The best damn op 98 in history

I was driving Jorja Fleezanis and Michael Steinberg back to their hotel after our first meal upon their arrival when we got stuck at a railroad crossing. While I was chatting away to Jorja about trains as part of the rhythms of small town life, Michael was relatively quiet. To my mild relief, the train […]

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The Sequanza 21 tips thread

My recent reposting of “Tips for Composers” has drawn an unprecedented number of comments to Vftp, most of them positive. Not necessarily so at Sequenza 21, where there were as of this writing 43 comments ranging from positive to downright indignant. I’ve posted the following as a comment there, and also here for regular Vftp […]

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Fantasy classic-ball

Well, I’ve never attempted to start a meme or launch a blog poll, mostly because I fear I’m not actually popular enough to get anyone to take up the challenge….. Nonetheless, with my beloved Packers possibly only a few days away from earning the privilege of serving as cannon fodder for the New England Patriots, […]

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RIP- Edmund Hillary

The man credited with conquering Everest for the first time, Sir Edmund Hillary, one of the last of humanity’s great explorers has passed away at the age of 88. Though it was his ascent of Everest alongside Tensing Norgay in 1953 that earned him his  place in the public consciousness and his place in history, […]

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Something old is now something new at OES

The Oregon East Symphony has hard a long, hard slog trying to recover from “the fire,” and as I expected, the worst of it came not in the weeks just after the inferno consumed our offices, but after everyone’s focus had shifted come Autumn and the real wounds revealed themselves with an exhausted board and […]

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