2. I bet this wasn’t the first time the … Continue reading

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World Premieres?

Recently, I read an article (I can’t remember where, NY Times, Newmusicbox, one of several blogs…) which discussed the idea of world premiere performances and when is a performance an actual “world premiere.” Is the world premiere the initial performance? … Continue reading

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Composing as profession.

I don’t think I have ever considered composition as a profession. There are very few composers in this country that pay their bills by composing alone, so we resort to other methods to make ends meet. Some composers are also … Continue reading

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Aural Assault

Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation…. Tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, … Continue reading

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…So that happened.

I have decided to join the band wagon and make a post for the new year and recapping last year. First congratulations to Jerry on the first anniversary of the new Sequenza21 New Music community. (and a little thing called … Continue reading

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Intro to Prepared Piano

I was driving around the other day, and I popped in a Tori Amos cd I had in my car. It was her disc, Under The Pink, and it brought back memories of the first time I was introduced to … Continue reading

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Ain’t nothin’ gonna break our stride.

Saturday evening the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra gave its first concert since hurricane Katrina. The concert program was as follows: Carl Nielsen: Helios Overture, Opus 17Claude Debussy, Arr. Arthur Luck: Clair de luneChristopher Theofanidis: Rainbow BodyGustav Holst: The Planets, Opus … Continue reading

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Listening.

Lately I have really been getting into Steven Stucky’s Lutoslawski and His Music. In it Lutoslawski speaks of a chance encounter he had with John Cage’s Concert for Piano and Orchestra. Composers often do not hear the music that is … Continue reading

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The ever growing Sequenza21 family.

On Friday October 28 at 5:06 p.m. my wife, Cheryl, gave birth to our first child, an extremely handsome little boy named Asa Gray Minchew. He has a full head of brown hair and pretty blue eyes. He was born … Continue reading

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