Sara Haefeli is a professor of music history, theory & composition at Ithaca College.
Over here at The Avid Listener, Haefeli auditions the idea of a Darwinian effect in music — that is, that music and musical ideas evolve over time. Haefeli explores a couple notions — one, that music could have an “ultimate goal;” and two, that great tunes are merely mile-markers as our favorite artists march inexorably towards some final musical perfection.
Last week I joined Virginia Prescott on the New Hampshire Public Radio show Word of Mouth. It wasn’t confrontational or headline-grabbing like Frost-Nixon. We didn’t go pillar-to-post like a classic, hour-long Flair-versus-Steamboat matchup. But we did cover good ground on what orchestras, classical musicians and casual fans can do to re-energize the music.
The whole thing is 13 minutes. Feel free to hit the above link and stir it up in the comments.
Every year here in beautiful Boston, Mass., the Berklee College of Music releases a guide to music industry careers. It’s about as complete a survey as I’ve seen. Here’s a more or less representative list of positions and corresponding yearly hauls in 2012.
Music librarian: Starting salary $40k
Video game sound designer: $40k – $120k
Music journalist: $15k – $30k
Record producer: $25k (good luck) – $1M (P. Diddy)
Concert promoter: $0 to $1M (most are on the low end, no?)
Piano tuner: $100 – $185 per piano tuned
Commercial jingle composer: $100 – $8k+ per jingle
Church choir director: $5k – $70k
Orchestral musician: $28k – $143k Continue reading The Crisp Moneymaker Effect (TM)→
Kyung-wha Chung is a top-flight violinist who’s been away from the stage for over a decade. She developed a problem with her left index finger, and retired from concertizing. Or so we thought.
When Chung made her triumphant return last week in London — finger problem forgotten, 12 years since her last show in that city — people were going H.A.M. Chung played Mozart, Frank and Prokofiev sonatas. Bach Chaconne, too. The audience whooped & hollered. In between movements, unable to emote in human ways, the audience coughed a little. Okay, a lot. Continue reading Kyung-wha Chung, kill-joy violinist, ices kid concert cougher→
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